'Songs With and Without Words'
Thursday 11th April 8.00 pm
St James' Church
Richard Strauss Four Last Songs
Purcell Evening Hymn
Mendelssohn Songs without Words
Ravel Etude Vocalise
Villa-Lobos Cantilena (Bachianas Brasileiras)
Nia Coleman (Soprano)
Iain Ledingham (Piano)
A programme combining great songs by Purcell, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Quilter and the remarkable contemporary American composer Jake Heggie, with three extraordinary wordless pieces by Rachmaninov, Ravel and Villa–Lobos and some of Mendelssohn’s delightful Songs without Words for solo piano. The concert will end with Richard Strauss’ late masterpiece, Four Last Songs – four wonderful settings of poetry by Hermann Hesse and Eichendorff, greatly loved for their lyrical, autumnal beauty.
Nia Coleman is a singer and actress of rare imagination and sensitivity. She joined the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017 where she is studying with Scott Johnson and generously supported by the RCS postgraduate scholarship award. Previously, she completed a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. An experienced operatic and concert singer, she recently gave a most memorable and beautiful performance of Finzi’s Dies Natalis with the Amersham Festival Chamber Orchestra. In the summer of 2018, she played Juliet in Feelgood Theatre’s fine production of Romeo and Juliet at Heaton Park in Manchester to considerable critical acclaim.
Tickets: £15 (adults) Students Free
“Nia Coleman’s slender but steely Juliet steals the show with a performance that ranges from a comedy double act with her nurse to raging heartbreak”
MANCHESTER THEATRE AWARDS
“Caroline Clegg’s production makes you experience the Bard’s oft-performed tale of doomed love with fresh eyes. This is down to Nia Coleman’s performance as Juliet, who portrays the transformation of the play’s pivotal character from loved up teen to a woman pushed to the edge brilliantly.”