Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert - Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert Northern Ireland Opera Festival Of Voice 2017

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Chamber music performances from the NI Opera Festival of Voice 2017 at Glenarm, Co. Antrim

John Toal presents a series of recitals from Northern Ireland Opera's Festival of Voice 2017, recorded at St Patrick's Church of Ireland in Glenarm, Co Antrim. Irish baritone Gavan Ring is joined by pianist Simon Lepper in a performance of Vaughan Williams' "Songs of Travel", based on the words of Robert Louis Stevenson. Pianist Joseph Middleton performs alongside tenor Toby Spence with Benjamin Britten's "On This Island", music set to the words of the poet, and one of the composer's collaborators, WH Auden. And rounding off today's recital, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston performs Vaughan Williams' "Four Last Songs", accompanied by pianist Joseph Middleton. This was some of the last music Vaughan Williams wrote, with texts by his wife Ursula, and was first performed in 1959.

Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
Gavan Ring (baritone), Simon Lepper (piano)

Benjamin Britten: On This Island Op. 11
Toby Spence (tenor), Joseph Middleton (piano)

Vaughan-Williams: Four Last Songs
Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Joseph Middleton (piano).