Temple Song 2017

“Middle Temple Hall, the setting for a first-rate concert series, is one of those London spaces that would make a tourist swoon. With its suits of armour and coats-of-arms it seems the perfect setting for stirring songs of martial derring-do. “
Ivan Hewitt, The Daily Telegraph 2015

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Julia Kleiter, soprano
Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo
Christoph Prégardien, tenor
Gerald Finley, baritone
Julius Drake, piano

Over the last few years, since the inauguration of Temple Song in 2006, I have performed in the glorious Middle Temple Hall with an array of the best singers in the world, most of them discovering the hall for the first time.

Olaf Bär, Thomas Allen, Felicity Lott, Christoph Pregardien, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Sergei Leiferkus, Gerald Finley, Willard White, Robert Holl, Danielle De Niese, Ann Sofie Von Otter – they all say it is one of the very best acoustics for song they know, a wonderful place to sing.

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Julius Drake, piano


The superb soprano Sophie Bevan makes her Middle Temple Hall debut with a programme that imagines a party at their apartment in Leipzig in 1842.

Clara and Robert Schumann's musical circle was particularly wide and included some of the most celebrated composers, writers and performers living and working in Europe. Sophie Bevan and Julius Drake have drawn their programme from a collection of the most illustrious of their friends and visitors, including Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Fredrik Chopin, Heinrich Heine, Hans Christian Anderson, Franz Liszt and Hector Berlioz.

March 21st

Christoph Prégardien, tenor
Julia Kleiter, soprano
Julius Drake, piano


On March 21st the celebrated German tenor, Christoph Prégardien returns to Middle Temple with the star soprano Julia Kleiter.

This is something of a family affair – Kleiter is actually Prégardien’s niece – and their programme of songs and duets combines Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn setting poems by their favourite poets, Goethe and Heine.

July 24th

Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo
Julius Drake, piano


The great Austrian mezzo, Angelika Kirchschlager joins Julius Drake in the spiritual setting of Middle Temple Church for a performance of Schubert’s sublime cycle, Winterreise.

Kirchschlager is celebrated as one of her generation’s foremost interpreters of the operas of Strauss and Mozart but equally acclaimed as a recitalist. Franz Schubert is core to her repertoire yet she is performing his great cycle, Winterreise for the first time in 2018. It promises to be a memorable concert.

October 2nd

Gerald Finley, baritone
Julius Drake, piano


For the final concert in the 2018 series Julius Drake is joined by one of the great baritones of our day, the Canadian Gerald Finley.

Hugely admired for his interpretations of Don Giovanni, Hans Sachs, Guillaume Tell, Falstaff and Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic, Finley is also a consummate recitalist. His song recordings with Julius Drake for Hyperion have won Gramophone Awards on three separate occasions and concerts include regular recital tours of North America and Europe.

For his return to Middle Temple Hall Gerald Finley has titled his programme ‘Swansongs’. The final songs of Brahms, his glorious ‘Vier Ernste Gesänge’ are performed alongside Schubert’s posthumous cycle, ‘Schwanengesang’.

Do join us for one or all of these recitals – a glass of wine is included in the ticket price and you will be given a warm welcome!

Julius Drake
Artistic Director Temple Song

Annus Mirabilis: The Complete Songs of 1840

Frauenliebe und Leben and other Chamisso settings

Angelika Kirchschlager, mezzo

Sag an, o lieber Vogel mein (Hebbel) op 27 no 1
Dem roten Röslein gleicht mein Lieb (Burns) op 27 no 2
Was sollich sagen (Chamisso) op 27 no 3
Jasminenstrauch (Rückert) op 27 no 4
Volksliedchen (Rückert) op 51 no 2
Verratene Liebe (Chamisso) op 40 no 5

Die Löwenbraut (Chamisso) op 31 no 1
Die rote Hanne (Chamisso) op 31 no 3
Die Kartenlegerin (Chamisso) op 31 no 2

Mädchen-Schwemut ( Bernhard) op 142 no 3
Die Nonne ( Fröhlich ) op 49 no 3
Loreley (Lorenz) op 53 no 2
Blondels Lied ( Seidl) op 53 no 1

Frauenliebe und Leben (Chamisso) op 40


Eichendorf, Kerner and Anderson

Sarah Connolly, mezzo
André Morsch, baritone

Trost im Gesang (Kerner) op 142 no 1
Der frohe Wandersmann (Eichendorf) op 77 no 1
Der Schatzgräber (Eichendorf) op 45 no 1
Frühlingsfahrt (Eichendorf ) op 45 no 2
Sängers Trost ( Kerner) op 127 no 1

Liederkreis ( Eichendorf) op 39

Hans Christian Anderson Lieder op 40
Der Soldat
Der Spielmann

Kerner Lieder op 35


The Heine Settings

Ian Bostridge, tenor

Liederkreis op 24

Tragödie op 64 (1, 2 )
Der arme Peter op 53 (1,2,3)
Dein Angesicht op 127 no 2
Lehn deine Wang op 142 no 2
Es leuchtet meine Liebe op 127 no 3
Mein Wagen rollet langsam op 142 no 4

Belsatzar op 57
Die feindlichen Brüder op 49 no 2
Abends am Strande op 49 no 3
Die beiden Grenadiere op 49 no 1

Dichterliebe op 48


Myrten, songs and duets

Pumeza Matshikiza, soprano
James Gilchrist, tenor

Myrten op 25

Sechs Lieder (Reinick) op 36 (IB)
Sonntags am Rhein
Nicht Schöneres
An den Sonnenschein
Dichters Genesung

Der Knabe mit dem Wunderhorn (Geibel) op 30 no 1 (KR)
Der Page (Geibel) op 30 no 2
Der Hidalgo (Geibel) op 30 no 3
Sehnsucht (Geibel) op 51 no 1

Ländliches Lied op 29 no 1 (Geibel) (Duet)
Nur ein lächelnder Blick (Zimmerman) op 27 no 5 (KR)
Schlusslied des Narren (Shakespeare trans. Schlegel and Tiek) op 127 no 5 (IB)
Drei Zweistimmige Lieder op 43
Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär
Schön Blümelein

Vier Duette op 34
Liebesgarten (Reinick)
Liebhabers Ständchen ( Burns)
Unterm Fenster (Burns)
Familien Gamälde (Grün)