#JUDITH2019 launch event: Thursday 25th October.

At Elizabeth & Bob Boas’s residence on 22 Mansfield Street (London W1G 9NR), we’ll be launching the London English Song Festival’s exciting project for 2019 to revive and record Parry’s stunning oratorio Judith. It is a work that in spite of its persistent quality, vigorous choral writing and dramatic solo roles has been virtually forgotten, and hasn’t had a London performance for over a century. We will be reviving it at Royal Festival Hall on 3rd April 2019 with a brilliant lineup of musicians including Eleanor Dennis, Toby Spence, Henry Waddington, Crouch End Festival Chorus and the London Mozart Players and will record it later that month.

The evening will feature performances from BBC New Generation Artist Kathryn Rudge, who will be singing the mezzo-soprano role in the performance at RFH and Julia Desbruslais, cellist and Executive Director of the London Mozart Players, with me at the piano. The programme will include some favourite English songs alongside excerpts from Judith, including the famous aria Long Since in Egypt’s Pleasant Land, which became the famous hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind.

We are thrilled that Professor Jeremy Dibble, the world’s foremost expert on English Oratorio and Parry in particular, will give a short talk as part of the evening, which will be preceded and followed by drinks and canapés. Drinks at 7pm will be followed by a performance and talk of around 60-70 minutes at 7.30pm. For more information about Judith, and to support us, visit our Judith and Support pages.

Booking: please get in touch via the contact page to book your ticket at the following prices:

Recital and pre-concert drink £20
Recital, pre and post-concert drinks and canapés £30
There is a £10 discount on all of the above for students and children