A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

for medium voice and piano
Commissioned by Jennifer Johnston
Released on Rubicon Classics

Commissioned by award-winning mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston for her album "A Love Letter to Liverpool", this arrangement of Manning Sherwin's classic "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" features alongside works from several other Liverpudlian composers including Stephen Hough, Mark Simpson and Richard Miller.

Described as "a fierce, big-hearted and atmospheric tribute to Johnston’s home city" by The Observer, and "a beauty" by The Sunday Times, the album reached top-20 in the charts within the first week of release, and includes several chart-topping releases.

The arrangement is for mezzo-soprano (or medium voice) and piano, and tries to maintain the charming character of the original version, while implementing some of my own musical interests.

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Monday 30th September, 2019
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
A Love Letter to Liverpool - CD Launch Event

Mezzo-Soprano: Jennifer Johnston
Piano: Alisdair Hogarth


Sunday 29th September, 2019
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
A Love Letter to Liverpool - CD Launch Event (World Premiere)

Mezzo-Soprano: Jennifer Johnston
Piano: Alisdair Hogarth

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by Vera Lynn

That certain night
The night we met
There was magic abroad in the air
There were angels dining at the Ritz
And a nightingale sang in Berkeley square

I may be right I may be wrong
But I'm perfectly willing to swear
That when you turned and smiled at me
A nightingale sang in Berkeley square

The moon that lingered over London town
Poor puzzled moon he wore a frown
How could he know we two were so in love
The whole damned world seemed upside down

The streets of town were paved with stars
It was such a romantic affair
And as we kissed and said goodnight
A nightingale sang in Berkeley square

Recorded by Jennifer Johnston and Alisdair Hogarth, June 2019.
Recording © Rubicon Classics 2019. All rights reserved.

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