Song recitals make up a huge part of James Gilchrist’s career and are very close to his heart. His close collaboration with the pianist Anna Tilbrook has produced some extraordinary and imaginative programming, not to mention an ever expanding discography. The season opened for James and Anna with a recital at the Edinburgh International Festival, followed by recitals of Schumann’s Liederkreis op. 39 and Dichterliebe in Bristol and Manchester. The new year heralds a recital tour of Scotland and Northern England, followed by a programme celebrating the anniversary of Shakespeare at LSO St Luke’s. Also this year James has appeared at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Julius Drake, and will make his debut a DeSingel in Antwerp in a programme that includes ‘On Wenlock Edge’ and Ivor Gurney’s ‘Ludlow and Teme’ with Anna Tilbrook and the Doelen Quartet.
The end of the season is marked by the first concert in an exciting new project with the Wigmore Hall, which spans three years and involves combining Schumann’s two Liederkreis and Dichterliebe with three new commissions by leading British composers.