15th October: Lunchtime Concert: Robbie Haylett and Orlando Shamlou (Baritone & Piano)

Our final classical lunchtime concert of the year will be a return appearance by baritone Robbie Haylett (to the right in the picture), who last performed for us in 2016. He will be accompanied by British-Iranian pianist Orlando Shamlou (on the left in the picture), who’ll be making his first appearance at St John’s. Their programme will include items by Amy Beach, Richard Strauss, and the UK première of Dai Fujikura’s My Letter To The World, a cycle of Blake and Dickinson settings.

As ever St John’s will be open for an hour before the concert begins, with volunteers from the pop-up café team offering lots of home made sweet and savoury treats as well as hot and cold drinks.

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.

Tuesdays Till Two continues next week with the first in a season of “Jazz Café” concerts.

About Robbie:

Robbie Haylett obtained his undergraduate Music degree at Girton College, University of Cambridge, in 2014. During his study period he sang as a choral scholar under the directorship of Nicholas Mulroy, as a member of and soloist with the University Chamber Choir (performing work from Beethoven ‘Missa Solemnis’, to Stravinsky ‘Les Noces’, under conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington and Tim Brown), as a recitalist, and as a soloist with Cambridge University Opera Society. After a period of work in Peterborough, featuring solo singing engagements, and performances as part of Peterborough Cathedral Choir, he has established himself as a teacher and singer in Islington, London.

Previous roles include Dancaïro (‘Carmen’, Bizet) for Kentish Opera, Mathieu (‘Andrea Chénier’, Giordano) for Midsummer Opera, The Traveller (‘Curlew River’, Britten) for CUOS, Doctor P (‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat’, Nyman) with the Façade Ensemble, and, in concert/scenes performances, Orféo (Monteverdi), Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva. A devotee of new and contemporary music, he has given the World Premiere of Rhiannon Randle’s ‘Temptations’ (playing Israelite Father) and her ‘Kalthertzige’ (cycle for baritone and strings), David Earl’s ‘Strange Ghost’ (singing the roles of Dudley Ward and Frederick Kelly as well as substantial chorus work), and Louis D’Heudieres’ ‘various interpretations of utopian music”; UK premieres include Jeremy Thurlow’s ‘Over The Frost’ (consort and solo performance with chamber ensemble) and Brahms’ arrangement of JS Bach’s Cantata BWV 21 for strings.

On the concert stage, Robbie has made solo appearances in some staples of the repertory, including Fauré, Duruflé, and Brahms Requiems, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Bach’s St John Passion and Haydn’s Creation.

In recital, Robbie has performed works by composers that include Eisler, Debussy, Mahler, Barber, Fauré, Poulenc, Brahms, Britten, Schubert, Beethoven and Gurney.

As a teacher, Robbie has worked in several schools across the UK, taught privately, and worked for Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Performance Education course from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having attained a Merit in that programme last summer.

About Orlando:

Orlando Shamlou is a British-Iranian pianist and teacher based in London, UK. He studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the University of Leeds, and has taken lessons with Alasdair Beatson since 2011. He studied with Jimmy Brière and Paul Stewart at the Université de Montréal, Canada. He has regularly participated in summer festivals, where he has worked with teachers including Julian Martin, Dominique Weber, and Robert McDonald.

He performs as a soloist and chamber musician, and has worked closely with composers. He has performed Martinů’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with LUUMS Symphony Orchestra in Leeds Town Hall, and played orchestral piano in Stravinsky’s Firebird, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3.