Jennifer Vyvyan Study Day

A day-long examination of the life and work of soprano Jennifer Vyvyan. Begins 2.30pm -3.30pm 'Jennifer Vyvyan: A Life Rediscovered'. Illustrated talk by music critic Michael White. Then, 3.30pm -4pm 'Remembering My Mother'. Jennifer Vyvyan's son Jonathan Crown in conversation with Michael White. At 4pm-4.45pm 'The Britten Connection'. A panel discussion presented by Michael White, with James Bowman and John Copley. Then, 5.15pm-6pm 'English Singing In The 1950s/60s'. Round table chaired by Michael White, with James Bowman, Noelle Barker and John Copley. At 6pm-6.45pm 'The Recorded Legacy'. Michael White explores Jennifer Vyvyan on disc. (The critic and broadcaster Michael White is the chief authority on Vyvyan, this study day will examine her career, her relationship with Britten, her complicated life – born into the landed gentry with an ancient family seat, riddled with secrets – and look broadly at the world of English singing to which she belonged. There will also be an exhibition based on a recently discovered cache of Vyvyan's personal effects, with a chance to view original letters, diaries, scores and other memorabilia relating to this extraordinary singer.)

The study day is followed by a tribute concert at 7.30pm, with Elizabeth Watts (soprano) and pianist James Southall.


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