9th October: Lunchtime Concert – Winterreise (Part 1)

In this lunchtime concert Bass-Baritone Robert-John Edwards and pianist Gina Kruger will perform the first part of Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey) D911. This cycle of 24 songs was composed and published in two separate halves during 1827, and today’s concert is a performance of the first twelve songs as published in January 1828. Winterreise is the second of Schubert’s great song cycles based on the poems of Wilhelm Müller, following on from Die Schöne Müllerin, which Jonathan Hanley performed in St John’s earlier in the year.

As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade quiche, cakes, scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.

The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £5.

Robert-John Edwards will be returning to St John’s on 9th November, for an evening concert entitled “A Ploughman’s Tale”

About Robert-John Edwards:

Stamford-born Robert-John Edwards originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and he later trained as a singer, attending the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since winning the post-graduate course prize there, he has gone on to sing roles for Pavilion Opera, Heritage Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera Minima, Operamus,
Stanley Hall Opera, Opera Seria, Secret Opera, Saffron Opera Group, Hashtag Opera and Apollo Opera. He was a member of the professional chorus at Buxton for five years.

About Gina Kruger:

Gina Kruger is a truly international artiste. She holds degrees in piano from the United States and a post-graduate diploma from the Royal College of Music, London. During her studies at the Royal College of Music, she won the Fossat Award for Chamber Music which resulted in performances for the Queen of Denmark and a residency in France. She continues to appear as a recitalist locally and internationally.

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