Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Temple Singers in rehearsal at Temple Church
John Donne's signature on one of his books in Middle Temple Library

Marcus Farnsworth baritone

Libby Burgess piano

In celebration of the historic gardens of the Temple and as a tribute to their gardeners, we present the London premiere of Everything Grows Extravagantly, a "beautiful, profound and subtle song cycle" (★★★★★ The Times) by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and the poet Kate Wakeling. In a programme teeming with plant life, this lunchtime recital from acclaimed duo, Libby Burgess & Marcus Farnsworth, transports us to greener pastures:


Gerald Finzi Childhood among the ferns
Clara Schumann Die stille Lotosblume 
Franz Liszt Du bist wie eine Blume 
Albert Roussel Le jardin mouillé 
Paolo Tosti Malìa 
Roger Quilter Now sleeps the crimson petal
Cheryl Frances-Hoad everything grows extravagantly

50 minutes (no interval)


Temple Tip: Take a stroll around the stunning gardens of Inner Temple before this concert. Inner Temple has had a gardener since 1307. Surviving The Great Fire of London, and the Blitz, the gardens remain a secret oasis in heart of the city.

Venue: Temple Church
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"Rarely have I heard a new vocal excursion into nature’s realm that satisfies on so many levels — musical, verbal, emotional and philosophical"

The Times


Booking Information
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