Music For A While by Michael Letchford at Recorded Vocal Art Society, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP, UK on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at 7.30pm


It had seemed like quite a while since Michael Letchford gave his last talk to the RVAS. We recalled his relaxed and amiable presentation style. Hence, we were looking forward to hearing him talk to us again.

With his previous occupations in senior positions in the classical recording industry we knew that Michael would have something special to say, and to play!

Michael’s talk “Music for a While” consisted mainly of songs which had a special impact on him. Beginning with Purcell we moved on to a group of Rachmaninov songs represented by, among others, Chaliapin, Koshetz, Lisitsian and Christoff and Smetana was sung by the great Sena Jurinac.

He ended a fine evening with a group he called “Three Northern Lassies”, represented by songs and arias from Louise Kirkby-Lunn (the subject of his latest published book), Kathleen Ferrier and Dame Janet Baker.

What better fare could one ask for? The evening was greatly enjoyed by a large audience. Bravo, Michael, we will look forward to your next talk!

(Reproduced by kind permission of the Recorded Vocal Art Society)

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