Libby Burgess, Gareth John & Gemma Summerfield East Devon Music Festival

Libby Burgess

Libby Burgess, Gareth John & Gemma Summerfield East Devon Music Festival

Gareth John & Gemma Summerfield

Tuesday, 19 June it was time for operatic voice and again held in the Deer Park Hotel for an evening kindly sponsored by Dr Clive Potter. Pianist, Libby Burgess, brought Gareth John, baritone and Gemma Summerfield, soprano who gave us a well-balanced sing through ‘Seasons of Life’, which started with Childhood and Finzi’s The Birthnight, Rebecca Clarke’s Infant Joy and Richard Rodney Bennett’s Wee Willie Winkie. Youth and Spring was illustrated with Mendelssohn’s I wish that I could pour my love (sung in English), Quilter’s My life’s delight, Britten’s Sally in our Alley, Thiman’s I wandered lonely as a cloud and Lehrer’s Poisoning Pigeons! 

Bumps in the Road followed with Sibelius’ The maiden came from her lover’s tryst, Madeleine Dring’s Take o take those lips away and Quilter’s The Faithless Shepherdess. The Exquisite hour followed with Schumann’s I am your tree, Debussy’s It is the languorous ecstasy, Reynaldo Hahn’s Exquisite Hour and Schubert’s Mine! – all sung in English. Frank Bridge’s Love went a-riding took us into the interval. The Autumn of Life featured Ireland’s Sea Fever, Britten’s The deaf woman’s courtship, Schumann’s My Rose, Charles Wood’s At the mid hour of night and Madeleine Dring’s Song of a Nightclub Proprietress. The Long Day closes had songs from Mozart’s Evening Thoughts, Brahms’ O death and Schubert’s Nocturne. Time is healer followed featuring Noel Coward’s The Party’s over, Copeland’s Long Time Ago, Richard Strauss’ Tomorrow! and We’ll Meet Again from Ross Parker and Hughie Charles. This was a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable evening.