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Jennifer Johnston, Gavan Ring

Performances from mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston and baritone Gavan Ring from the Northern Ireland 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. In today's recital, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston and pianist Joseph Middleton perform a selection of songs by Benjamin Britten, including Scottish folk songs with words by Robbie Burns and "Down by the Salley Gardens", set to words by the Irish poet WB Yeats. Baritone Gavan Ring is joined by pianist Simon Lepper to perform three songs by the Irish composer John Larchet, who died 50 years ago this year. Then Jennifer Johnston returns with Elgar's "Sea Pictures", originally written by the composer for orchestra and later arranged for piano, it's a song-cycle of poems by five different poets inspired by the sea. And completing the programme, an encore by Jennifer - Britten's "I Wonder as I Wander".

Britten: 5 songs
At the Mid Hour of Night
Ca' the Yowes
O Can Ye Sew Cushions
Down by the Salley Gardens
The Last Rose of Summer
Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Joseph Middleton (piano)

John Larchet: 3 songs
Padraic the Fiddler
The Cormorant
The Philosophy of Love
Gavan Ring (baritone), Simon Lepper (piano)

Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op. 37
Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Joseph Middleton (piano)

Britten: I Wonder as I Wander
Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Joseph Middleton (piano).

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