Sunday Service: Concerts
with Nicky Spence and Chris Glynn
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Join us every Sunday for a concert showcasing the most exciting and inventive artists in classical music. Whether you’re new to the genre or a seasoned sonata fan, our programme of work has something for everyone, from Baroque and Romantic to experimental new work and improvisation.
Our prices may increase as the house fills – book early for the best price!
Celebrated, scottish-born tenor Nicky Spence is accompained by pianist, Chris Glynn.
Die Schöne Müllerin was conceived with the tenor voice in mind and the lovesick ardour of Schubert’s smitten apprentice is portrayed here with youthful freshness in what is often described as Schubert’s finest work in song. We’re taken on a journey of intrigue and lust which soon turns to jealous fury and ultimately leads to the young miller’s watery end. Mirroring so many of Schubert’s own life frustrations, he found striking resonance with Müller’s text which appears here in translation by Jeremy Sams. This newly commissioned setting promises a new entranceway into Schubert’s work for aficionados and lieder newbies alike.
Scottish-born Nicky Spence trained at the GSMD and the National Opera Studio.
Highlights this season include returns to ENO as Heurtebise Orphee, to the ROH as White King/Mad Hatter in Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground as well as role debuts as Prince Rusalka for Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park.
Performing at the world’s leading recital venues, he enjoys collaborations with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson, Sholto Kynoch, Iain Burnside, Simon Lepper and Joseph Middleton. Nicky has recorded over 20 solo recital discs. Noted as an exponent of Janáček’s music, he recently released Janacek’s The Diary of One who Disappeared to great critical acclaim.
Chris is an award-winning pianist and accompanist, praised for his breathtaking sensitivity (Gramophone), irrepressible energy, wit and finesse (The Guardian), a perfect fusion of voice and piano (BBC Music Magazine) and as an inspired programmer (The Times). He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around sixty events each year in beautiful and historic venues across North Yorkshire.
Chris read music at New College, Oxford and studied piano with John Streets in France and Malcolm Martineau at the Royal Academy of Music, where he now teaches. He has made many CD recordings and is regularly heard on BBC Radio 3.