Thomas Guthrie and Daniel Grimwood - Winterreise - Franz Schubert

Thomas Guthrie - baritone
Daniel Grimwood - fortepiano
Winterreise, Op. 89, D. 911
Franz Schubert
(“amazing…extraordinary…wonderful… absolutely compelling” Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3, In Tune

A performance with a difference: a production originally commissioned by New Kent Opera for singer, puppet, and fortepiano, with animated drawings by Peter Bailey, puppet by Mandarava. Thomas Guthrie is an innovative and award-winning British director and musician working in theatre and music to tell stories in vivid, new and direct ways. A former Jette Parker Young Artist Stage Director at the Royal Opera House in London, his revival of David McVicar’s Die Zauberflöte there won What’s On Stage Best Revival 2018. His own critically acclaimed productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte at Longborough Festival Opera  led to an invitation to direct Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer there in 2018  (‘one of the best productions at this venue I have seen’, Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph). With a reputation for stylish, unfussy, energetic, physical, theatrical and sometimes controversial work, the clarity of the storytelling, the commitment of the performers and a pre-eminence of musical values are at the heart of his productions. This extraordinary interpretation combines his expertise as a singer, (chilling and thrilling, The Sunday Times), with that of Mandarava’s puppet, which he manipulates himself throughout the performance.

Guthrie is joined by fortepianist, Danel Grimwood, a performer of international renown, combining an exceptional talent, rare versatility and refinement, with an inquisitive personality.  (“Probably the finest allround musician I have ever known” – Felix Aprahamian. With a repertoire ranging from Elizabethan Virginal music to the works of living composers, he enjoys a solo and chamber career, which has taken him across the globe, performing on the most prestigious concert platforms, including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room in London, Saffron Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Symphony Hall Birmingham, the Sage Gateshead, the Three Choirs Festival, the Rachmaninoff and Gnessin Halls in Moscow, the Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as venues in Germany, Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Estonia, Taiwan, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Lebanon and Oman. Although primarily a pianist, he is frequently to be found performing on harpsichord, organ, viola or composing at his desk. Grimwood is a passionate exponent of the early piano and has given a recital of Chopin’s Etudes on the composer’s own Pleyel piano.

Saturday 16th November 2019 - Reception: 7pm / Concert: 8pm
£23.00 / £21.00 / £17.00
Church of St Mary
Church Lane
TN26 2NQ