Dame Sarah Connolly curates a Residency at Wigmore Hall in the 2018/19 season, designed to shine a light on her diverse musical interests and passions.
The residency begins on 19 September, when Sarah gives a masterclass to four talented young singers, each from one of the London conservatoires – the RCM where Dame Sarah was herself a student, the RAM, GSMD and Trinity Laban.
Sarah is joined by Tenebrae on 24 October, the choir of which she is patron. At the beginning of her career Dame Sarah was a member of both the BBC Singers and the Glyndebourne Chorus, and choral music and choral singing remains close to her heart. The programme features Judith Bingham’s A Walk with Ivor Gurney, a piece written especially for Dame Sarah and Tenebrae.
Sarah is then joined by her regular recital partner, Joseph Middleton, on 16 November, to perform a programme of French music entitled L’Invitation au Voyage, which takes the audience on various exotic journeys courtesy of Maurice Ravel, his predecessors and contemporaries. They are joined by young baritone James Newbie, flautist Adam Walker and bassoonist Amy Harman.
On 15 March 2019, Sarah offers Dominick Argento’s cycle from Virginia Woolf’s posthumously published A Writer’s Diary, which won the composer the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, and Schumann’s moving late settings of texts attributed to Mary Stuart. She is partnered by pianist Julius Drake and actor Emily Berrington, who will intersperse the songs with reading from Woolf’s diaries and also from Schiller’s ‘Mary Stuart’, in a new translation made especially for the event.
Finally, on 23 July, Sarah will complete her residency with a solo recital with another of her regular partners, Malcolm Martineau.