Jennie McGregor-Smith of Celebrating English Song writes:
"This is a very brief reminder that on 26th June we shall be lucky enough to hear Benjamin Appl at Tardebigge with Simon Lepper. Should you go to his own website www.benjaminappl.com and click on video you can hear him talking about his life as he became a singer. I'm particularly looking forward to hearing Ben's plan to juxtapose Ian Venables' songs with Gurney poetry and song.
Christopher Morley of The Birmingham Post reviewed Ben Appl's recent Birmingham Town Hall concert, giving it a seldom awarded five star appreciation. He particularly mentioned the song cycle by Nico Muhly which we are hearing at Tardebigge: ".... four of its five songs setting letters between soldiers and their loved ones during the First World War ..... Both probing and absorbing, this is a song-cycle worthy of repeated hearing .... Appl is already climbing the ladder to international stardom .... "
Ian Venables will be with us for the series, giving the pre-concert talk with his views about Finzi, but before that we shall be visited by members of Finzi Friends who will come for Stephen Banfield's talk Finzi and Modern Britain at 11.30, followed by lunch. All are welcome to the free talk, and to the lunch which needs to be booked beforehand."
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