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Helen Charlston & Rebecca Leggett

Up Next: 8th July 2024, 9:15pm
Location: Merchant Taylor's Hall
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Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres

Many of the ‘songs’ we are hearing at this year’s festival naturally incline towards the secular, but tonight’s concert is about the sacred. Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbres are an exquisitely emotional depiction of that most human of sounds: the cry of mourning. Couperin stated that, while he wrote the Leçons for two sopranos, “all other types of voices may sing them”.

As a lower voice (!) I have long hoped to perform them, and I can’t think of a better team with whom to sharen this intensely personal and devotional work. Helen Charlston

[Rebecca Leggett] “It was thrilling to see and hear a fine career blossoming before one’s eyes and ears.” Sussex World

[Helen Charlston] surely one of the most exciting voices in the new generation of British singers.” Gramophone

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