Music In The Strand

We are delighted to invite you to an evening recital of music associated with The Strand on 5th March 2020 from 7pm featuring tenor soloist Brad Cooper and Anthony Legge, who will be accompanying him on the piano. This is a special opportunity to see inside St Mary le Strand, which was built in 1714 to the designs of the great architect James Gibbs and isn't often open to the public.

The programme of music will feature:

Roger Quilter - Love’s Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 , When daffodils begin to peer, 4 Shakespeare Songs, Op. 30 No. 2 , Blow, blow, thou winter wind, 3 Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6 No. 3

Henry Purcell - Fairest Isle (King Arthur, Z. 628) arr. Britten

Benjamin Britten - The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35: No. 5: What If This Present Were the World's Last Night? , No. 6: Since She Whom I Love Hath Pay’d Her Last Debt , No. 7: At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners , No. 8: Thou Hast Made Me, and Shall Thy Work Decay?

Georg Frederick Handel - Comfort ye, my people… Every valley shall be exalted (Messiah)

Ivor Novello - Shine Through My Dreams (Glamorous Night)

Noël Coward - Uncle Harry

Lerner & Loewe - The Lusty Month of May (Camelot)

Benjamin Britten - Cradle Song for Eleanor

Ivor Novello - We’ll Gather Lilacs (Perchance to Dream)


Brad Cooper - Tenor Australian tenor, Brad Cooper is a dynamic performer, equally excited to engage in Opera, Art Song & Kabarett. Brad has performed in some inspirational International venues including Sydney Opera House for Opera Australia, London Coliseum for ENO & Palace of Versailles for Opéra Comique. Career highlights include Radames in Aida throughout China, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte & Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Oper Köln, Tamino for Opera Australia & English Touring Opera, Albert Herring for Opera Australia, Davey in Jonathan Dove’s Siren Song for Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, creating the role of Clem in Misha Hamel’s Snow White for Nederlandse Reisopera, Handel’s Saul & Beethoven’s Ode to Joy for Philharmonia Choirs at Sydney Opera House, Britten’s St Nicolas at Newcastle Music Festival & Messiah at Sydney Town Hall and singing alongside Anna Netrebko in Moscow.

Anthony Legge - Piano Anthony Legge has worked regularly with the principal British opera companies, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Australia, many European opera companies and at Bayreuth, where he assisted on the Kupfer-Barenboim Ring cycle for five years and a new production of Die Meistersinger. He was Head of Music at English National Opera for 14 years where he conducted performances of Dido and Aeneas, Orpheus and Eurydice, Lulu, and Alcina. He has spent the last eight years as Associate Music Director of Opera Australia in Sydney where he conducted much of the operatic repertoire and coached many international singers. He is now freelance and working with Bayreuth, Covent Garden and the London orchestras.


Date: Thursday 5th March 2020

Time: Bar and doors open at 7pm, recital begins at 8pm until 9pm

Price: Tickets are £15 eachl (plus Eventbrite booking fee) Booking is essential. To book tickets please click here.

Ticket proceeds, collection and bar sales will be split between SAVE Britain’s Heritage (reg. charity number 269129) and the church of St Mary le Strand in support of protecting Britain’s historic environment.

SAVE Britain's Heritage is a charity that campaigns to protect historic buildings and landscapes and has played a significant part in protecting St Mary le Strand from harmful planning proposals.