19:30 27 June 2018 £25
James Gilchrist - Songs of Travel
James Gilchrist - Tenor
Anna Tilbrook - Piano
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Songs of Travel (Robert Louis Stephenson).
Jonathan Dove - Under Alter'd Skies (New Commission from the Wigmore Hall setting words of Tennyson from In Memoriam).
Robert Schumann - Dichterleibe (Henrich Heine)
James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest was fired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later as choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge.
James' extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major cancert halls throughout the world with conductors such as Sir John Eliot-Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Lebadie, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket and the late Richard Hickox. Recent highlights have included Britten's Church Parables with performances in St Petersburgh, London and the Aldeburgh Festival, Handel's Allegro il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Teatro Real, Madrid, Solomon with Les Violons du Roy, Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri and Die Schöpfung at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Britten's Nocturne with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and War Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. In J.S.Bach's Passions of St John and St Matthew, James works consistently at the highest level and is recognised as the finest Evangelist of his generation; as one BBC Prom promoter noted ' he hasn't become a one-man Evangelist industry by chance'.
A prolific and versatile recitalist, James enjoys imaginative and varied programming in collaborations with pianists Anna Tilbrook and Julius Drake, and the harpist Alsion Nichols. Recent appearances include a Schubertiade weekend at St. John's Smith Square and Schwangesang coupled with Beethoven Am die Ferne Geliebte at the Wigmore Hall. James recently returned to the Wigmore Hall to begin his project with Anna Tilbrock, Schumann and the English Romantics, pairing Schumann Song Cycles with new commissions from leading composers Sally Beamish, Julian Philips and Jonathan Dove, setting English Poetry of the Romantic period.