Haywards Heath: Lunchtime date with Coro Nuovo

Coro Nuovo soloists Marion Smith (soprano), Kathryn James (contralto) and Paul Houston (tenor) present a free 50-minutes lunchtime concert at St Wilfrid's Church, Haywards Heath at 1pm on Friday, May 20.

The programme charts the development of 19th and 20th-century transatlantic Romantic art songs from Schubert to Hageman. Andrew Storey, who accompanies the soloists on the piano, also plays his Romance (2003), which was inspired by Scriabin, Prokoviev and other Russian composers.

Spokesman Melvyn Walmsley said: “The influence of Schumann, Brahms and Wagner on Hugo Wolf is evident in Paul’s choices of his Song to Spring and The Sleeping Christ-child. Paul then offers Tchaikovsky’s It was in Early Spring and Rachmaninov’s In the Silent Night.

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“Kathryn begins with the celebrated Schubert lieder Gretchen at the Spinning-Wheel and You are Rest and Peace, before exploring well-known French Romantic repertoire from Duparc (Song of Sadness) and Fauré (After a Dream).

“Marion Smith gets the multilingual recital under way with the slightly less familiar Richard Hageman’s mid twentieth-century Miranda, Do not Go, my Love, and Praise. Andrew argues that this American composer’s many beautifully crafted art songs should be better known. Marion concludes the concert with Robert Schumann’s beautiful yet uncanny Mondnacht (Moonlit Night).

“There will be a retiring collection in support of St Wilfrid’s Fabric Fund for repairs to the fabric of the church. St Wilfrid’s is the venue for many of the town’s concerts and is one of its oldest buildings.”

Refreshments are served from 12.25pm; further details from Andrew Storey on 07900 602860.

Sussex-based Coro Nuovo – www.coronuovo.org.uk - has, since 2013, offered bursaries and support, including a performing platform, for emerging local talent through its Young Sussex Musician Competition. Its all-age Coro Nuovo Voices showcases solo voices in musical styles ranging from musicals to art songs and lieder in all languages.