Saturday 28th September 11.30am
THE RIDGEWAY ENSEMBLE
Judith Sheridan (soprano)Margaret Richards (cello)
Daniel King Smith (piano)William Winfield (reader)
VICTORIA & ALBERT - A MUSICAL ROMANCE
MENDELSSOHN:Song Without Words, Op 109
Ich wollt' meine Lieb
Maiglockchen und die Blümlein
ALBERT:Ein ständchen/Der Bettler
Letzten Worte eines Barden
MOZART:The Magic Flute (selection)
SCHUMANN:Er ist gekommen
ELGAR:Chanson de Matin, Op 15
SULLIVAN:The Sun whose rays
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's mutual passion for music was at the heart of their relationship from the very beginning. An accomplished composer, Albert shared his creative process in letters to the young Queen, and, as their married life progressed, it was punctuated by concerts, private performances and audiences with the musical elite of Europe. The Ridgeway Ensemble returns to the City Church to bring to life the musical world of the royal couple, through readings from their letters and diaries, contemporary accounts and performances of composers such as Mendelssohn, Elgar and Sullivan. At the heart of the programme are songs by Prince Albert himself for voice, cello and piano, which have remained unpublished and unperformed until now. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of works by three women composers - Fanny Mendelssohn, Pauline Viardot and Clara Schumann (whose bicentenary falls this year).
Join us for this celebration of the musical tastes and achievements of a royal couple, opening a window into the musical life of Victorian England.