Temple Song 2018

Middle Temple Hall, the setting for a first-rate concert series, is one of those London spaces that would make a tourist swoon. With its suits of armour and coats-of-arms it seems the perfect setting for stirring songs of martial derring-do. “

Ivan Hewitt, The Daily Telegraph 2015

Sophie Bevan, soprano

Christoph Prégardien, tenor and Julia Kleiter, soprano

Angelika Kirchschlager, soprano

Gerald Finley, baritone

Julius Drake, piano

Over the last few years, since the inauguration of Temple Song in 2006, I have performed in the glorious Middle Temple Hall with an array of the best singers in the world, most of them discovering the hall for the first time.

Olaf Bär, Thomas Allen, Felicity Lott, Christoph Pregardien, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Sergei Leiferkus, Gerald Finley, Willard White, Robert Holl, Danielle De Niese, Ann Sofie Von Otter – they all say it is one of the very best acoustics for song they know, a wonderful place to sing.

Monday 22 January 2018
Sophie Bevan soprano
Julius Drake piano

The Schumann’s at Home 

The superb soprano Sophie Bevan makes her Middle Temple Hall debut with a programme that imagines a party at their apartment in Leipzig in 1842.

Clara and Robert Schumann’s musical circle was particularly wide and included some of the most celebrated composers, writers and performers living and working in Europe. Sophie Bevan and Julius Drake have drawn their programme from a collection of the most illustrious of their friends and visitors, including Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Fredrik Chopin, Heinrich Heine, Hans Christian Anderson, Franz Liszt and Hector Berlioz.

 

Wednesday 21 March 2018
Christoph Prégardien tenor
Julia Kleiter soprano
Julius Drake piano

Songs and Duets

On March 21st the celebrated German tenor, Christoph Prégardien returns to Middle Temple with the star soprano Julia Kleiter.

This is something of a family affair – Kleiter is actually Prégardien’s niece – and their programme of songs and duets combines Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn setting poems by their favourite poets, Goethe and Heine.

 

Tuesday 24 July 2018
Angelika Kirchschlager soprano
Julius Drake piano

Winterreise

The great Austrian mezzo, Angelika Kirchschlager joins Julius Drake in the spiritual setting of Middle Temple Church for a performance of Schubert’s sublime cycle, Winterreise.

Kirchschlager is celebrated as one of her generation’s foremost interpreters of the operas of Strauss and Mozart but equally acclaimed as a recitalist. Franz Schubert is core to her repertoire yet she is performing his great cycle, Winterreise for the first time in 2018. It promises to be a memorable concert.

 

Tuesday 24 July 2018
Angelika Kirchschlager 
soprano
Julius Drake piano

Swansongs

For the final concert in the 2018 series Julius Drake is joined by one of the great baritones of our day, the Canadian Gerald Finley.

Hugely admired for his interpretations of Don Giovanni, Hans Sachs, Guillaume Tell, Falstaff and Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic, Finley is also a consummate recitalist. His song recordings with Julius Drake for Hyperion have won Gramophone Awards on three separate occasions and concerts include regular recital tours of North America and Europe.

For his return to Middle Temple Hall Gerald Finley has titled his programme ‘Swansongs’. The final songs of Brahms, his glorious  ‘Vier Ernste Gesänge’ are performed alongside Schubert’s posthumous cycle, ‘Schwanengesang’.

 

Do join us for one or all of these recitals – you will be given a warm welcome!

 Julius Drake

Artistic Director Temple Song 2018

 

 

Supporters

We are indebted to the Temple Song Founders, a group of enlightened and generous supporters, without whose sense of adventure, advice and encouragement, the series could not have come to fruition.

Sir Richard Aikens
Michael Brindle QC
Timothy Dutton QC
Graham Eklund QC
Julian Flaux QC
James Flynn QC
Jonathan Gaisman QC
Michael Howard QC
Penny Jonas
Michel Kallipetis QC
David Long
The Hon. Michael McLaren QC
Alexander Milner
Jeffery Onions QC
David Owen QC
Mark Pearson
Lionel Persey QC
Nigel Pleming QC
David Robinson
Sir Jeremy Stuart Smith
Rex Tedd QC