Join us on Sunday 26th November for a sneak preview of Sian, Krystal and Saki’s debut disc, plus excerpts from the brilliant and bonkers Façade on the 100th anniversary of its first performance.
Doors open 3pm, concert begins at 3.30pm
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Siân Dicker and Krystal Tunnicliffe have shared a musical duo partnership and a passion for English song for close to decade now, and are praised for their genuine connection with audiences and imaginative programming. Earlier this year, the duo decided to embark upon a project to record the complete songbook of the British composer William Walton (to be released soon on Delphian Records).
This complete recording of Sir William Walton’s songs for solo voice will mark forty years since Walton’s death and one hundred years since the debut performance of the Edith Sitwell Façade settings, and include the first recording of his Four Early Songs in their entirety. Siân and Krystal will be joined by guitarist Saki Kato to record a fresh take on Walton’s unique contribution to the British song canon.
For this performance they will be joined by co-narrator John Sloboda and members of the Elastic Band, conducted by Ruth Whitehead.
Australian pianist Krystal Tunnicliffe is a collaborative pianist and music educator. She works in both the Senior and Junior departments of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is a Samling Artist, Britten-Pears Young Artist, Ryedale Festival Young Artist, and an Oxford Lieder Young Artist.
Soprano Siân Dicker won the Singers Prize in the 2020 Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition as well as the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Siân is a City Music Foundation Artist, a 2021/22 Britten Pears Young Artist and was listed in BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Rising Stars’ feature in February 2023. She was delighted to be awarded the Simon Sandbach Award by Garsington Opera for her contribution to their 2023 season.
Guitarist Saki Kato is a Japanese classical guitarist who specialises in the areas of new music performance and community music-making. In 2019 she gave her debut recital at the Wigmore Hall for the Julian Bream Trust, which included the world premiere of Edward Cowie’s Stream and Variations. As a Julian Bream Trust scholar, Saki studied privately with Julian Bream from 2017–20.
John Sloboda is a singer, pianist, conductor, and researcher. He is a founder member and Assistant Conductor of Chorus of Dissent, which provided his first opportunity perform some of the songs from Facade, and he is delighted to be able to revisit them.
Ruth Whitehead has led both the Chorus of Dissent and the Elastic Band through eleven years of amazing concerts at St Matthias and beyond. Each performance has been carefully curated, led and conducted by Ruth – often to sell out audiences.