Sunday 14th November
by Lawrence Gillians
with Andrew Woodmansey
Pianist: Francesca Lauri
Songs of Travel R. Vaughan Williams
Let Beauty Awake
The Roadside Fire
Youth and Love
The Infinite Shining Heavens
Whither Must I Wander
Bright Is the Ring of Words
I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope (op. Posth.)
Three Shakespeare Songs R. Quilter
Come Away, Death
O Mistress Mine
Blow, Blow, thou Winter Wind
Dichterliebe R. Schumann
Im wundershnen Monat Mai
Aus meinen Trnen sprie
Die Rose, die Lilie, die Tauber
Wenn ich in deiner Augen seh’
O du mein holder Abendstern R. Wagner – Tannhäuser
Una furtiva lagrima G. Donizetti – L’elisir d’amore
Winterstürme R. Wagner – Die Walküre
Au fond du temple saint G. Bizet – Les pêcheurs de perles
O sole mio E. di Capua & A. Mazzucchi
Lawrence Gillians is a bass-baritone currently studying at Trinity Laban with Neil Baker and Kelvin Lim, where he is kindly supported by the Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholarship. He is a member of the Philharmonia Chorus with which recent performances include Mahler 8 and a Proms performance of Rachmaninov’s the Bells/Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. He has also sung with the choruses for New Sussex Opera and Blackheath Opera. His solo work includes Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel and Five Mystical Songs, Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring, Bach’s Wachet! betet! betet! Wachet!, Mozart’s Requiem and Stainer’s Crucifixion. Operatic roles include Zalzal (l’etoile), Speaker/2nd Armed man (Die Zauberflote), Sergeant Meryll and the Lieutenant (Yeomen of the guard), and he recently created the role of A.J. Martinez in John Sturt’s new opera, Minutes to Midnight, in last year's Tete a Tete Festival. He has also sung Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Truffaldino (Ariadne Auf Naxos) and Sagristano (Tosca) for Trinity Laban opera scenes.
Andrew Woodmansey is a Master's student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire studying under Neil Baker, where he was awarded the Elliot Rosenblatt Memorial Scholarship and Linda Hirst Prize for Contemporary Vocal Music.
Andrew regularly premieres new music; recent highlights include Roles in Dominic Veall's 'Folclorico' and John Sturt's 'Minutes to Midnight', and Kieron Smith's 'The Overcoat' amongst other operas, songs and choral works.
More well-known roles and solos have included: Tamino (Die Zauberflote), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Bill (A Hand of Bridge), and Michele (Scenes from The Saint of Bleecker Street) along with solos in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Haydn's 'The Creation', Mozart's Requiem, Handel's 'Messiah', 'Ode to St Cecilia's day', and 'Dixit Dominus', Finzi's 'In Terra Pax', Vaughan-Williams' 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols', and Orff's 'Carmina Burana'. Andrew has performed numerous recitals, including at Wakefield Cathedral, Doncaster Art Gallery, Bootham School, York and Holy Trinity Church, York.
Andrew is a sort after choral tenor, previously Choral Scholar at the Old Royal Naval College, a member of the National Youth Chamber Choir, as well as a regular deputy across churches and cathedrals around the country. Ensemble work includes performances with Musica Antica Rotherhithe, Chorale Inegale, The Champagne Quartet, and his own consort, 'Hodie'.
Andrew is Supported by the Williams Trust and the Prowdes Educational Foundation.
Francesca Lauri, 20, is currently studying piano at Trinity Laban in her third year. She was the recipient of the Lee Family and Gladys Britton Scholarships in her first year and currently holds a Trinity Scholarship. She is studying with Sergio De Simone, head of the keyboard department.
Previously, Francesca attended the Purcell School of Music where she studied piano with Andrew Ball and harpsichord with David Gordon. She regularly performed at the Fazioli Hall, Italy, and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Glasgow, as part of the biannual keyboard festivals. She was also awarded the Leaver’s prize: the ‘Felsenstein Scholarship’.
In 2016 Francesca performed at the Wigmore Hall for the Chamber Music Series and as a soloist. She returned in duo in 2018.
Francesca regularly collaborates with singers and recently won the ‘Lillian Ash French Song Competition’ at Trinity with regular duo partner, Bethan Terry, adjudicated by Roger Vignoles, as well as being commended by Malcolm Martineau the year before. She was also a finalist with baritone, Michael Temporal-Darrell, in the 2019 Somerset Song Competition.
Francesca has also been collaborating with her father, co-leader of the LSO, Carmine Lauri. They performed a series of recitals as part of the LSO ‘Summer Shorts’ Concert Series in 2020 as well as releasing online videos for their ‘Coffee Morning’ concerts during the first Lockdown. They recently performed a private concert for the LSO Patrons at LSO St. Luke’s.