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Crispin Lewis (baritone) with Raymond Lewis (piano)

Wed Oct 16th 2013, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ


A selection of songs from Schubert's: Winterreise:-

Schubert made his settings of the poems in 1827 based on the 1895 translation of Dr Theodore Baker, first published by Schirmer.

Winterreise is primarily about feelings and atmosphere through a story of young man, the hero (or anti-hero) of the poems, arrives in an idyllic village in May. There he befriends a family of mother, father and daughter and is invited to live with them. He falls in love with the daughter and his love is returned he mistakenly believes. But the daughter decides to marry a wealthy suitor with the approval of her parents. It is now winter and the hero leaves his adopted home in the dead of night, writing a farewell message to his beloved. As he leaves the town crows shower him with snow from the roofs and he begins a painful journey, constantly tortured by memories of his past happiness. As he leaves the town he is joined by a raven, assumed symbolic of a death wish. Eventually he arrives at another town where he stays for a time as he writes of the post arriving there. The cycle ends with a particularly bleak image. An organ-grinder or hurdy-gurdy man has a pitch near the village where he plies his trade ignored by the villagers and harassed by dogs. It is ironic that in this final poem the poet asks if the hurdy-gurdy man will set the poet’s songs to music, an invitation that was ultimately accepted by Schubert.

Artist info:-

Crispin Lewis

Crispin Lewis (baritone) studies singing with Christopher Field. He is regularly engaged as a soloist by various choral societies, and gives numerous solo singing recitals every year. Crispin is currently participating in the opera course at Associated Studios. As a chorister he has been a member of the professional quintet at the Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch for the last ten years, and was previously a choral scholar for two years at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

He studied at the Royal College of Music (post-graduate) and at Trinity College (undergraduate), with violin as his principal study alongside piano and singing, and went on to study conducting under various tutors including George Hurst, Denise Ham and Rodolfo Saglimbeni . He is the director of The Musicall Compass, Welwyn Garden City Chorus, Thurrock Choral Society, and Luton Choral Society.  Crispin has conducted orchestral, operatic, and choral repertoire at London venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio; the South Bank Centre, Purcell Room; St John’s Smith Square; St James’s Picadilly; St Martin-in-the-fields and St Giles’ Cripplegate, as well as live on BBC Radio 3. He has been engaged as a guest conductor by symphony orchestras, baroque orchestras and choirs.

Raymond Lewis (piano) has followed a triple career as a pianist, conductor and organist. Until the last few years during which he has renewed his interest in conducting and early music, most of his time was spent as a pianist, both as soloist and particularly in chamber music in various trios, duos and ensembles. He has made several appearances at the Purcell Room and on the BBC. A former recipient of the 'Ricordi' conducting prize, he is an experienced orchestral and choral conductor. He was, for several years, Director of Music of St Stephen's Rochester Row in Westminster, and has been organist at various London churches. He has played at most of the major cathedrals in the UK, and has recently given recitals at Southwark Cathedral, The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, and Chichester Cathedral. As a pianist, duo partners have included the violinist, Ralph Holmes, Alexander Boyarsky (former principal cellist of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra), and the Pablo Casals' protege, Rohan da Saram. He made his London debuts variously as solo pianist, accompanist, in chamber music, as continuo player, and as a conductor on the South Bank.

Venue: St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church

St. Sepulchre, The Musicans Church

Photographs of St Sepulchre at the Flickr website


St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Holborn), is an Anglican church in the City of London. It is located on Holborn Viaduct, almost opposite the Old Bailey. In medieval times it stood just outside ("without") the now-demolished old city wall, near the Newgate. It has been a living of St John's College, Oxford, since 1622.

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