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.

The Concertgebouw Amsterdam Mahler Celebrations in May 2020

The Mahler Songs in five concerts


Can one really grasp the whole of Mahler’s output without knowing his songs? Not only do they extensively appear in the first four symphonies, often known as ‘Wunderhorn symphonies’; they also encapsulate the fundamental principles of his reading of the world.


Concert 1 May 10th 2020

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Fleur Barron, mezz
  • James Newby, baritone

 Drei Frühe Lieder (1880)

Im Lenz 

Maitanz im Grünen 


 Lieder und Gesänge (1880/81)



Hans und Grete 

Serenade aus Don Juan 

Phantasie aus Don Juan 


Lied eines fahrenden Gesellen (1883-85)

Lieder nach Texten von Friedrich Rückert (1901-2)


Concert 2 May 12th 2020

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Barbara Kozelj, mezzo
  • Milan Siljanov, bass baritone

Des Knaben Wunderhorn    

Lieder, Humoresken und Balladen


Der Schildwache Nachtlied (duet)


Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht  S 

Trost im Unglück B 

Rheinlegendchen S 

Verlorne Muh (duet) 


Das himmlisches Leben S 

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt B 

Lob des hohen Verstands  B 

“Es sungen drei Engel  S 


Lied eines Verfolgten im Turm (duet) 

Das irdisches Leben S 

Revelge B 

Der Tambourg’sell B 

Urlicht S 

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (duet) 


Concert 3 May 14th  2020

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Catriona Morison, mezzo
  • Julien van Mellaerts, baritone

Lieder und Gesänge aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn (1887/89)

Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen 

Ich ging mit Lust 

Aus! Aus! 

Starke Einbildungskraft  

Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz

Ablösung im Sommer 

Scheiden und Meiden 

Nicht wiedersehen! 


Kindentotenlieder (1901-4)


Concert 4 May 16th 2020

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Feride Buyukdenktas, mezzo
  • Stuart Jackson, tenor

Das Lied von der Erde (1907-9)

for tenor, mezzo and piano


Concert 5 17th May 2020

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Sophie Rennert, mezzo
  • Ashley Riches, baritone

The Songs of Alma Mahler, Friends and Lovers

 The songs of Alma Mahler written in Vienna at the turn of the century, with music by Alexander von Zemlinsky, Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg.