Helen Charlston and Pawel Siwczak
Online Concert

Helen Charlston mezzo
Pawel Siwczak harpsichord

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PREVIEW: Sing on, sing on!

A recital of 17-century songs

Duration approx. 20 min

Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)

If music be the food of love

Barbara Strozzi (1619 – 1677)

La Travagliata

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)

Voglio di vita uscir

Henry Purcell

Evening Hymn


Additional content available in full concert later:

Henry Purcell – The cares of lovers
Claudio Monteverdi – Si dolce tormento
Barbara Strozzi – L’eraclito Amoroso
Artists’ conversation about the music
Programme notes

No more than ever do we need music: the food of love, as Shakespeare so eloquently put it. As musicians we are called on to sing and play through joy and love to fear and despair. We follow this call to arms through music of the baroque by Henry Purcell, Barbara Strozzi and Claudio Monteverdi.

The Artists

Helen Charlston

Helen Charlston


Pawel Siwczak

Pawel Siwczak

harpsichordist, fortepianist

Helen Charlston

Hailed “a rather special mezzo” (Music Web International), Helen is a young artist increasingly in demand in the UK and abroad.
Recent concert highlights include debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Handel Messiah/Stephen Layton), Royal Northern Sinfonia (Mendelssohn Lobgesang/Paul McCreesh) and at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona (Bach Matthew Passion/Gabrieli Consort and Players); a worldwide tour of Handel Messiah with the Seattle Symphony, the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; performances as part of Barbican Sound Unbound 2019 and solo recitals at York Early Music Festival, London Handel Festival, Händel-festspiele Halle, Korčula Baroque Festival, Leicester International Music Festival and Fitzrovia Festival.

Helen won First Prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition, was a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for 2017-19 and is a 2018 City Music Foundation Artist.

Pawel Siwczak

Pawel Siwczak is a Polish & British musician based in London. He has a passion for historical keyboards, especially harpsichord and fortepiano, which he studied extensively and continues to explore in his career. He is the winner of 8th Broadwood Harpsichord Competition and the Musica Britannica prize.
Pawel’s performances are diverse, ranging from solo recitals to conducting from the keyboard, and collaborations with orchestras and ensembles.
He thrives working with other art disciplines: his project with a PC Music artist Danny Harle was featured by BBC Radio among “Five of the BBC’s weirdest live sessions ever”, a concise summary of Pawel’s experimental spirit combined with traditional classical training.
He is a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music and a director of Bach Club.
Pawel puts emphasis on the storytelling power of the language of music; the sheer ability to communicate expressively with the audience is key to him.

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