Curated Projects


Temple Song

Artistic Director

Middle Temple Hall, the setting for a first-rate concert series, is one of those London spaces that would make a tourist swoon. With its suits of armour and coats-of-arms it seems the perfect setting for stirring songs of martial derring-do. “

Ivan Hewitt, The Daily Telegraph 2015

Over the last few years, since the inauguration of Temple Song in 2006, I have performed in the glorious Middle Temple Hall with an array of the best singers in the world, most of them discovering the hall for the first time.

Olaf Bär, Thomas Allen, Felicity Lott, Christoph Pregardien, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Sergei Leiferkus, Gerald Finley, Willard White, Robert Holl, Danielle De Niese, Ann Sofie Von Otter – they all say it is one of the very best acoustics for song they know, a wonderful place to sing.

Julius Drake
Artistic Director Temple Song

14 Feb 2019 – The Temple Church

Valentines Day Concert

Schumann and Brahms Liebeslieder

  • Gemma Summerfield
  • Fleur Barron
  • James Way
  • Julien van Mellaerts         

Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes op 52

Schumann Spanische Liebeslieder op 138 (part 1)


Schumann Spanische Liebeslieder op 138 (part 2)

Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes op 65


4 July 2019 – Middle Temple Hall

A Rachmaninov Love Story

  • Sofia Fomina, soprano
  • Roderick Williams, baritone
  • Julius Drake, piano

Julius Drake has assembled a collection of Rachmaninov’s unique romances to tell a love story in song. He is joined by two superb singers, the young Russian soprano Sofia Fomina and the British baritone, already a firm favourite at Temple Song, Roderick Williams.


7 May 2019 – The Temple Church

  • Barbara Kozelj soprano
  • Nicky Spence, tenor
  • Julius Drake, piano

The Diary of One who disappeared

The brilliant young Scottish tenor, Nicky Spence and Slovenian soprano, Barbara Kozelj join Julius Drake in a feast of great Czech masterpieces.

Dvorak Four Songs op 2 for mezzo and piano

Dvorak Gypsy Songs for tenor, mezzo and piano

Janacek Moravian Folksongs for tenor, mezzo and piano


Janacek Diary of One who disappeared for tenor, mezzo, piano and offstage chorus


25 November 2019 – Middle Temple Hall

  • Dame Sarah Connolly
  • Julius Drake, piano

One of today’s great singers returns to Middle Temple Hall.

Click here to download the January – July 2019 Temple Music brochure.

Machynlleth Festival, Wales

Artistic Director

“…This festival must rank as one of Wales’ great cultural assets” – Wales Arts Review

Julius Drake has been Artistic Director of the Machynlleth Festival since 2009, aiming both to celebrate the very best in Welsh traditional music, and to draw together some of the finest classical musicians from all over the world to make music in the superb acoustics of the Tabernacle.


Wednesday 21 August 2019

11am concert  Market Day Open Air Concert


5pm House Concert for Festival supporters

Camille Thomas plays Bach

7.30 pm Jazz Concert

Klezmer Band She’Koyokh

The versatile and prize winning band She’Koyokh comprises seven expert musicians playing klezmer and traditional music from the Balkans to Turkey.


‘playing the best klezmer and Balkan music in Britain’ (The Evening Standard)


Thursday 22 August 2019

1pm Lunchtime Concert

Jess Gillam, saxophone

Zeynep Ozsuca, piano

Two brilliant young artists, Jess Gillam and Zeynep Ozsuca, will light up the Tabernacle with music from the 18th century to the brand new, plus 20th century classics by Britten, Poulenc and  Bartok .


7.30 Evening Concert

Camille Thomas, cello

Julius Drake, piano

One of the brightest young talents of her generation, the French/Belgian cellist Camille Thomas joins Julius Drake for a concert featuring classics of the repertoire by Schumann, Brahms, Messiaen and Cesar Franck.

