Geoffrey Bush Songs
SIMON WALLFISCH Born in London into a family of musicians, Simon began playing the cello aged 5 and went on to study cello and voice as a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music, during which time (2000-2006) he was awarded several prizes including from Royal Overseas League, Countess of Munster and English Speaking Union.
EDWARD RUSHTON studied piano (with Renna Kellaway) and composition at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, before going on to read Music at King's College, Cambridge and then composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 2001 he graduated with distinction from Irwin Gage's masterclass in Lied interpretation at the Zurich Conservatory.
“I was impressed by the clear, confident singing of Simon Wallfisch. Every word is defined; every nuance of the melody is presented with confidence and understanding. He has mastered the sentiment and literary detail and adapts perfectly his vocal style to the various moods of each song. His voice is controlled and never strained. Wallfisch makes an ideal artist for English song recitals. Edward Rushton provides a consistently sympathetic accompaniment to all these songs. The ambience of the recording is faultless and reflects the quality of the singing and playing. It is what one expects from Lyrita. This is an excellent exploration of Geoffrey Bush’s songs. Geoffrey Bush is a composer who demands reassessment. The compositions that I have heard suggest that there is much of value in his catalogue. The present CD is a hugely worthy contribution to this reappraisal and deserves every success." John France, musicweb-international.com