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Rosenblatt Recitals

Dear subscriber,

On Wednesday 8 April we welcome back the most recent recipient of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World's Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize, English tenor Ben Johnson, for his second Rosenblatt Recital, accompanied by pianist James Baillieu.

Javier Camarena


Ben Johnson Tenor

James Baillieu Pianist

» Wednesday 8 April, 7.30pm
» Wigmore Hall
» TICKETS £15, £20, £25, £30

"Ben Johnson's voice seems to have developed an even finer expressive sheen to it than before, this was one of the most beautifully crafted accounts of the role of Alfredo that I have heard. [...] Johnson's achievement as young artist is superb and I look forward to hearing more of him in this repertoire"
Verdi La Traviata at the London Coliseum (English National Opera), February 2015. Review by Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill.

Ben Johnson shared the stage for his first Rosenblatt Recital, at St John’s Smith Square back in 2011, with Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura, also a former Song Prize finalist in the biennial Cardiff competition (click here for archive recital footage). Pianist James Baillieu will join him for his second Rosenblatt Recital at Wigmore Hall in April. You can watch Ben Johnson and James Baillieu’s performance in the Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize final below:

Ben Johnson Cardiff Singer Video
Ben Johnson in the Song Prize final of the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

Johnson, who played Alfredo in the recent English National Opera production of La Traviata that was broadcast live to cinemas across the UK, will present a varied programme of 19th and 20th century songs. There will be a wide array of composers on show, the majority having an English or British link, but also two female composers: the English Liza Lehmann (1862-1918), and Amy Woodforde-Finden (1860-1919), born in Chile to American parents.

Despite the English connections running through his programme, Johnson will begin, and end, the first half in Italian with all five movements of Francesco Paolo Tosti’s (1846-1916) Malinconia and three pieces by Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Nevicata, Pioggia and Nebbie. The second half will begin with The Lost Chord by Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900). Sullivan composed The Lost Chord, with the lyrics coming from Adelaide Anne Proctor’s poem A Lost Chord, at the bedside of his dying brother, the actor Fred Sullivan, in London in 1877. Johnson's programme concludes with two English songs by Eric Coates (1886-1957): Tell me where is fancy bred and Rise up and reach the stars.

To find out more about Ben Johnson before his recital, watch this video of him in conversation with BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny:

Ben Johnson in conversation

Book now: Call the Wigmore Hall Box Office on 020 7935 2141 or book online at www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

We do hope you can join us.

With best wishes from everyone at Rosenblatt Recitals.

Branscombe Festival 2015

Branscombe Festival returns for its third year from Friday 24-Sunday 26 July 2015. Over three days the idyllic seaside village will host performances from leading classical and jazz musicians. Stars of the international opera stage are set to perform, including Californian soprano Angel Blue, the world's most sought-after British dramatic soprano Susan Bullock as well as Italian tenor Francesco Meli. Dance band, The Leo Green Experience, will also perform, along with the Sacconi Quartet and one of the world's most compelling and innovative percussion quartets, 4-Mality. Branscombe Festival culminates with a free concert on Branscombe beach by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.


Ian Rosenblatt, founder of both the Rosenblatt Recitals and Branscombe Festival, says: “I am delighted to announce the programme for Branscombe Festival, now in its third year. We have a stunning array of musicians and singers involved, from singers Susan Bullock and Francesco Meli to the return of The Leo Green Experience, and I can’t wait to welcome them all to the beautiful village of Branscombe. We hope that people from near and far will enjoy everything that the Festival and the surrounding area has to offer.”

Royal Marines Marching Band at the 2014 Branscombe Festival.
Royal Marines Marching Band at the 2014 Branscombe Festival


£19.50 per concert / £10 for concerts with restricted view (church concerts only)
£88 for all 5 concerts / £70 for all concerts with restricted view in the church
50p from each ticket sold will be donated to St Winifred’s Church

Full details at BranscombeFestival.co.uk

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