A recital of art song by Black British & American composers with soprano Maita Robinson

Maita on the North Bristol Art Trail

Gifted singer and St. Andrew’s resident, Maita Robinson returns to St Stephen’s to resume her annual concert programme with a new set of songs, this time accompanied by Stephen Kings on the piano. 

Maita will perform works by British and American black classical composers reviving hidden art song gems created by Margaret Bonds, Elizabeth Boykin, Errollyn Wallen, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Florence B Price. Some of these composers have set their music to the poetry of female and black writers such as Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes.

The concert programme is designed to showcase these rare and infrequently performed pieces.  Maita has a keen interest in bringing forward overlooked and/or suppressed composers, with their unique blending of music and poetry. She recognises the central role the poetry plays in the listeners’ enjoyment of art songs and the programme notes will reflect this by giving equal prominence to composer and poet

The prominence Bristol’s ancient harbourside church of St Stephen’s provides a backdrop to this recital programme. As a place of worship for the mariners of Bristol, some of whom would have been involved in the slave trade, and, within a stone’s throw the now empty plinth of the toppled Colston statue, this historic building is a fitting venue for Maita’s recital.

Maita Robinson grew up in Seattle, USA. She discovered her singing voice in the second half of her life when, serendipitously, she joined People of Note, a Bristol community choir. She then had the good fortune to meet and become a student of international voice teacher and coach Michael Harper, growing subsequently as a solo singer. She is also she is a popular and sought-after maker of unique art cards.

Bristol based Steven Kings has performed around the country as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He is in constant demand as an accompanist to choirs, vocal soloists, and instrumentalists, and has worked regularly as an official accompanist at Bristol University and the Bristol Music Festival, as well as being a familiar contributor to the St George’s MiniBeats series of performances for children.

The performance takes place on Saturday 2 April, 3.00 to 3.45pm at St Stephen’s Church, 21 St Stephen’s St, Bristol, BS1 1EQ.

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