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James Gaughan, baritone & Matthew Collins, piano
James Gaughan, baritone & Matthew Collins, piano

Thu, 15 Oct


Howdenshire Music Project Facebook/YouTube

James Gaughan, baritone & Matthew Collins, piano

Exciting young baritone who has recently appeared in recital at Southwell Minster, Wakefield Cathedral, Hexham Abbey and the National Centre for Early Music. James's programme will include works by Debussy, Elgar, Schubert and Schumann.

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Time & Location

15 Oct 2020, 13:00 – 14:00

Howdenshire Music Project Facebook/YouTube

About the Event

This concert will be broadcast online on Thursday 15 October at 1pm at on the 'Howdenshire Music Project' channels on YouTube and Facebook:

The concert will remain available to watch on these channels afterwards.



Widmung (Myrthen, Op.25, No.1)

text: Friedrich Rückert [1788-1866] music: Robert Schumann [1810-56]

Schlafloser Augen Leuchte (Two Romances, WoO 4)

text: George Gordon, Lord Byron [1788-1824], trans: Anon, music: Felix Mendelssohn [1809-47]

Der Lindenbaum (Winterreise, D.911, No.5)

text: Wilhelm Müller [1794-1827] music: Franz Schubert [1797-1828]

Wehe so wilst du mich wieder (Lieder und Gesänge, Op.32, No.5)

text: August von Platen [1796-1835] music: Johannes Brahms [1833-97]

It is enough (Elijah, Op.70)

text: 1 Kings 19.4,10, Job 7.16 music: Felix Mendelssohn [1809-47]

Piano solo:

Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque, CD.82, No.3)

based on a poem by Paul Verlaine [1844-96] music: Claude Debussy [1862-1918]

La Mer est plus belle (Trois mélodies de Verlaine, CD.85, No.1)

text: Paul Verlaine [1844-96] music: Claude Debussy [1862-1918]

Le papillon et la fleur (Op.1, No.1)

text: Victor Hugo [1802-85] music: Gabriel Fauré [1845-1924]

L’île inconnue (Les nuits d’été, Op.7, No.6)

text: Théophile Gautier [1811-72] music: Hector Berlioz [1803-69]

The Roadside Fire (Songs of Travel, No.3)

text: Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-94] music: Ralph Vaughan Williams [1872-1958]

Sabbath Morning at Sea (Sea Pictures, No.3)

text: Elizabeth Barratt Browning [1806-61] music: Edward Elgar [1857-1934]

In Summertime on Bredon

text: A. E. Houseman [1859-1936] music: Graham Peel [1877-1937]

For the mountains shall depart (Elijah, Op.70) – Felix Mendelssohn [1809-47]

text: Isaiah 54.20 music: Felix Mendelssohn [1809-47]


This concert will feature a FEURICH Model 218 grand piano which has been generously loaned to the Howdenshire Music Project for the rest of this year's concert series by the FEURICH piano company in Vienna. Our previous piano (100+ years old and on loan) is in very poor condition and so we are raising funds to acquire a new permanent instrument to serve our local community and audiences for many years to come. Our aim is to purchase outright the wonderful FEURICH piano used in this and the rest of this year's concerts. To this end, we have launched the Howdenshire Grand Piano Appeal.

Any donations towards the Howdenshire Grand Piano Appeal would be very gratefully received. You can donate online at:

Or if you would prefer to donate via cheque, please send a cheque payable to 'Howdenshire Music Project' to 15 Kensington Gardens, Howden, East Yorkshire, DN14 7JN.


James Gaughan specialises in song and concert repertoire and studies with baritone Michael de Costa. He has performed as a recitalist throughout the region, including at Southwell Minster, Derby, Lincoln, Sheffield, Wakefield Cathedrals, and recently gave a solo recital in the National Centre for Early Music in York.

In 2016 James won rose bowls at the Huddersfield (Mrs Sunderland) and Rothwell Festivals, along with the Victor Ludorum Shield for Singing. Recent oratorio performances include Elijah (Mendelssohn), Stabat Mater (Astorga), Cantata 140 (Bach), Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Requiem (Faure) and Israel in Egypt (Handel).


Matthew Collins graduated from the University of York with a Masters degree in Vocal Studies, specialising in accompaniment. While studying in Cornwall with Paul Comeau, Matthew participated in masterclasses with international concert pianists Leslie Howard, Pascal Rogé and Piers Lane. He studied the organ with Christopher Gray (Truro Cathedral) and Roger Tebbet (Selby Abbey) and was appointed Director of Music at Howden Minster in 2009.

Oratorio credits as director or accompanist include Messiah, Stabat Mater (Poulenc), Requiem (Fauré, Duruflé and Rutter), The Crucifixion, Christmas Oratorio (Saint-Saëns), Magnificat (Rutter), The Redeemer (Shaw), and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini). Matthew has also sung in the many of the country’s major cathedrals as a member of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir and the RSCM Chamber Choir.

In addition to his church and choral work, Matthew works as a freelance accompanist for singers and instrumentalists, and is Head of Music at the De Costa Academy of Singing, York, accompanying several operas in concert, including Il trovatore, Carmen, Aida, Nabucco and Rigoletto. As founder of Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company, Matthew directed the majority of the G&S canon before handing over the baton in 2016.

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