Ailish Tynan (soprano) & Iain Burnside (piano)


30 November 2019, 7.30pm

Big School, Tonbridge School

Ailish Tynan (soprano) & Iain Burnside (piano)

A varied programme of English and French song, Schubert, Reynaldo Hahn, and operatic arias by Puccini.   Please note this replaces the programme with Luis Gomes and Iain Burnside advertised in May 2019.

Adults £20  Under-18s and Students in full-time education free  
Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult
This concert is also available as part of a mini-season membership (3 concerts for £50) or a full membership (5 concerts for £75)



Frank Bridge – Goldenhair
Herbert Hughes – She weeps over Rahoon
Samuel Barber – Solitary Hotel
Herbert Hughes – The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby
Benjamin Britten – The Last Rose of Summer
Fauré – Cinq mélodies de Venise (Mandoline, En sourdine, Green, À Clymène, C’est l’extase)
Hahn – Fêtes Galantes, À Chloris


Schubert – Lachen und Weinen, Die junge Nonne, Ave Maria, Die Forelle, Nacht und Träume, Gretchen am Spinnrade
Puccini  – Si, mi chiamano Mimì (La bohème), Signore, ascolta! (Turandot)

Irish soprano Ailish Tynan won the 2003 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Ailish was a member of the prestigious Vilar Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a BBC New Generation Artist, where she recorded and performed prolifically with the BBC orchestras and in recital.

Ailish established herself with operatic roles including Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel (The Royal Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera); Madame Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims, Marzelline in Fidelio and Madame Podtotshina’s Daughter in Shostakovich’s The Nose (The Royal Opera); Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen (Grange Park Opera); Tigrane in Radamisto (English National Opera); Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Teatro alla Scala and The Royal Opera); Despina in Così fan tutte (Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse); Héro in Béatrice et Bénédict (Houston Grand Opera, Opéra Comique and Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg); Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Nannetta in Falstaff and Atalanta in Xerxes (Royal Swedish Opera); and Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (Opéra Comique and Opéra de Rouen).

Among her notable concert appearances are Mahler Symphony No.8 (LSO under Valery Gergiev, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Marc Albrecht, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, Philharmonia under Lorin Maazel, and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano); Mahler Symphony No.4 (Prague Symphony Orchestra under Jac van Steen and the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder); Mahler Symphony No.2 (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Myung-Whun Chung); Verdi Requiem (Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele under Michael Hofstetter); Haydn The Creation (CBSO under Andris Nelsons); Handel Messiah (AAM under Richard Egarr); and Handel Semele (The English Concert under Harry Bicket at Carnegie Hall). She has appeared at both first and last night of the BBC Proms with highlights including Bella in A Midsummer Marriage (BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis) and Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits).

Ailish is a passionate recitalist and works regularly with pianists including Iain Burnside, James Baillieu, Graham Johnson and Simon Lepper, giving recitals at venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh, City of London, Gregynog, St. Magnus, Brighton and West Cork Music Festivals, the Vinterfespill in Norway and for the Prince of Monaco in the Irish Embassy in Paris. She has performed the world premiere of Nuit d’Afrique written for her by Judith Weir, at Wigmore Hall.

Her numerous recordings include Fauré Mélodies (Opus Arte), Nacht und Träume (Delphian) and An Irish Songbook with pianist Iain Burnside; Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music (EMI); and Mahler Symphony No.8 with the LSO under Valery Gergiev (LSO Live) and Philharmonia Orchestra under Lorin Maazel (Signum Classics).

Ailish has presented several episodes of Saturday Classics for the BBC and has appeared on BBC Proms Extra as a TV pundit. Additionally, she has been a Jury member for the Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and Wigmore Hall Song Competition.

In the current season Ailish performs her first Mimì La bohéme in a much-anticipated return to Grange Park Opera; Strauss Vier lezte Lieder with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; Bach B minor Mass and Viennese Galas with the Ulster Orchestra; and recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall and Holkham Hall.

Renowned pianist Iain Burnside needs no introduction, being “pretty much ideal” (BBC Music Magazine). His recordings straddle an exuberantly eclectic repertoire from Beethoven and Schubert to the cutting edge Gramophone Award-winning NMC Songbook. Recent recordings include sets of Rachmaninoff and Medtner songs for Delphian (“the results are electrifying” Daily Telegraph).
He recently performed the three Schubert song cycles with Roderick Williams at Wigmore Hall and in the 2018/19 season returned with his major series of Russian Song. Upcoming projects feature Rosa Feola, Ailish Tynan, Joyce DiDonato, Andrew Watts, Lawrence Brownlee, Benjamin Appl, Brett Polegato and Roderick Williams.
Away from the piano Burnside is active as a writer and broadcaster. As presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Voices he won a Sony Radio Award. His play A Soldier and a Maker, created at the Guildhall School, was performed at the Barbican Centre and Cheltenham Festival and broadcast by Radio 3 on Armistice Day (“searing” Daily Telegraph). Iain Burnside is Artistic Director of the Ludlow English Song Weekend and Artistic Consultant to Grange Park Opera.

“Tynan’s strong, sweet voice is always a pleasure to listen to, and it was ideal for Elgar’s Pleading, where her control of dynamic demonstrated complete sensitivity to the text…. Tynan was at her dramatic best, though, in the two contemporary songs, Seóirse Bodley’s busy, almost-Mozartian A Call and Libby Larsen’s witty Pregnant, and her licensed hamming up of the decorations in Balfe’s I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls (accompanied, with tongue-in-cheek poise by Iain Burnside) was a joy.” (MusicOMH / Barry Creasy)

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