Singing a Song in a Foreign Land Concert Event: 7:30pm | 22 February 2014 | Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall -Royal College of Music - London
--How do emigre composers react to finding themselves in a strange land? Do they embrace the culture of their new home? Are they overcome with nostalgia for the land of their birth?
Stephen Johns and the acclaimed Royal College of Music Chamber Choir join forces with leading instrumentalists for a gala concert which includes various responses to exile.
This concert forms part of a two-year RCM project: Singing a Song in a Foreign Land, led by RCM performer-researcher Norbert Meyn.
R Kahn Trio in G minor op 45
Joseph Horovitz String Quartet no 5
K Weigl The Refugee
K Weigl The Watchman’s Report
Toch Valse for chorus and percussion
Eisler Little Woodbury Songbook
The project focuses on the emigration of composers from central Europe as a result of persecution by the Nazis in the 1930s.
Vocal music of one of ACA's founding members, Karl Weigl (1881-1949) will be performed, including the song The Refugee, from 1939, and The Watchman's Report, for baritone, mixed choir and piano, from 1941.
The culmination of much work and research is brought forth in this concert series and three-day symposium exploring these issues, and will enlighten and delight conference participants with exemplary performances of this rarely heard repertoire.