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.27

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

Puccini:        Musetta's waltz song "Quando m'en vo" (La Bohème)

Lehár:           Duet Lippen schweigen (The Merry Widow)

Gershwin:     Fascinatin' Rhythm (arr. Julian Gallant)
Gershwin:     Love is Here to Stay
Gershwin:     Bess, You is My Woman Now (Porgy and Bess)


Susan Young            (soprano)
Keel Watson             (bass-baritone)
Julian Gallant           (piano)

Gweneth-Ann Rand is now unfortunately unable to take part in this concert.
Her close friend and colleague Susan Young will be singing in her place.


Online seat reservations for this event are now closed; please still come as places are available

Keel Watson is a well known local Ealing artist on the London opera scene, being a Principal Artist with ENO. He was a star 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. For this prequel concert, we originally planned that he would sing with Gweneth-Ann Rand, but she is now unfortunately unable to take past in this concert, her place being taken by Susan Young.

Susan Young is a versatile and accomplished singer. She has developed a growing reputation in the field of contemporary opera and as a champion of neglected works. For English National Opera, she created the role of Wife in the world premiere of Tansy Davies' award winning Between Worlds. Also, for ENO, Susan has worked on The Passenger (Weinberg), Peter Grimes (Britten) and Powder Her Face (Ades). Other key roles include Micaë​la (Carmen), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and Silvia (Zanetto) amongst many others.


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.