Competition: Win a pair of tickets to the opening concert of the 2011 London Song Festival on Thursday 3 November.

Simply answer the question at the bottom of the page

17 October 2011

London Song Festival 2011For our new competition, we've teamed up with the London Song Festival to offer our readers the chance to hear distinguished singers and rising talent explore a repertoire of songs by English composers.

Now in its fifth year, the enterprising, inspiring and sometimes surprising London Song Festival – based in the heart of the West End at St George's, Hanover Square – focuses this November on an area of repertoire that remains undiscovered by many music-lovers: songs by English composers.

As the Festival's founder, pianist Nigel Foster, explains: '2011 is the first year that the Festival is exclusively devoted to English Song, giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy the immediacy of repertoire written in their native language and to appreciate the depth, variety and sheer genius of this wonderful music. With other masterpieces of the song so often taking precedence in recital programmes, songs in English can be unjustly underrated and passed over.' Each themed concert blends music and poetry, showcasing repertoire from composers including Britten, Bush, Butterworth, Delius, Dring, Elgar, Finzi, Gurney, Holst, Ireland, Parry, Quilter, Stanford (Dublin-born, but an adoptive Englishman), Walton, Warlock and, representing the lighter muse, Noel Coward and Flanders and Swann.

The Festival opens on Thursday 3 November 2011 with a recital by mezzo-soprano Louise Winter and speaker Mary Gifford Brown. Including music by Elgar, Parry, Quilter, Bantock, Bridge and Maude Valerie White, the artists will be celebrating the life and work of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) and Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861-1907), two prominent poets of the Victorian era.

The Festival also includes performances from established, star singers such as baritone Roderick Williams, and emerging talent including baritones Marcus Farnsworth (winner of the song prize at 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Awards) and Benedict Nelson (a Daily Telegraph 'Best Newcomer', a Samling Scholar and a protégé of Sir Thomas Allen), soprano Anna Leese, who this June represented New Zealand in the BBC's Cardiff Singer of the World, and counter-tenor Iestyn Morris, winner of the 2006 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the opening concert of the 2011 London Song Festival, simply answer the following question:

Which repertoire did the 2010 London Song Festival explore?

a) English Song
b) German Song
c) French Song

Email your answer, complete name, email and postal address to competitions@musicalcriticism.com by 30 October. Two winners will be selected and offered a pair of tickets each.

For more information about this year's line up and complete programme, visit the London Song Festival website.

You can also find the London Song Festival on Facebook and discover more about this year's performers.

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