Leading stars of art song to feature at Warkworth Town Hall

James Baillieu and Julien Van Mellaerts

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Warkworth Music’s first concert of the year will feature baritone Julien Van Mellaerts accompanied by pianist James Baillieu at the Warkworth Town Hall on Sunday, April 7 at 4pm.

Warkworth Music spokesperson Lisa Outwin says the concert is a chance to hear two big names of the future.

New Zealander Julien Van Mellaerts is the only person to have ever won first prize in both the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Wigmore Hall Kohn Foundation International Song Competition.

He has been chosen to star in The Marriage of Figaro at Salzburg’s Mozart Week 2020. 

Julien has a special connection with the Warkworth area, as he grew up here and attended Matakana Primary School.

World renowned South African pianist James Baillieu is professor and head of piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

James and Julien are two of the leading young performers of art song and lieder.

Lisa says the supremely talented musicians will treat audiences to a beguiling selection of songs connected with travel, landscapes and drama.

Their performance will include Ornithological Anecdotes, a new commission from New Zealand composer Gareth Farr of short poems by Bill Manhire about some of New Zealand’s iconic birds – the takahē, dotterel, tūī and the huia.

Their wide-ranging programme will explore a selection of art songs, ranging from the swooning nostalgia of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square to Cole Porter’s laugh-out-loud The Tale of the Oyster.

The evening will also include whimsical arrangements of British folk songs by Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams, along with songs by Sibelius, Schubert and Ravel.

The concert is presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Tickets are $35 at the door, school students free.

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