A stunning recital of French and English song

This Wednesday’s lunchtime concert in All Saints’ church was a stunning recital of French melodie and English song performed by Beth Whitlock.

Beth sang À Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn. This glorious love song was performed with understanding and much beauty of tone. Beth perfectly captured the mood of longing and joy.

Fleur desséchée was performed in an similarly eloquent style and Beth’s impeccable French secured the authentic performance and communication.

Debussy’s Beau Soir is a beautifully tranquil piece and endearingly Beth’s favourite on the programme. The song moves through the singer’s lower register and the slightly haunting melody was communicated in Beth’s tone and shape of phrase.

A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table by William Walton provided a complete contrast to the French songs. The first song was fiendishly challenging but Beth it performed with flair and great energy. The second song, Glide Gently, moves across different keys as it mirrors the movement of water. This was an enchanting performance from Beth.

The final song of the cycle Rhyme depicts life in London. The piano (accompaniment by Director of Music, Peter Davis) plays a motif of rippling peals of bell and Beth’s bell like sonority was a joy to hear as she sang of St Clements et al.

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