Kitty Whately & Simon Lepper

Location: St Mary's Church, Luton LU1 3JF
Kitty Whately
Simon Lepper









If one was looking for an illustration of our season’s theme, The Relationship between Literature, Art & Music, perhaps one of the most obvious examples might be a song recital. The fusion of poetry and music, the response of composer to poet, the synthesis of aesthetic ideals are all part of this thrilling art form.


Internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately is joined by Simon Lepper at the piano. Together they represent surely one of the finest such pairings in the country. They have chosen a range of music that encompasses the artistry of German Lieder from the 19th Century, English lyricism from the 20th, right through to more recent vocal writing from the last 40 years. There will be a rare chance to hear music by Margerete Schweikert (1887-1957), a German composer who wrote over 160 songs.

Margarete Schweikert

This concert has been made possible by an anonymous donation from two members of Luton Music who this year are celebrating 40 years of support for the club. We thank them for their generosity and hope that the evening will serve as another treasured musical memory for them both.

    Richard Sisson (Chair of Luton Music)









Clara Schumann – Lorelei

Johannes Brahms – Von EwigeDie Mainacht

Johanna Müller-Hermann – Wie ein Vollmondnacht; Die letzte Abend

Fanny Mendelssohn – Songs without Words Op 8/3

Margerete Schweikert – Wolke; Unser Haus

Richard Strauss – AllerseelenAuf ein KindBefreit


Ralph Vaughan Williams – IciclesSilent NoonSky Above Roof

Rebecca Clarke – Seal Man

Jonathan Dove – Between Your SheetsWhat Lips My Lips Have Kissed

Madeline Dring – Take O Take Those Lips Away; It Was a Lover and His Lass

Richard Rodgers – If I Loved YouMr Snow

Stephen Sondheim – Send in the Clowns

Kitty Whately – mezzo-soprano
Simon Lepper – piano

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