Bedford Park Festival
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7-23 June 2019

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House Concert: Luci de Nordwall Cornish

Thursday 14 June 2018, 19:30

3 South Parade, London W4 1JA
19:30 for 20:00 Start


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Gus and I are greatly enjoying preparing a programme of voice and piano pieces for our House Concert on 14th June at 3 South Parade as part of the Bedford Park Festival.

Whittling down the huge repertoire of art-songs for the first half of our recital has been a challenge! Our final list covers songs in English, German and Italian from English, German, American, Russian, Italian and Austrian composers from Cavalli (1599 - 1676) to Montsalvadge (1898 - 2002), varying widely in terms mood and subject. Some are arias from early operas, some are lieder, some are lullabies ......

Art songs are like snapshots of life just at the moment they are written and performed - and sometimes they even contain coded messages which could not be more plainly spoken at the time.... Is “Die Forelle” really about a trout in a stream, for example??

And as we are both fond of ‘American Songbook’ standards we have devoted the second half of the evening to songs from Gershwin, Hart and Porter. Music Theater is fast becoming a mainstream genre and deserves to be musically and seriously cherished.

So there is something for everyone, we hope, and prosecco and canapés as well!

Luci de Nordwall Cornish
Luci studied Music at Dartington College of Arts  where she played flute and guitar, also running children’s music workshops at the Dartington Summer School under Peter Maxwell Davies.  She has always sung in vocal groups including the Brighton Festival Chorus and Westminster Choral Society. She has also performed as a solo singer-songwriter on the London acoustic circuit culminating in performing at Glastonbury.

Three years ago, wanting to explore the bel canto repertoire as a classically trained singer she began lessons with Susan Varley.  As well as investigating many different styles of the soprano repertoire she was fortuitously introduced to the American Songbook including Gershwin, Cole Porter et al.

Luci and her family have lived in South Parade for about 10 years and in the Bedford Park area before that.

Gus Tredwell
Gus is a Masters student in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music. His teachers are James Baillieu, Malcolm Martineau and Michael Dussek. Having graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class degree in Music, he worked at Wells Cathedral School as a staff accompanist before pursuing a freelance career in Bristol as a performer, teacher and arranger.

He has had some exciting opportunities during his first few terms at the Academy, having been invited to perform as part of the prestigious Song Circle concert series, and as part of the Manson Ensemble under the direction of Oliver Knussen.  Alongside his mostly classically-oriented musical activity Gus is also an arranger and orchestrator for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. He is therefore pleased on this occasion to be playing from the Great American Songbook; a musical era which was a regular fixture during his upbringing!

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