Papagena: Nuns and Roses


FREE, booking required

Flory Jagoda arr. Suzzie Vango Hamisha asar
Trad. Armenian arr. Komitas Surp, ter zoruteanc
Hildegard of Bingen O virtus sapientiae
English 15th Century Bodleian MS Nowell, tidings true there be come new
Trad. Norwegian arr. Tone Krohn Det lisle banet
Trad. Ukrainian Lullaby arr. Sarah Tenant-Flowers Oy khodyt son
Don Macdonald Moonset
Alessandro Scarlatti Cor mio
Libby Larsen Jack’s valentine
Caroline Shaw Dolce cantavi
Guns N’Roses arr. Suzzie Vango Sweet child o’ mine
Imogen Heap arr. Sarah Tenant-Flowers Hide and Seek
Henry Purcell arr. Gunnar Eriksson Music for a while
Jim Clements The woman’s ‘If’
Elizabeth Drury soprano
Imogen Russell soprano
Suzzie Vango soprano
Shivani Rattan alto
Suzie Purkis alto

No props, microphones or gimmicks, just five stunning female voices form Papagena, whose members have worked with the UK’s leading ensembles including The Sixteen, VOCES8 and Tenebrae. Weaving together classical music, medieval chants, folk and contemporary ballads and new commissions from around the world, Papagena’s refreshing programming defies pigeonholing. The group has performed throughout the UK, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, Scala Radio and Classic FM, and released its debut album in 2017.

Papagena’s diverse programme ranges from sacred medieval and Armenian hymns to lilting folk ballads and lullabies, from plainchant to Caroline Shaw and Sandy Denny. Throw into the mix Purcell, Scarlatti, contemporary mouth music from Canada, a comedic new commission and the group’s cover of Sweet Child ‘o Mine and you have Nuns and Roses, something for everyone!

This concert will last approximately 50 minutes. Part of the Lunchtime Concert Series.

Please note alto Sarah Tenant-Flowers is unable to perform at this concert so Suzie Purkis will be taking her place.

Open Masterclass

Following the lunchtime concert, Papagena will be leading a masterclass with Liverpool University Chamber Choir. Audience members are welcome to stay in the auditorium to listen in to the masterclass and also hear the University’s Chamber Choir in action.