James Gilchrist tenor
William Vann piano

James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996.  James’ extensive repertoire in concert and recital has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world and he is celebrated as perhaps the finest Evangelist of his generation. He is joined by William Vann at the piano for a fascinating programme of two halves to conclude this Autumn series of classical song at the Pheasantry: the first focusing on the songs of the three Gloucester composers Howells, Gurney and Novello and the second showcasing Robert Schumann’s famous cycle Dichterliebe (“A poet’s love”).

“James Gilchrist’s contribution is past praise in its probing range of expression and unfailing sensitivity to the text” – Gramophone (James Gilchrist)

“pianism of the highest quality.” – MusicWeb International (William Vann)


Three Shakespeare Songs – Roger Quilter

King David – Herbert Howells

Down by the Salley Gardens | Snow | Sleep– Ivor Gurney

Fly home little heart | My life belongs to you | We’ll gather lilacs | And her mother came too – Ivor Novello

— interval —

Dichterliebe – Robert Schumann