David Owen Norris accompanies students from the Royal Northern College of Music in performances of thirty-six previously unrecorded songs. Filmed in Mrs. Gaskell’s Drawing Room, the films which will be available to view here, will be posted half a dozen at a time on Sundays between November 22nd (St. Cecilia’s Day, the day on which Sullivan died in 1900) and Christmas.
The Chandos double CD Sir Arthur Sullivan Songs with Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson & Ashley Riches appeared in 2017 (available here). A further selection, with the same singers plus Kitty Whately, will appear on the Chandos label in May 2021. Those discs, coupled with the RNCM films, will present all Sullivan’s songs – a remarkable and astonishingly little-known repertoire by one of the greatest masters of vocal composition.