Two young women that we have known for quite a while but who are just starting out on their musical careers. Fran Stafford (soprano and piano) is already making her professional way as a vocal teacher and performer, while Megan Cave (piano and violin) is about to head off to Trinity Laban to pursue her musical studies. They kindly agreed to perform for us and were also eager to raise money for the Oxford Heart Centre and for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Thanks to the generosity of our audience, those causes benefited by over £700.
The recital itself, under the title "Nothing is so beautiful", featured a movement each from Bruch's violin concerto (with Fran accompanying Megan) and Beethoven's Tempest sonata (played by Megan) along with arias by Handel and Mozart and some more recent tunes. Less familiar, though, was Poulenc's song cycle La Courte Paille, in which Fran demonstrated her vocal agility with a torrent of French vowels (Ba, be, bi, bo, bu, bé! / Le chat a mis ses bottes, / Il va de porte en porte / Jouer, danser, / Danser, chanter...) while Megan coped magnificently with the tricky accompaniment. Great fun!
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