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

March 25th 2020

Four Last Songs

Lucy Crowe, soprano
Julius Drake, piano

One of the UK’s most popular and talented sopranos joins Julius Drake for a performance of Schumann, Berg and Strauss’ sublime, Four Last Songs.

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May 20th 2020

Seven Ages

Mark Padmore, tenor
Roderick Williams, baritone
Rory Kinnear, reader
Julius Drake, piano

A return to Middle Temple Hall by the starry trio of Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams, Rory Kinnear after the tremendous success of their 2015 programme with Julius Drake, The Sea. Seven Ages will include glorious music and words by among others, Shakespeare, Schubert, Donne, Vaughan Williams, Yeats, Fauré, Milne, Britten, Wordsworth and Schumann.

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July 2nd  2020

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

Alice Coote, mezzo
Stuart Jackson, tenor
Julius Drake, piano

Mahler’s valedictory masterpiece is performed by one of todays great mezzos and an outstanding young tenor in it’s original version for two voices and piano.

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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 10 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 12 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 14  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 16 2020

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

Das Lied von der Erde (1907-9)

for tenor, mezzo and piano


Concert 5 17 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.





Beethoven Series at New York’s 92nd St Y


Of all Beethoven’s extraordinary achievements the birth of the song cycle, with his masterpiece ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ in 1816, is often overlooked. These five recitals in a survey of the genre place Beethoven’s ground breaking work alongside song cycles by five of his greatest successors.


October 22 2019

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Christoph Prégardien, tenor

 Beethoven and Schubert        

Beethoven Adelaide; Wonne der Wehmut;
Neue Liebe, neues Leben;

Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte           

Schubert Schwanengesang     


January 22 2020

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Roderick Williams, baritone
  • Reader to be announced

Beethoven and Brahms  

Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte                 

Brahms Die Schöne Magelone                  


 February 13 2020

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Sasha Cooke, mezzo

Beethoven and Schumann     

Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte 

Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben op 42

Schumann Kerner Lieder op 35 


February 19 2020                          

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Amanda Majeski, soprano
  • Philippe Sly, bass-baritone

 Beethoven and Wolf       

Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte

Wolf Alte Weisen    (Keller)

Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch


March 18 2020

  • Julius Drake, piano
  • Alice Coote, mezzo
  • Eric Owens, baritone

Beethoven and Mahler

Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte

Mahler Rückert Lieder

Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn


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