En route from John O' Groats to Land's End on his Brompton folding bike, baritone David Jones pauses to sing Vaughan Williams's timeless Songs of Travel, folk songs from along the route of Song Cycle and other favourite English songs.
Song Cycle marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams with an epic, thousand-mile journey through the landscapes that inspired his music, and the Songs of Travel in particular.
This concert is a part of Perth Festival (www.perthfestival.co.uk) and is generously supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust. Admission is FREE, with a retiring collection for Yehudi Menuhin's charity Live Music Now.
For more information about Song Cycle and its support for Live Music Now, visit www.song-cycle.com
Song Cycle 2018
David Jones, baritone
Juliette Philogène, piano
A selection of folk songs from the route of Song Cycle 2018
Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Songs of Travel
David Jones, baritone
A prizewinner in the 2015 AESS Patricia Routledge English Song Competition, David Jones is equally at home in song, oratorio and opera. He has a particular interest in new music, and has given premieres of works by Nick Bicât, Stephen Deazley, Louis Mander and Josh Spear.
Recent highlights have included Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and Sharpless in Madam Butterfly for the King’s Head Theatre. He toured the UK as part of Joshua Sofaer’s innovative Opera Helps project and is a soloist on Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now scheme.
With Teatime Opera he has broken new ground in Unknowing, an ambitious staged interweaving of Dichterliebe and Frauenliebe und -Leben in a new English translation by David Parry, which will receive more performances in late 2016. His recitals have included explorations of major song cycles by Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Schumann, alongside lesser-known works by Bliss and Sullivan, and he enjoys a fruitful ongoing collaboration with Cantata Dramatica, with whom he has given the first performances of four substantial works.
On the opera stage he appeared as Ko-Ko in an acclaimed production of The Mikado with Co-Opera Co., in which "his deadpan sense of humour and immaculate timing proved irresistible" (Opera magazine) and his little list was "brilliantly delivered with hangdog deadpan" (Opera Now).
Other operatic roles have included Jesus in Jonathan Harvey's Passion and Resurrection (Voices of London Festival), Edward VIII in the premiere of Josh Spear's That Woman (Tête-à-Tête Festival), Pritschitsch in The Merry Widow (Opera Danube) and Jamie in The Sleeper (world premiere with Welsh National Youth Opera). For Oxford Chamber Theatre he played Ariel in The Tempest and the title role in Hamlet.
Juliette Philogène, piano
Juliette Philogène was awarded the highest Prize at Virtuoso level at 16, performing Beethoven First Concerto at Pian'Austral International Piano Competition. Two years later, in 2005 she achieved her Scientific French Baccalauréat and obtained her Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music with Distinction.
She then studied with French pianist Désiré N'Kaoua's at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She was simultaneously offered a full scholarship at the RSAMD (now RCS) in Glasgow.
Juliette obtained her Bachelor of Music with Honours of the First Class in 2009 after studying with Philip Jenkins then Jonathan Plowright. She performed in masterclasses with Steven Osbourne, Jean-Philippe Collard, Professor Zolinsky, Professor Gruzman from Leipzig Conservatory, John Thwaites, Aaron Shorr and Fali Pavri.
Juliette was accepted on the prestigious Live Music Now! Scotland scheme in 2009. She performs regularly around Scotland, England and Wales, on tour, in festivals, universities and varied recitals.
In 2010, Philogène was invited by the WAM Foundation to work in Mumbai schools over the Summer. She graduated her Masters in Music performance in July 2011 with Distinction.
Her regular contact with several audiences - including children and adults with complex needs, severe mental and physical disabilities - through Live Music Now! and through an enriching trip to India inspired Juliette to strengthen her knowledge on music and its effects. Eager to feed her passion for psychology and bridge music together with science, she enrolled the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Masters in 2011; Philogène graduated in July 2013 and obtained the Masters of Science as a Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist with Distinction.
Philogène is committed to new music, having premiered and recorded several contemporary composers' works: Rory Boyle's Pour Béatrice, Jennifer Martin's By-cicle commissioned by LMN! Scotland for Philogene and Langton duo. She was a member of the RCS Music Lab which took part in the ecat festival playing Stockhausen Aus Dem Sieben Tagen in Edinburgh at the McEwen Hall