Guildhall School Announces Spring 2023 Program

By David Salazar

UK-based Guildhall School has announced its 2023 spring season.

For the purposes of this article, our focus will be solely on vocal performances.

The institution will kick things off with the English Song Prize.

Performance Date: Jan. 25, 2023

Next up is a performance of Vocal Scenes featuring Postgraduate Vocal students under the musical direction of Florent Mourier, Michelle Santiago, and Linnhe Robertson. Will Kerley directs.

Performance Date: Feb. 2, 2023

Dr. Bretton Brown and Pamela Lidiard will present Copland’s “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson” and Wolf’s “Mörike-Lieder.” The recital will also feature music by Raymond Yiu and Juliana Hall.

Performance Date: Feb. 23, 2023

Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” will get a run of performances at the Silk Street Theatre. Martin Lloyd-Evans will direct while Dominic Wheeler conducts. Anna Reid will design the set with Anthony Doran as lighting designer.

Performance Dates: Feb. 27 – March 6, 2023

Iain Burnside will lead a concert focusing on the music of Russian composers entitled “Songs at Six: Beyond Rachmaninoff.”

“Our obsession with big name composers means we tend to jump in perception from pre-Revolutionary Rachmaninov to Stalinist-era Shostakovich and Prokofiev,” Burnside said per the company’s official website. “Of course, there was a whole hinterland of musicians waiting to be discovered. This project looks at composers who bailed out after the Revolution and those that stayed behind. Amazing poetry, eccentric characters and several extraordinary composers you’ve never heard of.”

Performance Dates: Feb. 28, 2023

Graham Johnson will lead a Song Guild recital that includes the Paul Hamburger Prize for Voice and Piano Duo.

Performance Dates: March 8, 2023

Next up is the historical performance scenes with production direction by Jo Meredith and musical direction by Liz Marcus and Christopher Suckling.

Performance Dates: March 9, 2023

Alumna Harrier Burns will deliver a concert featuring music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

Performance Dates: March 14, 2023

Vocal professor Marc Verter will explore music in a variety of languages including English, French, German, Yiddish and Russian. The concert will spotlight composers who lost their homeland and had to immigrate to another country.

Performance Dates: March 16, 2023

Eugene Asti leads a concert featuring music by Mahler, Schubert, and Schumann based on the poetry of Friedrich Rückert.

Performance Dates: March 21, 2023

The season ends with a series of opera scene performances.

Performance Dates: March 23-28, 2023