Mark Padmore-2
Simon Lepper-3

Sunday 20th February 2022

3.00 pm

Venue: Colyer-Fergusson Hall

Mark Padmore, tenor and

Simon Lepper, piano


Two of the world’s greatest exponents of the art of singing and piano partnership present a recital of songs by

Fauré, Reynaldo Hahn, Britten, Barber, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Ives, Rebecca Clarke, Tippett, Gurney and Holt

Sponsored by the Canterbury Music Club “100 Club”

Book tickets

through the

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Mark Padmore, tenor and

Simon Lepper, piano


Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

    From Mélodies de Venise

    Op. 58:  


        En sourdine

Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)

    From Chansons grises:

        Chanson d'automne

        Tous deux

        L’Allée est sans fin

        En sourdine

        L'heure exquise

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

    La bonne chanson Op.61:

        Une sainte en son auréole

        Puisque l’aube grandit

        La lune blanche luit dans

            les bois

        J'allais par des chemins


        J'ai presque peur, en


        Avant que tu ne t’en


        Donc, ce sera par un clair

            jour d'été

        N’est-ce pas?

        L'hiver a cessé


Britten (1913-1976)

    Who Are These Children?

Barber (1910-1981)

    Bessie Bobtail

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

    Silent Noon

Finzi (1901-1956)

    Channel Firing

Ives (1874-1954)

    The Housatonic at


Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)

    The Seal Man  

Tippett (1905-1998)

    Full Fathom Five  

Gurney (1890-1937)


Finzi (1901-1956)

    Fear No More the

        Heat O' the Sun  

Holst (1874-1934)


Britten (1913-1976)

    From This Way to the Tomb:




        At the mid hour of night

Simon Lepper, who grew up in Canterbury, read music at King’s College, Cambridge before studying piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music and later with Ruben Lifschitz at the Fondation Royaumont.  


He is a professor of collaborative piano and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he is also in charge of the collaborative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.


His discography includes two volumes of Debussy Songs and a Strauss disc with Gillian Keith, a disc of Mahler songs with Karen Cargill, the complete songs of Jonathan Dove with Kitty Whately and a CD of contemporary violin works with Carolin Widmann.


Mark Padmore was born in London, grew up in Canterbury and studied at King’s College, Cambridge.  He has established an international career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions have gained particular notice, especially his renowned performances as Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars.

Mark collaborated Simon Lepper and the Sacconi Quartet to bring Vaughan Williams' "On Wenlock Edge" and Jonathan Dove's tragic masterpiece "In Damascus" to Canterbury Music Club for their 75th Anniversary Season.

A highlight of Mark’s 2021/22 season is a residency at Wigmore Hall where he celebrates his relationship with pianists Till Fellner, Imogen Cooper, Mitsuko Uchida and Paul Lewis.