Samuel Barber Hermit Songs
A tribute to the Great American Songbook: songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and others.
Tim Poster Piano
Raphaela Papadakis Soprano
Tom Poster, piano
Since his London concerto debut at the age of 13, Tom has appeared in a wide-ranging concerto repertoire of over forty major works. Equally at home in the high-octane virtuosity of Rachmaninov or Ligeti as directing Mozart and Beethoven from the piano, Tom has appeared as soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, China National Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St Petersburg State Capella Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Thierry Fischer, James Loughran, Robin Ticciati and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Two outstanding new concertos have been written for Tom: David Knotts’ Laments and Lullabies, commissioned by the Presteigne Festival; and Martin Suckling’s Piano Concerto, commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Raphaela Papadakis, soprano
Winner of the National Mozart Competition 2015, Raphaela Papadakis is a British soprano of Greek, Italian and Seychellois descent. Whilst still a student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she made her professional début at Garsington Opera, for which she was praised by the Financial Times as giving “the most attractive solo performance” of the show. Since then, she has performed roles with Independent Opera and Bury Court Opera and covered at the Royal Opera House and the Berlin Staatsoper. Recent and future roles include the cover of the title role in Cavalli’s Hipermestra at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Orestilla in Porpora’s L’Agrippina in its British première with Barber Opera.
A passionate recitalist and concert singer, Raphaela made her début at Carnegie Hall in 2014, and was a Vocal Fellow at the Ravinia Festival, Chicago. This season sees her return to the Oxford Lieder Festival with Sholto Kynoch, and appearing as a featured artist at the 70th birthday celebrations of the celebrated composer Nicola LeFanu. Raphaela’s awards and prizes include the York Early Music Festival Prize at the London Handel Festival, 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the Clonter Opera Competition, and 1st Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards. She is a Samling, IMA, and City Music Foundation Artist, and a winner of the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists.