Music atT ST MARY'S PPerivale


Thursday 8 October 4.00 pm

Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church

Sarah Gabriel (soprano) Iain Farrington (piano)

Songs from the Great American Musicals

George & Ira Gershwin: Who cares?
Hoagy Carmichael & Mitchell Parish: Stardust
Harold Arlen & Dory Previn: The Morning After
George Gershwin - Fidgety Feet (piano solo)
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart: Bewitched, bothered and bewildered
Harold Arlen & Yip Harburg - Right as the rain
Kurt Weill & Ogden Nash: That's him
Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart: I wish I were in love again
Iain Farrington (after Wagner) - Valerie takes a ride (piano solo)
George & Ira Gershwin: Love is here to stay
Harold Arlen & Ira Gershwin: The man that got away
Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson: September Song
Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg & Billy Rose: It's only a paper moon  

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Sarah Gabriel: Described by Le Monde as ‘As fine an actor as she is a singer' and praised by The Guardian for her ‘clearwater vocals', soprano Sarah Gabriel made her USA debut as Lucy Lockit (Britten The Beggar's Opera ) conducted by Lorin Maazel and her European debut as Eliza Doolittle in Robert Carsen's triumphant production of My Fair Lady at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, opposite Alex Jennings as Professor Higgins. Sarah has given recitals of music spanning 300 years at Wigmore Hall, Glyndebourne, and Cheltenham International Festivals, and has broadcast for BBC2, BBC Radio 3 and 4, NPR (USA), RTÉ, France Musique, and Radio France. As soloist with orchestra, she has performed oratorio, world premieres, opera and musical theatre in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.Her exploration of The Great American Songbook and Weimar Era cabaret includes concerts with Joanna MacGregor, her solo show Dorothy Parker Takes a Trip with Iain Farrington (Oxford Playhouse, Presteigne Festival), and her new cabaret group, The Blue Hour , with pianist/composer Tim Sutton. As a writer, she has had plays commissioned by Britten-Pears Arts and Dartington Festival. She wrote new lyrics to ‘Ode to Joy' for Iain Farrington's Beethoveniana , premiered at the First Night of the Proms 2020.

Iain Farrington has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at Cambridge University. He has made numerous recordings, and has broadcast on BBC Television, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. As a solo pianist, accompanist, chamber musician and organist, Iain has performed at all the major UK venues and abroad in the USA, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong and all across Europe. He has worked with many of the country's leading musicians, including Willard White, Bryn Terfel, and Paul McCartney. Iain played the piano at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics with Rowan Atkinson, the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. In 2018 he performed his solo piano arrangements of Mahler's symphonies in a concert series in London. Iain has composed orchestral, choral and instrumental pieces and has arranged hundreds of works in many styles, including opera, orchestral, choral, African songs, cabaret, klezmer, jazz and pop. He is the Arranger in Residence for the Aurora Orchestra. Iain has composed numerous works for the BBC Proms, including Beethoveniana in 2020, Gershwinicity in 2018, A Shipshape Shindig in 2017, and two works for the Wallace and Gromit Prom in 2012. His chamber orchestrations of the symphonic repertoire are regularly performed around the world, and his organ arrangement of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 was performed at the Royal Wedding in 2011. 


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