Cole Porter’s witty lyrics and elegant melodies continue to enchant audiences today, well beyond the life of the shows for which they were first written. The range and number of great performers who have recorded their own versions of Porter’s songs demonstrates the significance of his contribution to popular music. That music’s light touch, however, conceals Porter’s personal story, including a serious horse-riding accident and his complicated life as a gay man in a less accepting era. The songs in this
programme reflect on the key themes in Porter’s life and introduce lesser-known gems alongside some of his best-loved tunes.
Clare McCaldin – Mezzo
Paul Sheehan – Baritone
Stephen Dickinson – Piano