Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens

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Come into the Parlour

St Pancras's Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon
Sun, 14th October 2012 - Sun, 14th October 2012

An evening of Victorian songs could not be a more appropriate way of celebrating Charles Dickens’s birthday. The era was famous for its musical gatherings around the fire, or in the newly emerging theatre where the rich mingled with the poor or in the salons of the wealthy. It was the ‘done thing’ to congregate at the piano and sing the many songs of the period. This programme has been meticulously researched by Anna Tilbrook and contains several songs that are mentioned in Dickens’ Pickwick Papers and Our mutual Friend.

Baritone Donald Maxwell who has graced the boards at every opera house the world over, makes a welcome return to the Festival. There isn’t an operatic role for baritone that he hasn’t sung and this year’s schedule of singing at Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House and with Welsh National Opera is gruelling to say the least.

Rising star and winner of the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition Song Prize, Marcus Farnsworth has an increasingly busy schedule, with appearances at the Wigmore Hall, with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and with the Gabrieli Consort.

These two wonderful singers are joined by Anna Tilbrook, one of the most exciting chamber music pianists who is back by popular demand to perform in the Festival.

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