Holly Teague and Michael Matthews: a recital featuring Shropshire Lass and other works

March 14, 2022

The Festival is delighted to welcome Holly Teague and Michael Matthews for a wonderful recital with a uniquely Shropshire flavour at Whitchurch’s Masonic Lodge.

An exciting and varied programme includes songs by Benjamin Britten, Thomas Campion, John Downland, John Teague and Joaquin Rodrigo. The duo will also present a new song cycle – Shropshire Lass, written for them by Martin Bussey. 

Shropshire-born soprano Holly Teague studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal College of Music and CNSMD in Paris. A versatile musician, her repertoire ranges from delicate 16th-century lute song to 21st-century layered voice and electronics. She is a regular soloist for symphonies, oratorio and sacred concerts, as well as gala evenings, recitals and new music projects. 

Michael Matthews’ expressive performances have placed him at the forefront of a new generation of guitarists. His work has been described as communicative and truly beautiful, bringing a new identity to traditional repertoire, as well as verve and dynamism to contemporary works. He has a First-Class Honours Degree in performance and performed in recitals, masterclasses and competitions across the country and abroad. 

The duo met in 2018 and started working together (online) during lockdown. 

Composer and conductor Martin Bussey directs the Chester Bach Singers and the Cantiones Choir in Oswestry and is a vocal tutor at Manchester University. He was a Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He ran aural, academic music and choral programmes at Chetham’s School of Music, where he taught from 1988 to 2013. His new cycle for Soprano and Guitar, Shropshire Lass, is based on the poetry of Mary Webb.

Festival Recital Programme

Benjamin Britten; Selections from Folksongs Volume 6

i. Master Kilby

ii. I will give my love an apple

iii. Soldier and Sailor 

Thomas Campion – The Cypress Curtain

John Dowland – Come Heavy Sleep 

John Teague – Three Miniatures for Randolph Caldecott

i. Where the bee sucks (The Tempest)

ii. Tell me where is fancy bred? (The Merchant of Venice)

iii. Pedlar’s Song (The Winter’s Tale

Joaquin Rodrigo – Tres Canciones Espanolas

i. En Jerez de la Frontera (The Miller’s Wife)

ii. Adela (Delia)

iii. De Ronda (Courting)

Martin Bussey – Shropshire Lass (Settings of Mary Webb)

i. Prologue (From “Dust”)

ii. Green Rain

iii. Alone

iv. Eros

v. Swallows

Benjamin Britten – Foggy Dew 

The recital takes place at 3.15pm at Whitchurch Masonic Lodge.