Saturday 28th September        11.30am

THE RIDGEWAY ENSEMBLE

Judith Sheridan (soprano)Margaret Richards (cello)

Daniel King Smith (piano)William Winfield (reader)

VICTORIA & ALBERT - A MUSICAL ROMANCE

Bicentenary Celebration

MENDELSSOHN:Song Without Words, Op 109

Ich wollt' meine Lieb

Maiglockchen und die Blümlein 

BELLINI:Malinconia

ALBERT:Ein ständchen/Der Bettler

Letzten Worte eines Barden

MOZART:The Magic Flute (selection)

VIARDOT:En Mer

SCHUMANN:Er ist gekommen

ELGAR:Chanson de Matin, Op 15

SULLIVAN:The Sun whose rays

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's mutual passion for music was at the heart of their relationship from the very beginning. An accomplished composer, Albert shared his creative process in letters to the young Queen, and, as their married life progressed, it was punctuated by concerts, private performances and audiences with the musical elite of Europe. The Ridgeway Ensemble returns to the City Church to bring to life the musical world of the royal couple, through readings from their letters and diaries, contemporary accounts and performances of composers such as Mendelssohn, Elgar and Sullivan. At the heart of the programme are songs by Prince Albert himself for voice, cello and piano, which have remained unpublished and unperformed until now. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of works by three women composers - Fanny Mendelssohn, Pauline Viardot and Clara Schumann (whose bicentenary falls this year). 

Join us for this celebration of the musical tastes and achievements of a royal couple, opening a window into the musical life of Victorian England.