Oliver Gooch

Sunday 12th March at 3.00pm


Crispin Lewis – baritone
Linden Innes-Hopkins – pianist

Arise ye Subterranean Winds
Als Luise die Briefe, K520
Blow, blow thou Winter Wind
When Icicles hang by the Wallll Sposa son disprezzata
Leave me Loathsome Light
More Sweet is that Name
        (from Semele)
Ma rendi, pur contento
Sea Fever
Sposa son disprezzata
Fear No More the Heat o’the Sun
Fear No More the Heat o’the Sun

Sposa son disprezzata
Songs of Travel

Henry Purcell
Als Luise die Briefe, Thomas Arne
disprezzatan disprezzata
G. F. Handel
Miss egrets
John Ireland
Miss Otis regrets
Roger Quilter
Gerald Finzi

Sposa son
Vaughan Williams

                The Vagabond
                Let Beauty Awake
                The Roadside Fire
                Youth and Love
                In Dreams
                The Infinite Shining Heavens
                Whither Must I Wander
                Bright is the Ring of Words
                I have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope

- A Retiring Collection will be taken -

Crispin Lewis performs regularly as a solo singer, giving numerous solo recitals, singing opera roles and is the regular soloist for several choral societies. Staged opera roles which he will perform this year include the eponymous role in Mozart's Nozze di Figaro; Leporello in Don Giovanni; and Sid in Albert Herring. He began his musical life as a violinist. Following postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music he went on to study conducting and singing. He founded his own early music vocal and instrumental ensemble, which he directs regularly at venues including Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, the Purcell Room, the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, Kings Place Hall One, and in several live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. He is also the conductor of three choral societies and has conducted many symphony orchestras and opera productions.

Linden Innes-Hopkins is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied both the organ and the piano. Her piano teacher was Stephen Savage, who was unfailingly encouraging while also challenging her to tackle more demanding repertoire. During her time as a student, Linden gained the diploma of Associate of the RCM in piano teaching.

Linden’s primary instrument is the organ, but she has always enjoyed and been involved in piano teaching. She has taught the piano at a number of schools, including Charterhouse (Surrey) and Queenswood (Hertfordshire). Since 1985, Linden has developed, alongside her work in schools, a thriving piano studio within her St Albans home, working with both children and adults. For many years Linden was the music specialist teacher at St Peter’s JMI school in St Albans, raising the standard of music-making in the school significantly. Her association with St Albans’ primary schools continues, however, in her role as accompanist to the primary schools festival concerts in the Alban Arena, which take place every year in March.

Accompanying choirs is a particular joy for Linden. She has been accompanist for a number of choirs, notably the Guildford Philharmonic Choir (at that time conducted by the eminent British conductor, Vernon Handley) and the St Albans Bach Choir. She is currently accompanist to the Luton Choral Society and to Gloriana, a newly-formed choir of women’s voices. Linden has also worked as repetiteur to operatic companies, most recently St Albans Chamber Opera.

In 2010 Linden graduated from the University of Reading, following a four-year part-time course of study, with a Master’s degree in ‘Music Teaching in Instrumental Practice’. The course gave her the opportunity of reflecting on teaching principles and strategies, enabling the emergence and development of new and more vibrant approaches to her teaching.

In her spare time, Linden enjoys walking, especially in the hills of northern England. Last year she went hiking for two weeks in the Canadian Rockies and is planning a similar vacation this summer, but in Europe. She has three daughters, all of whom are active in the classical music world.