A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

  • commissioned by Jennifer Johnston, while Artist in Residence at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, for her debut album “A Love Letter to Liverpool” (released on Rubicon Classics, 2019)
  • based on the original by Manning Sherwin
  • arranged for mezzo-soprano (or medium voice) and piano

Programme Note

The long-awaited debut solo album of one of the UK’s brightest classical music stars, ‘A Love Letter To Liverpool’ is Jennifer Johnston’s heartfelt tribute to her home city, with piano accompaniment from Alisdair Hogarth.

Jennifer is Artist in Residence with the world-renowned Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra until the end of 2020, who appear on the disc alongside their Choir and the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company. The disc was recorded at the Friary and the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool and will be released by Rubicon Classics.

Jennifer Johnston comments: “I am thrilled that my debut album is a tribute to my home city, its music and its people. I am proud to be a Scouser, and still make Liverpool my home, so becoming Artist in Residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is a huge honour.”

All profits from the album will be donated equally to two outstanding charitable organisations: Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Charity supports the work of one of the world’s leading specialist children’s hospitals, and money raised by the album will contribute to the construction of a critically important in-patient mental health unit for under-13’s; and the Liverpool Phil’s Youth Company, which encourages the development of the next generation of young musicians and composers from across Merseyside. Jennifer is especially proud that this album contains the works of seven of the Liverpool Phil’s young composers, all of whom are at the beginning of their careers. Jennifer gratefully acknowledges the support of the album’s principal sponsors; Simon Yates & Kevin Roon, the Rushworth Foundation and Amion Consulting.


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Monday 30th September, 2019
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
“A Lover Letter to Liverpool”

Voice: Jennifer Johnston
Piano: Alisdair Hogarth


Sunday 29th September, 2019
Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
“A Love Letter to Liverpool”

Voice: Jennifer Johnston
Piano: Alisdair Hogarth

Studio recording, released by Rubicon Classics (September 2019).

Available on your chosen streaming platform.

Voice: 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

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