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The LESF celebrates & promotes the performance, composition and appreciation of English song through concerts & educational activities.
The LESF celebrates & promotes the performance, composition and appreciation of English song through concerts & educational activities.
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The London English Song Festival was founded in 2011 by British pianist William Vann to celebrate and promote the performance, composition and appreciation of English song through concerts and educational activities.

The 2014 LESF is bigger, better and even more thrilling than before:

  • Four thrilling, unique recitals of English song by world-renowned singers and up-and-coming stars of the future: Ann Murray DBE, Allan Clayton (“a great British singer who deserves to be championed” – The Times) and the Navarra Quartet perform alongside Alessandro Fisher, Katie Bray, Johnny Herford, Alexander Sprague and Gareth John, all prize-winning and acclaimed young musicians.

  • The recitals take place in the musically renowned venues of St James's, Piccadilly and St George's, Hanover Square. They include a 60th birthday concert for Judith Weir CBE, one of the finest contemporary British composers and a concert to commemorate the composers who fought through, or died in the First World War, in the year of its centenary.

  • Two pre-concert talks by Judith Weir herself and Professor Jeremy Dibble of Durham University provide an educational aspect to the festival by introducing the music to the audience and discussing the composers behind the songs.

  • A bring-a-song session on the middle Sunday will provide an opportunity for amateur singers to perform on the stage of the Forge, Camden, with the Artistic Director and pianist, William Vann.

  • Children and students can buy a ticket to any concert for just £5, heavily subsidised price.

  • At the same time, the LESF is becoming a registered charity,which will help it focus its work in the future, sign contracts where necessary, and formally employ its Administrator.

In order to do all this brilliant work, we need your help: the 2014 London English Song Festival is an exciting and ambitious project to be part of, and we hope that you can give generously, benefit from our rewards and come along to an exciting series of concerts!

William Vann, Founder and Artistic Director, LESF

Risks and challenges

The 2014 festival will take place between 5 and 11 June with events as on the website www.londonenglishsongfestival.org. The main challenge therefore will be to set up the LESF as a charity in accordance with UK charity law. However, we have the advice of Christopher Gorman, previously Treasurer of the Lennox Berkeley Society and expert on setting up charities, as well as an excellent body of trustees on hand and so no major problems are envisaged.

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    A 2014 LESF festival programme signed by the artists.

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    You are an LESF friend for the 2014 season: this includes admission to all four recitals, the privilege of reserved seating, a 2014 LESF festival programme signed by the artists, advance notice of future LESF projects with priority booking and a LESF Friends' drinks reception at a date to be confirmed.

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    All the benefits of being a friend, plus a complimentary recital in a venue of your choice with one of the singers appearing in the 2014 LESF accompanied by William Vann (excludes artists appearing on 5 & 11 June, date depends on availability, acceptable piano provided, travel payable).

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