són debut in the breathtaking beauty of Romsey Abbey
Part of the Reimagined : Recomposed Series
Featuring Lucy Knight – Soprano
Mozart – Don Giovanni Overture
Mozart – 2 Arias from Don Giovanni: “Batti, batti” & “Vedrai, carino”
Mozart – Exsultate Jubilate
Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Beethoven – Symphony No 7 in A
Reserved £22 (Students & under-18’s £17) – Unreserved £12
Tickets also available from:
Romsey Tourist Information Centre
13 Church St, Romsey SO51 8BT
tel: 01794 512987
and on the door
són are delighted to announce celebrated british soprano Lucy Knight as soloist in these delicious and divine pieces by Mozart. The opening darkness of his Don Giovanni overture thaws into ravishing beauty in these two arias, whilst the latin of Exsultate Jubilate is entirely fitting under the sacred arches of the Abbey.
With No 7, the orchestra continue their series of Beethoven symphonies, a series they launched in April 2016 with “Eroica Unwrapped” presented by Classic FM legend John Suchet. són are working towards an inspiring culmination in 2020 as they join with orchestras and musicians around the world in celebrating the great composer’s 250th birthday. More details of this series, including performances and related multimedia events, will be announced later in 2017.
About the Reimagined : Recomposed Series
This concert forms the second instalment of the són mini-series exploring the methods and skills composers use to interpret and “recompose” the music of their elders, stretching from Vivaldi to Max Richter throughout the 2016 – 17 season. Vaughan Williams‘ famous Fantasia takes the music of Thomas Tallis and freely reimagines it, ideally suited to the spacious sound and architectural majesty of Romsey Abbey. One of the most famous pieces of English music, not to mention one of the most popular, it offers the són string section a chance to play with the space of the Abbey and create incredible antiphonal effects.
Another Vaughan Williams gem, Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, features in the next Reimagined : Recomposed concert in April 2017
About Lucy Knight – Soprano
Praised in Opera Magazine for her “exquisite singing and acting”, young British soprano Lucy Knight is winner of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists and the International Opera Awards Foundation. With a “bell-like voice”, well-suited to Baroque and contemporary music, Lucy has recently sung the roles of Ninfa Monteverdi L’Orfeo (Bayerisches Staatsoper), Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro (Longborough Festival Opera), and Cover Meketaten Philip Glass Akhnaten and Fifteen Year Old Girl in Berg Lulu (English National Opera).
Lucy made her European operatic début as Bridesmaid Weber Freischütz (Opéra Comique & BBC Proms/Sir John Eliot Gardiner). Other roles include Ensemble Gluck Orphée (Royal Opera House/ Gardiner); Venus Venus & Adonis; Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aldeburgh/Christopher Stark), and her début for the Bayerisches Staatsoper in 2014 as Ninfa Monteverdi L’Orfeo under Ivor Bolton. She received critical acclaim for her Yniold in Aylin Bozok’s production of Pelléas et Mélisande (Arcola Theatre), where other roles have included Sophie Werther (“Lucy Knight sang prettily as Sophie” – Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph).
On the concert platform, Lucy made her début with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2016 as the soprano soloist in Nielsen’s Third Symphony (Royal Festival Hall/Paavo Järvi). Concert highlights include Mendelssohn Ein Sommernachtstraum with the LSO (Barbican/Gardiner); Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall/Jenkins); Sibelius Kuolema with the English Chamber Orchestra (Kings Place); Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch (LSO St Luke’s/Graham Johnson); and Britten Les Illuminations (Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra). A dedicated recitalist, Lucy has appeared in diverse programmes for The Oxford Lieder Festival, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Song Festival, Song in the City, and in music societies across the UK.
Lucy was the soloist for the world première of Karl Jenkins’ The Healer (Grayshott Concerts) and on the CD released by Warner Classics, and in 2015 she made her Carnegie Hall/New York début with the work. She featured as the soprano soloist in the 2016 tour of The Healer at the Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall (Raymond Gubbay).
Born in London, Lucy studied Music at Cambridge University and began her career as a member of the Monteverdi Choir, before training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Franz-Schubert-Institute in Vienna, and English National Opera. She is grateful for the generous support she has received for her studies.
Lucy Knight – Soprano, sings Mozart in concert with són in Romsey Abbey, 18 March 2017