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

February 22nd 2023

Allan Clayton tenor
Julius Drake piano
Christopher Lowrey countertenor
George Humphreys baritone
Olivia Jageurs harp
Richard Watkins french horn
Dame Harriet Walter speaker


The five Canticles span more than a quarter century of Benjamin Britten’s life. These marvellously vivid, intensely dramatic works are based on a wide range of literary sources that held deep spiritual and religious meaning for the composer. An extraordinary ensemble of musicians present all five works, in words and music.

Canticle I: My Beloved Is Mine and I Am His
Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac
Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain
Canticle IV: The Journey of the Magi
Canticle V: The Death of Saint Narcissus


Duration: approximately 70 minutes (no interval)


June 17th 2023

Axelle Fanyo soprano

Julius Drake piano


Louis Aubert
from Six Arabic Poems:
Le mirage
Le sommeil des colombes

Maurice Ravel
La flûte enchantée

Francis Poulenc
Hyde Park
Voyage à Paris
Les Chemins de l’Amour
La Dame de Monte-Carlo

Kurt Weil
Trois chansons:

La Complainte de la Seine
Je ne t’aime pas

William Bolcom
from Cabaret songs:
Song of Black Max


Duration: approximately 90 minutes (including interval)


The Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Three recitals with brilliant young artists


Concert 1 December 21 2022

Feride Buyukdenktas

Mezzo-soprano Feride Büyükdenktas in a recital with top pianist Julius Drake. Featuring songs from her motherland Turkey combined with composers from her new habitat: Schumann and Schubert.


Concert 2 February 16 2023

Axelle Fanyo

The outstanding young French soprano sings a wonderful programme from her homeland of Aubert, Ravel, Poulenc as well as cabaret songs by Weill, Schoenberg and Bolcom. A programme that juxtaposes poetry and music by Eastern and Western creators around the interconnected motifs of home/homeland, childhood and dreams. 


Concert 3 April 29  2023

Fleur Barron 

One of the most charismatic performers of her generation presents programme that juxtaposes poetry and music by Eastern and Western creators around the interconnected motifs of home/homeland, childhood and dreams.

Lied & Lyric at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal 


The poet and the many facets of their imagination are at the centre of this Lied und Lyric series curated by Julius Drake.


October 10 2021

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Christoph Prégardien, tenor  

Udo Samel, reader 

Julius Drake, piano         

Poems of Goethe and settings by Beethoven, Schubert, Loewe, Schumann Liszt, Wolf and Grieg. 


March 18 2022

Bertold Brecht

Hanns Eisler

The Hollywood Songbook

Holger Falk, Bariton 

Burghart Klaußner, Sprecher 

Julius Drake, Klavier 

Bertolt Brecht: Flucht

Bertolt Brecht: Hollywood     


May 24 2022

John Donne and Thomas Hardy

Mark Padmore 

Paul Rhys, reader 

Julius Drake 

Britten The Holy Sonnets of John Donne

Britten Winter Words


December 7 2022

Heinrich Heine              

Julia Kleiter, soprano

Felix Kammerer, reader

Julius Drake, piano

Poems of Heine and settings by Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Hensel, Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and Charles Ives.


March 9 2023 

Joseph von Eichendorff

Konstantin Krimmel, Bariton

Burghart Klaußner, Sprecher

Julius Drake, Klavier

Poems of Eichendorff and settings by Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Korngold, Zemlinsky, Pfizner and Reimann.


May 13 2023

Friedrich Rückert

Ian Bostridge, Tenor

Martina Gedeck, Reader

Julius Drake, Piano

Poems of Rückert and settings by Schubert, Schumann, Mahler and Henze.

Dec 20 2023

Walt Whitman

Claron Mcfaddon, Soprano

Julius Drake, Piano

Bernstein, Crumb, Ives, Knussen, Vaughan Williams & Weill.


Jan 9 2024

T.S. Eliot

Alan Clayton, Tenor

Julius Drake, Piano

Christopher Lowrey, Countertenor

George Humphreys, Baritone

Ben Goldscheider, French Horn

Aline Khouri, Harp

Dame Harriet Walter, Speaker

Benjamin Britten

The Five Canticles:

My beloved is mine for tenor and piano

Abraham & Isaac for tenor, counter tenor and piano

Still falls the rain for tenor and horn

The journey of the Magi for tenor, counter tenor, baritone and piano

The death of Saint Narcissus for tenor and harp

May 19 2024

Heinrich Heine

André Schuen, Baritone

Martina Gedeck, Reader

Julius Drake, Piano

Schumann Dichterliebe, Liederkreis op 24 and other Heine settings.