Kathy Fuge and Laetitia Federici

July 13, 2024 7:30 pm

Katharine Fuge is a versatile and critically acclaimed performer who was sung at major festivals and concert halls across the UK and Europe, and in North and South America, the Far East and Russia. She is particularly known for singing Bach, recording and performing with many of the leading period instrument ensembles and conductors, especially Philippe Herreweghe, Philippe Pierlot’s Ricercar Consort, and John Eliot Gardiner with whom she has enjoyed a long and fruitful association both as a member of the Monteverdi Choir and as a soloist.

Katharine’s favourite moments from a varied career include Mozart Mass in C minor at San Francisco Symphony Hall with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Gardiner, Haydn Die Schöpfung at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Norrington, Haydn Die Jahreszeiten with the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra, Japan and Hidemi Suzuki, the world premiere of Carl Rütti’s Requiem at Winchester Cathedral with the Bach Choir and David Hill, the award-winning Bach cantata recordings with the Ricercar Consort, and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Three Choirs Festival, and of course the many concert and opera performances and recordings with Gardiner throughout Europe and around the world.

Katharine also enjoys her role as a teacher, and especially preparing the trebles of the world-famous Trinity Boys Choir for opera and concert performances all over the world. After many years living near London, Katharine decided she needed to live by the sea and is now very happy living in West Dorset, and especially swimming in the sea year round.

The French pianist Laetitia Fédérici studied in France at the Conservatoire of Cergy-Pontoise, graduating with Gold Medals in piano and chamber music, and in London at Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She took part in the Young Songmakers’ Almanac with Graham Johnson, and in master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. She won first prize at the Gerald Moore Award for accompanists in London and was one of the official accompanists of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

Laetitia now enjoys an eclectic and varied career playing a wide range of repertoire across Europe in venues such as the Purcell Room, the Foundling Museum, the London churches St Brides and St Clement Dane, the American Church in Paris, the festival Colla Voce in Poitiers (France), and at Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva.  She recorded a CD with violinist Survier Flores in 2016 and with the Trinity Boys Choir in 2019.

Their programme is based on the theme of “If music be the food of love”:

Henry Purcell
– If music be the food of love 3rd version ( Heveningham)
– Sweeter than roses, Z.585 (Norton)
Franz Schubert
– Du bist die Ruh, Op 59 No3, D776 (Rückert)
– Gretchen am Spinnrade, Op 2, D118 (Goethe)
Clara Schumann
– Ich stand in dunklen Träumen, Op13 No1 (Heine)
– Liebeszauber, Op13 No3 (Geibel)
Gabriel Fauré
– Notre amour, Op23 No2 (Silvestre)
– Poème d’un jour, Op 21 (Grandmougin)
– En sourdine, Op58 No2 (Verlaine)
Francis Poulenc – Les chemins de l’amour (Anouilh)
John Dowland – Come again, sweet love doth now invite (anon)
Madeleine Dring – Take O take those lips away (Shakespeare)
Ernest Chausson
– Hébé, Op2 No6 (Ackermann)
– Le colibri, Op2 No7 (de Lisle)
Samuel Barber
– Monks And Raisins, Op18 No2 (Garcia-Villa)
– Rain has fallen, Op10 No1 (Joyce)
Joseph Kosma – Déjeuner du matin (Prévert)
Noel Coward – Any little fish (from Cochran’s 1931 revue)
Madeleine Dring – The nightclub proprietress (Betjeman)
Cole Porter
– The tale of the Oyster
– I get a kick out of you

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