Thursday 25 APRIL 2019 at 1pm
Woodville Auditorium

Lunchtime Classical: Patricia & Matthew Redman

This concert will feature songs of peace dating from 1919 and into the halcyon days of the 1920s including “Art” songs by composers of the time to the more popular songs that had widespread sheet music sales and were heard in homes, tea-rooms and theatres. In between, Patricia and Matt will take the audience on a journey from those popular songs into the glamorous, sophisticated despair of the years after the conflict, as well as some of its giddy, mad energy. To bring this unique, pre-microphone era to life, Patricia will use the acoustics of Woodville Hall as a singer would have done a hundred years ago, and Matt will play a vivid selection of instruments including the piano, a 1911 guitar and an 1890s banjo.

Patricia Hammond and Matt Redman are recognised leaders in the field of Victorian and Edwardian authentic performance practice, but even more importantly, they put on a tremendously enjoyable show. Patricia’s mellifluous and sweet voice, strong enough to be heard without anachronistic microphones but also redolent of a more delicate and nuanced time, is supported and enhanced by Matt’s array of antique instruments.

Proficient on the banjo, guitar, piano, double-bass, lute, mandolin, bouzouki and accordion, Yorkshire-born Matt Redman is increasingly known for his arranging as well as his performances on the radio and TV and in palaces, regattas, concert halls and theatres. His latest composition was a setting of Dickens for bass-baritone and piano and premiered at the Jette Young Artists Recital Series in January 2017.

Patricia Hammond is originally from Western Canada but has lived in Britain since the turn of the century. Her debut CD of Belle Epoque French Salon Songs was American Record Guide Editor’s Choice in 2007 and her collaboration with Matt Redman started soon after with “One Day When We Were Young”, on Sony Records. “Our Lovely Day” came the next year, a CD that has been played on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. Their most recent project has been the Songs of the Great War, and Matt and Patricia have performed for the German War Graves Commission at Centenary events at Verdun and the Somme, as well as for many museums. The CD “Songs of the Great War” was funded by Ian Rosenblatt, of Rosenblatt Recitals.

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