The students of the celebrated Russian Vocal Repertoire Class at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the direction of Lada Valesova, perform songs by Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov.
Vocal coach and luminary pianist Lada Valesova has been Director of the Russian Vocal Repertoire Class at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 10 years. Tonight’s programme features songs and arias from some of the colossal figures of Russian Romanticism: Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov, as well as Prokofiev’s song cycle Five Poems by Anna Akhmatova and Shostakovich’s song cycle for soprano, mezzo and tenor From Jewish Poetry .
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is recognised as one of the leading institutions in Europe for the instruction of music performance, and it would be a customary and unextraordinary supposition to say that tonight’s recitalists are those who in time will flourish into the performers of the future. All currently postgraduate students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Russian Vocal Repertoire Class, this concert exhibits the fruits of the past two terms’ work, most of the students having started to study singing in the Russian language only this academic year. Tonight’s performers include Jenavieve Moore, Matthew McGuigan, Caroline Swarbrick, Phoebe Haines, Bethan Langford, Katarzyna Zielinska, Megan Quick, and others.