The London English Song Festival aims to raise the profile of English song not only in London but across the UK and further afield. A concert of Housman songs first heard in the 2011 Festival appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2012 and it is hoped that more of these collaborative enterprises can happen in the future.
The 2013 LESF will build on the work of the first two seasons, featuring a new venue - the Wren Chapel of the Royal Hospital Chelsea – and featuring educational work for the first time. As in 2012, the two Sunday afternoons will feature “bring a song” sessions for amateur singers and the second Thursday evening concert will be preceded by a pre-concert talk. The educational aspect of the festival is hugely important: it is only by looking outside that we will succeed in preserving the quality and appeal of classical music for future generations.
This all costs money and the LESF is hugely grateful for everyone who contributes, not only to the hugely important financial sponsors but the artists who have performed for minimal fees.
All sponsors are important, however large or small the amount. A list of donors who have contributed so far appears below: the benefits of giving are substantial and include free tickets, opportunities to see how the festival works from the inside and chances to meet the artists. Please do get in touch if you are able to support to any extent.
- The Association of English Singers and Speakers
- The Lennox Berkeley Society
- The Peter Warlock Society
- An anonymous benefactor
The Association of English Singers and Speakers is delighted to support the London English Song Festival for the third year running.
The Association encourages ‘the communication of English words, in singing and speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination.’
Please join us. Membership details are on the website.