Penn House

'Salon Recitals' - a vision for British Song - new dates announced for 2024...

The Salon Recitals present British song in its ‘natural’ environment of the domestic salon, with the more intimate and homely performance space highlighting the unique qualities of the repertoire.

Recitals are held in exclusive venues, with a reception following the concert, including an opportunity to meet and mingle with the performers.

We are offering a number of Salon Recitals throughout 2024. TABS members are offered priority booking and advance notice of dates, which are by invitation only. Learn more about the benefits of joining TABS by clicking here.

The first Salon Recial Series took place in Spring and early Summer 2022, with three recitals by James Gilchrist and Nathan Williamson. We were delighted with the warm response we received from TABS members and their friends, and each recital was sold out. Guests were treated to a glass of champagne on arrival, as well as wine and canapés following the recital itself. The programme itself was beautifully curated by James Gilchrist to reflect different moods from different stages of the day: Morning, Noon, Afternoon, Eventide, and Nighttime. Each section was introduced by James Gilchrist, with some poems being read ahead of their musical setting. Among the composers featured were Rebecca Clarke, John Ireland, Frank Bridge, Herbert Howells, Roger Quilter, and Ivor Gurney.

The Salon Recitals continued in 2023 with the premiere of Nathan Williamson's new song-cycle, Grey and Green are all my Light, in a soiree at Reydon Hall, Suffolk. The new work sets poetry and prose from Robert Jellicoe's recent book, Shorelines. The premiere, given by New Zealand baritone Jonathan Eyers, with the composer at the piano, was presented side by side with poetry readings, and an introduction by the composer and writer.