Music to Our Ears – Swansong at the Library

This is a review of a recent musical event that took place at Acocks Green Library on 21st July – Swansong.  Thanks to David Treadwell for his review.  If you would like to attend the next musical evening (22nd September) contact the library directly.

Swansong Review

An enjoyable occasion  in the company of approximately 50 others as part of an Evening of International Classical Songs and Piano solos, with Stella Seaton-Sims (mezzo-soprano) and Phillip Ypres-Smith (piano)

The programme was a selection of romantic songs and music from around Europe and Russia, admirably performed by both artists.

We were also honoured to be present for the World Premiere of two of the pieces, one from a local composer Richard Green with his piano composition titled ‘Five Bells’ and the programme concluding with a piano composition from our guest pianist Phillip Ypres-Smith, titled ‘Five Preludes’

Stella Seaton-Sims has a broad repertoire of sacred and secular music but her keen interest is in Russian music, which has taken her several times to Moscow, where she researched and studied with Prof Galina Pisarenko of the Moscow Conservatoire, one of the trips having been sponsored by West Midland Arts.

Phillip Ypres-Smith studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and subsequently joined the staff as a répétiteur and vocal coach before working as a freelance musician.

We had another local connection in that Mr Harry Seabourne who was present, assisted with some of the Russian Translation.

The Next Swansong Concert to look forward to is on Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm, when we have a visit from The Queens Park Sinfonia, who will be performing music by Mendelssohn and Strauss.

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