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Dates for your Diary

Concerts involving Robert's music

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Out of the Shadows in Clapham and Estonia

16 June 2024, 7pm

Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, London SW4 0QW [Google Maps]

Tickets £15, available from Omnibus Theatre

5 July 2024, 10pm at the Glasperlenspiel Festival in Estonia

St John's Church, Tartu, Estonia [Google Maps]

Ben Vonberg-Clark (tenor)
Jonathan Eyers (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 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. [read more about this cantata].

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.

Tenor and conductor Ben Vonberg-Clark has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival (several times at Britten’s Red House), the North Yorkshire Moors Chamber Music Festival, and has sung with the BBC Singers, The Sixteen, La Nuova Musica, Tenebrae, the Eric Whitacre Singers and Stile Antico. Ben conducts the London Youth Boys’ Choir, the University of Essex Choir and the UBS choral society.

Baritone Jonathan Eyers is the currently a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio.

 

Pianist Nigel Foster is the founder and artistic director of the London Song Festival.

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