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Stoke Damerel Church

Schubert, Norway and Sea Songs

Featuring Aksel Rykkvin Baritone, Zany Denyer Piano, Charles Mutter Viola,

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Schubert, Norway and Sea Songs
Schubert, Norway and Sea Songs

Time & Location

05 Nov 2023, 16:00 – 18:00

Stoke Damerel Church, 85 Paradise Rd, Stoke, Plymouth PL1 5QL, UK

About the event

Join us for this wonderful recital of Schubert, Sea and Norwegian songs that we are putting on to raise money for fund the educational activites of the Plymouth Music Accord, Charity No 1073165/ All the costs are being met by a donor, so every penny raised will go to the PMA.

Music will include Schubert and Grieg songs and some Schumann and Schubert trio and instrumental music. Norwegian songs are rarely heard here yet, with a composers like Grieg, they are very beautiful. They blend together to make a highly enjoyable, familiar and emotional experience. There are numerous connections between Norway, Plymouth and the sea, hence the loose themes of the concert. And don’t worry if you don’t speak Norwegian. All lyrics and translations will be in the programme!

The baritone, Aksel Rykkvin, now 20, was a phenomenon as a boy soprano in his native Norway around the world. With 2 CDs (the first recorded with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London) and many concerts to his name, after his voice change he continued his singing studies, and is now at the Royal Academy of Music on a full scholarship. By coincidence, Aksel's English grandmother has relatives in Plymouth! Be prepared to hear a gorgeous rich but pure voice.  You can find a wealth of concerts and performances by him on https://www.youtube.com/@AkselRykkvin

Zany Denyer is a pianist who studied as an undergraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is now a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music. He is at 22 already a Steinway young artist, and he came first as accompanist in the recent RAM Lieder competition. His trio, the Havisham Trio, recently took second prize in the 18th International Chamber Music competition in Lyons.

Aksel and Zany have just returned from Vienna where they had a five week course on German song at the famous Schubert Institute, taught by some of the great names of singing, and Aksel has just announced he will be giving a recital and being taught in a public masterclass at Christian Gerhaher's and Gerold Hubers 3rd Song festival in Bavaria at the end of this September. Gerhaher is without doubt one of the finest baritone singers and for any singer this is a real accolade, for a 20 year old this is phenomenal.

Charles Mutter is the associate leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as concertmaster of the Brevard Summer Music Festival in North Carolina and regular guest leader of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Apart from arranging his other principal passion is film photography with vintage cameras. While his normal instrument is the violin, he will be playing the viola and has arranged several of the pieces for the concert himself.

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