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In Voice and Verse - Shakespeare in Song

  • The Ascension Church Timbercroft Lane, London SE18 2SG United Kingdom (map)

A captivating programme of glorious song settings from across the centuries which illuminate Shakespeare's own words.

Belinda Yates (soprano)
Lance Pierson (actor)
and Heather Chamberlain (piano)

The Trio present a 1 hour musical journey through some of the finest vocal settings, interspersed with spoken excerpts, all using Shakespeare's original texts. Composers include the 17th & 18th century masters Pelham Humfrey and Thomas Arne; the great Arthur Sullivan, Rossini and Ivor Gurney. From our own era we offer illuminating pieces by Madeleine Dring and Richard Stoker.


Belinda Yates GRSM ARCM (Soprano)


Belinda studied at the Royal College of Music and since then has given many performances as a soloist, in recital, opera and with chamber choir. She was awarded a Young Artists Platform BBC recital and has performed abroad for the British Council. Belinda appears as a soloist on a number of classical CDs with music ranging from Purcell to Poulenc. 

As a regular member of the Monteverdi Choir, her opera experience includes a memorable production of “The Trojans” by Berlioz in Paris conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She toured the Far East performing Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” and in has sung in New York & California. Recent projects include work with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, with concerts in France and at the BBC Proms planned for this year. 

She performs regularly with her accompanist Heather Chamberlain in recital, and together with Lance Pierson, they are enjoying increasing success with their “In Voice and Verse” performances. 

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Lance Pierson MA. Dip Theol (Actor)


Lance is an actor and professional poetry performer who has been entertaining audiences across the country for the last 14 years. As a lifelong poetry-lover Lance aims to take published poetry off the page and bring it to life. He has performed light-hearted entertainments and biographies of famous poets at venues from the Victoria and Albert Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral to the Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

His biographical shows cover the lives and work of George Herbert, William Cowper, Gerald Manley Hopkins and John Betjeman. He also regularly leads guided walks around poetry sites in London. 

Poetry is only one of the “worlds” in which Lance is involved. He also offers one-man shows of sketches, stories and poems to churches and a variety of groups as an alternative to a speaker. 

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Heather Chamberlain LRAM ARCM LTCL (Pianist)


Heather studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly (piano), Georgina Dobree (clarinet) and Wilfrid Parry (chamber music). She has enjoyed a varied career as accompanist, instrumental and class music teacher, chamber music coach, amateur singer, conductor, freelance organist and director of music at several North London churches. 

She has collaborated with soprano, Belinda Yates, in several recitals and interesting projects such as the launch of the Shakespeare Collection, the 400th anniversaries of the poets Edmund Waller and John Milton, verse and music entertainments at dinners and parties, as well as recording a number of CDs. Other innovative ideas for “anniversary” programmes with Belinda and Lance are being planned and developed. 

Heather works regularly with violinist, Miranda Walton, and pianist, Luisa Valmori-Sen, with whom she has enjoyed exploring a wide and varied repertoire. 

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