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Elin Manahan Thomas & Simon Lepper    28th Oct 2019  The Bear Club Map

The beautiful voice of Elin Manahan Thomas was recently heard all over the world as she sang so unforgettably for the entrance of the bride at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. She brings to Luton a recital, Fairest Isle, a portrait of the legends and landscape of Britain. Elin is joined at the piano by Simon Lepper, one of the country’s most respected song specialists, an official accompanist at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

‘Ravishing simplicity…’ The Times

‘Faultless tone…’ Guardian

‘Simon Lepper, whose prowess as a pianist is fused with a real sensitivity to words and to the voice, is a rarity indeed.’

The Times



Henry Purcell – Fairest Isle
Benjamin Britten – On this Island
Trad. Welsh – Folk song 
Toby Young – Sweet Song from Beowulf
Benjamin Britten – Scottish folk song
Richard Sisson – The Lake Isle of Innisfree 
Henry Purcell – Bawdy songs

Dilys Elwyn-Edwards – Sweet Suffolk Owl; In Faerie 
George Frederic Handel – Verdi Prati (Alcina); Let me wander not unseen (L’Allegro); Ombra mai fu (Xerxes)
Joseph Haydn – Folk songs
Ivor Novello – We’ll gather lilacs