In July of 2021, we were delighted to host a special Holy Year recital at the prestigious venue of St James Piccadilly, with Mexican classical guitarist Morgan Szymanski, accompanied by soprano, Laura Mitchell to a socially distanced audience.

Photos: www.morganzsymanski.co.uk and www.laura-mitchell.com 

Morgan is a native of Mexico, he studied there as well as in Edinburgh and London at the Royal College of Music, collecting a number of prizes and scholarships along the way, including first prize at the National Guitar Competition in Mexico. He has performed as a soloist in a huge number of countries, including several major music venues and festivals in the UK, such as the Royal Opera House, appearing with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, the Royal Northern Sinfornia and many more. He also gave an online lecture recital for the CSJ earlier this year from his home in the Mexican countryside alongside Ivan Moseley who gave a presentation on Mexican pilgrimage. You can read more about him at his website here.

And Laura graduated from the Benjamin Britten International Opera School and the National Opera Studio a year later.  She has performed all over the world with a wide range of companies amassing an extensive operatic repertoire. Most recently, she has performed Fiordiligi/Così fan Tutte for ETO, Pamina/The Magic Flute for Scottish Opera, Hero/Béatrice et Bénédict for WNO, and in a staged version of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, which began life in Berlin, then toured to the Bregenz Festival, the Opéra Comique in Paris, Dijon and other European cities between 2011-13. You can read more at her website here.

The programme featured music rooted in the Camino and the Spanish-speaking world, including:

  • Fernando Sor (1778-1839) Introduction and variations on a theme by Mozart (from The Magic Flute) (1821)
  • Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), transcribed Miguel Llobet Granada, from Suite Española No. 1 (1886)
  • Miguel Llobet Solés (1878-1938)  Tres Canciones Catalanas for guitar
    •             El Testament d´Amelia (Amelia’s Will)
    •             Canço del Lladre (Song of the Thief)
    •             El Noi de la Mare (Our Lady’s Child)
  • Manuel M. Ponce (arr. Mitchell/Szymanski) Estrellita (1914)

...plus many more!

The programme runs for 75 minutes in total.

You can purchase the recording by "booking" below, after which you'll receive an email with the link to watch it.

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