Coffee Concert – Paul Mocroft & John Jenkin

Silvester Horne Institute

Wed Aug 1 | 10.15am |

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A native of the Black Country, Paul Mocroft has been singing since he joined his church choir aged 10. From 1990 to 2000 he was a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus and with them sang in all the major venues and festivals across Europe under such conductors as Simon Rattle, Mark Elder, Kurt Masur and many others. He is now a regular soloist with choirs across the Midlands singing all of the standard oratorio repertoire. He has given many recitals of English song with the pianist John Jenkin and completed his vocal studies at Birmingham Conservatoire.

John Jenkin is an accomplished organist and pianist with many years’ experience of playing for singers and instrumentalists. He works as a piano accompanist in the Vocal Department at Birmingham Conservatoire and is assistant organist at St Alban’s Church, Highgate, Birmingham.

The Programme:

Vaughan Williams – Linden Lea (W.Barnes)

Vaughan Williams – Songs of Travel (R.L.Stephenson):
The Vagabond
Let Beauty awake
The roadside fire
Whither must I wander
Bright is the ring of words

Cats!…

Barber – The Monk and his Cat (Anon)
Britten – The Tyger (W.Blake)
Hely-Hutchinson – The Owl and the Pussy Cat (E.Lear)
Copland – I bought me a Cat (Children’s Song)

Quilter – Now sleeps the crimson petal (Tennyson)

Songs of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann:
Slow train
A song of the weather
The Hippopotamus

Admission is free, with a retiring collection at the end of the concert.
Berry’s Coffee House will provide tea, coffee and home-made biscuits after the concert, with proceeds going to Mayfair.
The full programme is available as a PDF here