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16 July 2024
Under the Greenwood Tree: Songs of Love and Nature

Jake Barlow (countertenor)
Stella Pendrous (piano)
Mark Hartt-Palmer (violin)

A beautiful and mood-filled programme of modern English, French and American art songs, this CD includes song cycles from Roger Quilter, Gerald Finzi, Francis Poulenc and Michael Tippett, as well as Herbert Howells' masterpiece King David. Also featured is the world première recording of White Bee, a song by the award-winning contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall. Accompanied by Stella Pendrous (piano) and Mark Hartt-Palmer (violin), this is a recording not to be missed.


Roger Quilter: Five Shakespeare Songs, Op.23 I. Fear no more the heat o' the sun II. Under the greenwood tree III. It was a lover and his lass IV. Take, O take those lips away V. Hey, ho, the wind and the rain

Herbert Howells: King David Samuel Barber: Sure on this shining night, Op.13 No.3

Michael Tippett: Songs for Ariel I. Come unto these yellow sands II. Full fathom five III. Where the bee sucks

Gabriel Fauré Automne, Op.18 No.3 Clair de lune, Op.46 No.2 Les berceaux, Op.23 No.1

Francis Poulenc: Le bestiaire, ou Cortège d'Orphée I. Le dromadaire II. La chèvre du Thibet III. La sauterelle IV. Le dauphin V. L'écrevisse VI. La carpe

Benjamin Britten: I know a bank where the wild thyme blows Cecilia McDowall: White Bee

Gerald Finzi: Let us garlands bring, Op.18 I. Come away, death II. Who is Silvia? III. Fear no more the heat o' the sun IV. O mistress mine V. It was a lover and his lass

Recorded in St Mary's Church, Penzance, Cornwall, UK on 9th, 11thTRUE3th February 2015
Front Cover: "On the Teign", watercolour by A T Cole (1891)
Recording Engineers: Mark Hartt-Palmer & John Balsdon
Recording Production: John Balsdon & Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 61.32
Release Date: December 2016

Jake Barlow (countertenor)Described as being “impressive” and an “excellent performer” possessed of a “very fine instrument” and “remarkable gift”, countertenor Jake Barlow was born and educated in Stockport, and read for a degree in Literae Humaniores as a Choral Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford, where he also sang with groups including the renowned Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and the choirs of Merton College and Magdalen College. Following this he took up a Choral Scholarship at Truro Cathedral.

A committed recitalist, he has performed in the Jacqueline du Pré concert hall in Oxford, as well as for various prestigious recital series including those of the New Chamber Opera and the Christ Church Arts Festival as a guest artist, in addition to successful solo tours in the UK. He has also made recital appearances in Belgium and Hungary.

His concert and opera repertoire continues to expand, and appearances include J.S.Bach’s Johannes-Passion, Matthäus-Passion, Magnificat and Mass in B-Minor, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem (at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford), Buxtehüde’s Membra Jesu Nostri, and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen. As a soloist, he has worked alongside groups such as the Amadeus Orchestra, Duchy Opera, Hieronymus, Isleworth Baroque, and the BBC Philharmonic.

He studied with Nicholas Clapton and Carys Lane, and has participated in masterclasses with James Bowman, Mark Rowlinson, and John Treleaven.

In addition to performing, Jake works as a conductor and choir trainer, as well as maintaining his own private teaching practice.


Stella Pendrous (piano)Stella studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the University of Cambridge, where she read English. Aged nineteen, she was awarded a Première Prix with Distinction from the Conservatoire of Gennevilliers, Paris. Her teachers have included Alicja Fiderkiewicz, Joyce Rathbone, Valeria Szervanskzy and Ferenc Rados.

Hailed by critics as a “genuinely exciting performer” with a “prodigious technique allied to great musicality, whose playing evinces a “quite extraordinary array of colours and textures”, she has given solo and concerto performances in venues including the Purcell Room, Cheltenham Town Hall, and music festivals throughout the British Isles.

A versatile artist, Stella has toured Europe as ‘silent-movie pianist’ with the Bash Street Theatre Company and has also worked as pianist for the Richard Alston Dance Company.

Originally from Carlisle, she has returned there to perform by invitation on many occasions. Now based in Penzance, Cornwall, Stella enjoys a varied musical life combining teaching with solo performances and is much in demand as an accompanist, recitalist and duo partner.

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