Date: Saturday 9 November 2019

Time: 7.30pm


Join Julian Godlee (Bass-Baritone) and Anna Tilbrook (Piano) in the Lady Chapel of the Abbey for a recital including two of music’s great song cycles:

Gerald Finzi’s ‘Earth and Air and Rain’ – ten masterful settings of poems by Thomas Hardy, including ‘Lizbie Brown’ and Rollicum Rorum’

And Robert Schumann’s timeless cycle ‘Dichterliebe’ – settings of poems by Heinrich Heine.

The concert will start with three songs by Purcell including ‘If Music Be the Food of Love’


Julian Godlee is well known to St Albans concert goers through his frequent solo recitals, as well as larger works performed with the ten-voiced Brocket Consort.

He was head chorister at Kings College Cambridge, under Sir David Willcocks, and studied with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Jeremy White and Gavin Carr. He has sung nationally and internationally with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Cambridge Chamber Choir and the Taverner Consort.

He has performed as soloist in the Royal Albert Hall, and on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio2, Classic FM and BBC Television.

His six solo CD Recordings with Cambridge Records and Nigel Yandell (piano) and Herre Jan Stegenga (cello) have included cycles by Schubert, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Finzi, as well as collections of English Song, and a double CD titled ‘Jazz Songs for Gentle Bass’

Recent retirement after 30 years as a St Albans GP has allowed renewed focus on his long held love of English and German song.


Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain’s most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe’s major concert halls and festivals.

Anna has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including James Gilchrist, Barbara Hannigan, Willard White, Ashley Riches, Chris Maltman, Ian Bostridge, Barbara Bonney, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Natalie Clein, Nick Daniel and Guy Johnston. For Welsh National Opera she has accompanied Angela Gheorghiu, Jose Carreras and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts.

With the distinguished British tenor James Gilchrist she has made acclaimed recordings of 20th-century English song for Linn records, including Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge (a finalist in the Gramophone Awards 2008), the cycles for tenor and piano by Gerald Finzi, songs by Britten and Leighton and the song cycles of Robert Schumann.

With String Quartets such as the Carducci, Fitzwilliam, Elias, Coull, Barbirolli and Sacconi, she has performed a wide range of chamber music from Mozart’s Piano Concertos K414 and K415 to the Piano Quartets and Quintets of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Shostakovich, Brahms, Elgar, Bridge and Fauré.

Recent engagements have included her Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam debut with Lucy Crowe, recitals in Carnegie Hall, New York, Wigmore Hall, and appearances at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Oxford Lieder and West Cork Chamber Music Festivals.

Born in Hertfordshire, Anna studied music at York University and at the Royal Academy of Music with Julius Drake, where she was awarded a Fellowship and in 2009 became an Associate. She also won many major international accompaniment prizes including the AESS Bluthner prize and the award for an outstanding woman musician from the ROSL. 



Standard £24

No Concessions


Wheelchair spaces and carer discounts can only be booked through the Box Office on 01727 890290.


This recital is being held in the Lady Chapel. Doors will open 30 minutes before concert starts. There is an interval of 20 minutes during this performance.