Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano
William Vann piano

An acclaimed song recitalist, Kitty Whately trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She won both the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 59th Royal Overseas League Award in the same year, was part of the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy and was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2013-15. She is joined by William Vann at the piano for a programme of sumptuous English songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, his friends, contemporaries and pupils. The second concert in this new series of classical song at the Pheasantry.

“Whately’s ability to trace the drama of each song, whether in powerful climax or drawing back to a whisper, makes this an absorbing journey” – The Observer (Kitty Whately)

“In William Vann, Kitty Whately has an ideally responsive pianist, who clearly revels in the refined, poetic textures Vaughan Williams summons for his vocal soloist.” – BBC Music Magazine (William Vann)


Earth’s Call – John Ireland

Three Songs from Shakespeare | Willow Song – Ralph Vaughan Williams

King David – Herbert Howells

Down by the Salley Gardens | Lethe | The Seal Man – Rebecca Clarke

— interval —

Come away, death | King Stephen | Ophelia’s Song – Elizabeth Maconchy

The Sky Above the Roof | Love-Sight | Silent Noon – Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Lament of the Border Widow – Grace Williams

Take, O Take Those Lips Away | It was a Lover – Madeleine Dring