Christmas Prequel Concert

Festive Recital at 
St Mary's Church
St Mary's Road, Ealing W5 5RH
7.30pm on Tuesday 4th December 2018


Mahler:         Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Strauss:        Four Songs Op.20
Strauss:        Befreit Op.39 No.4

Mozart:         Leporello’s Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Don Giovanni)

Lehár:           Duet from The Merry Widow

Gershwin:     Fascinating Rhythm and other songs
Gershwin:     Bess, You is My Woman Now (Porgy and Bess)


Gweneth-Ann Rand  (soprano)
Keel Watson             (bass-baritone)
Julian Gallant           (piano)

Click here for our Box Office:  tickets available at £12 (with concessions for seniors, students and under 11s)

Gweneth-Ann Rand and Keel Watson are well known artists on the London opera scene, both being Principal Artists with ENO. Here in Ealing, they were the stars of a brilliant concert performance of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess given by the Ealing Symphony Orchestra during the Ealing Music and Film Festival in February 2018.

Soprano Gweneth-Ann represented England in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, then went on to make her BBC Proms debut in Serenade to Music. She has since sung a wide range of roles at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Theater Bremen, Theater Erfurt, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and many other houses. She’s as comfortable in Verdi and Wagner as she is in Janaček, Gershwin and experimental repertoire like Philip Venables’ adaptation of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis. Gwen has made acclaimed recordings of Messiaen’s Harawi and Poèmes pour mi.


Bass-baritone Keel Watson has also acquired an enormous repertoire and is one of few opera singers to have played an orchestral instrument, the trombone, to top professional standard. You’d recently have seen him in roles as diverse as Doctor Bartolo (Marriage of Figaro/ENO): Usher (Trial By Jury/BBC Proms) King Sharyati (Suknaya/ Royal Opera House) and Holländer (Der flegende Holländer/Fulham Opera. He has also made a film career and is often in demand in contemporary opera; next up he is Aye in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten at English National Opera.


Julian Gallant, Artistic Director of the Ealing Music and Film Festival, is a well-known pianist, composer and broadcaster. He read music at Oxford University then studied the piano with the late Achille Colassis, a pupil of Gieseking. Since his début recital at St John's Smith Square in 1992, Julian has performed with a number of different ensembles including the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Oxford Philomusica, Moscow Philharmonic, Kiev Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Virtuosi.