Home-grown talent performs classical songs in Bedford

Kitty Whately
Kitty Whately

Bedford Music Club welcomes two outstanding home-grown musicians tonight (Thursday) for a song recital at Bedford Girls’ School.

The award-winning mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately began her opera career performing for Bedford Youth Opera and now sings on concert, opera and recital stages in the UK and internationally. Currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, she is also an HSBC Laureate for the Aix-en-Provence Festival and was the winner of the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Award.

Her accompanist for the evening will be William Vann, who was born and brought up in Bedford and is now a multiple prize-winning pianist of international renown.

Kitty and Will perform an enticing programme of songs from across the centuries. English songs by Henry Purcell and Jonathan Dove and Joseph Horovitz’s Lady Macbeth scene will be performed alongside German Lieder by Schubert and Mahler, and American songs by Barber and Sondheim.

The concert is the penultimate of six evenings of classical music that Bedford Music Club showcases between Oct-ober and May every year. The concerts draw together some of the finest artists in the fields of baroque ensemble playing, chamber music, song and choral singing.

Tickets cost £18 or £5 for students and £2 for children. Call 01234 26181 book.