REVIEW: Caroline Leighton/Allan Smith

A good sized audience witnessed an amazing lunchtime concert by Caroline Leighton (Piano) and Allan Smith (Baritone) in the delightfull setting of St. James’ Church, Louth on Friday, 13 August.

 

The intricity of Caroline’s piano, together with the clarity and sharpness of Allan’s voice, culminated a stunning delivery in the wonderfully, natural, acoustic setting of St. James’.

 

Caroline, a noted Composer and Pianist from Tealby, and Allan, who is well known in Louth have performed several collaborations, and their work together can be found on You Tube.

 

The impressive programme included songs in both English and German, from Composers Handel, Schubert, Britten, Schuman, Quilter, Strauss and Gurney. In addition, Caroline’s interpretation of three John Drinkwater poems, were also included.

 

The concert closed with a stunning performance of Annie Laurie.

 

Allan, who is “Master of Choristers” as St. James’ and also Choral Director ar King Edward VI Grammar School in Louth, is also Musical Director of Louth Choral Society.

 

Caroline, who studied piano with her mother, a graduate at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and at LEEDS Music College. She specialised in performance and “Lieder” – (Songs typically solo voice accompanied by piano).

 

You can read more about Caroline (including links to her work), on her Profile Feature on LAAMB.

 

Programme:

 

G.F Handel – Silent Worship
ARR. B. Britten – O Waly Waly
R. Schuman – (No. 1 from Myrten)
F. Schubert – Two songs from ‘Schwanengesang’:

Standchen
Die Taubenpost

I. Gurney – Sleep
H. Wolf – Verborgenheit
R. Strauss – Morgen
C. Leighton – Three Drinkwater Songs:

Late Summer
The Guest
Blackbird

R. Quilter – Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
R. Quilter – Love’s Philosophy

 

Encore:

 

William Douglas/Lady John Scott – Annie Laurie

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