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Concerts involving Robert's music

2 December 2022: London Song Festival

We wear the mask, premiere of my setting of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar as part of London Song Festival concert with Ronald Samm, Gweneth Ann Rand & Nigel Foster in settings of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, & William Grant Still.


Hinde Street Methodist Church
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3 February 2023: Out of the Shadows

Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer Street, London W1U 2QJ

Ben Vonberg-Clark (tenor)
James Atkinson (baritone)
Nigel Foster (piano)


'I myself am such a man'

An evening of music by contemporary composer Robert Hugill for LGBT History Month featuring the world premieres of two cantatas.

From the twilight world of the 19th & early 20th century homosexual to a desperate search for eternal life.

Out of the Shadows takes us from the earliest tentative admissions of same sex attraction, to cruising in a bath house in Imperial Russia to Walt Whitman's unashamed admission of his sexuality. Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum moves between the certainty of the Latin creed, to explorations of cryogenic, the body-snatching of Burke and Hare and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, before resolving in the homoerotic pantheistic transcendentalism of Walt Whitman with its celebration of Death itself. Alongside these two will be a selection of Hugill’s songs, from love songs and settings of Michaelangelo’s sonnets to a depiction of an Aids candlelit memorial in Memorare.

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