Schumann Fantasiestücke

Brahms Sonata in e-minor

Messiaen Louange à l’éternité de Jesus

Franck Sonata in A major


Friday 23 August 2019

Masterclass with Dame Anne Evans.

The Tannery 10.30 – 1pm/ 2 – 4.30 pm

One of the greatest dramatic sopranos of the last fifty years, Dame Anne Evans works with hand picked young singers from the Conservatoires, culminating in a concert in the Tabernacle at 5pm.


5pm Masterclass Concert


6pm Dame Anne Evans in conversation with Christopher Cook


7.30 Evening Concert

  • Marc Henri Hamelin, piano

One of the world’s greatest pianists makes his Machynlleth Festival debut with an inspiring programme that includes two of the greatest works for solo piano by Schubert and Schumann.

Herz, Henri: Variations on ‘Non più mesta’ from Rossini’s La Cenerentola

Bach, J.S: Sonata in E minor Wq 59 No. 1, H 281

Schubert: Wanderer-Fantasie


Liszt: Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude S173/3

Liszt: Réminiscences de Norma


10pm Late Night Concert by candlelight

The Welsh/Argentine Guitar Duo

  • Adam Kahn and Luis Orias Diz

Voyage to Patagonia 

Welsh guitarist Adam Kahn and Argentine guitarist Luis Orias Diz explore the story of Welsh settlers in Patagonia performing a candle lit concert that includes Tango’s from Buenos Aries and exciting works by Stephen Goss, Dafydd Bullock, Astor Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera.


Saturday 24 August 2019

1pm Lunchtime Concert

  • Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano
  • Steven Devine, harpsichord

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Barbara Strozzi’s birth, this captivating programme delves into the musical and personal lives of Strozzi and two of her main influences and contemporaries, Monteverdi and Carissimi.

From the exquisite, anguished lament for a lost, betrayed love in Strozzi’s “’L’Eraclito amoroso”, to Monteverdi’s sensual “Lettera amorosa”, and the fierce, indignant torment of Carissimi’s “Apritevi, inferni”, Elin explores the emotionally-charged, complex and deeply personal musical worlds of these monumental composers.


7.30 Evening Concert

  • The Piatti Quartet

The outstanding young quartet play Purcell, Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s tragic last quartet, written after the death of his beloved sister.

Purcell: Chacony in G minor

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

Beethoven: String Quartet No.8, Op.59 No.2


10pm Late Night Concert by candlelight

Bach’s Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Transcribed for string trio by Sitkovetsky

  • Priya Mitchell, violin
  • Nathan Braude, viola
  • Brian O’Kane, cello

Three superb string players join forces for this late night performance of one of Bach’s greatest works in a classic arrangement for string trio.


Sunday 25 August 2019

1pm Lunchtime Concert

  • Pavel Kolesnikov, piano

The exciting young Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov makes his Machynlleth Festival debut with a beautiful programme of Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann, Bartok and Debussy


Fantasie Impromptu

Nocturne Op ‪15/2

Scherzo No.3

Prelude in D flat major Op.28/15

Schumann. No.1 from Nachtstücke Op.23

Bartok. The Night’s Music from Out of Doors

Chopin. Berceuse Op.57

Debussy. Feux d’Artifice 

Beethoven Sonata in C# minor Op.27/2 Moonlight


7.30 pm Evening Concert

The Theatre of the Ayre

A Shakespeare Miscellany

  • Robin Blaze, counter tenor
  • Elizabeth Kelly, lute/theorbo
  • Simon Robson, reader

Shakespeare’s plays are filled with music and songs and in this delightful programme, compiled by one of the world’s leading lutenists, Elizabeth Kelly, Shakespeare’s words are heard alongside songs by his contemporaries that connect with his preoccupations or his professional circle, including John Dowland, Thomas Morley, Philip Rosseter, Robert Johnson and Henry Purcell.


To view the 2019 programme, please click here.