Having been told a move to Germany would be “too risky” and “too early in his career”, British baritone Benjamin Hewat-Craw defied convention and moved from Dorset to Deutschland at the age of 22 and has been living and working as a freelance musician in Cologne for the past six years. The English-born singer “possesses a flexible, richly coloured baritone voice as well as exemplary clear diction”, Rheinische Post (2020), and he released his critically-acclaimed debut album of Schubert’s Winterreise with the label ARS Produktion in September 2020. George Warren is an English organist and pianist also living in Cologne and plays at the heart of the city in its famous gothic cathedral. The duo collaborate regularly on events ranging from cathedral services to multi-dimensional theatre projects.
Concert premiere: Sunday 2nd May
The Star-Spangled Banner: Presidential Poetry
With an innovative, fully-improvised programme inspired by poetry honouring US presidents, British baritone Benjamin Hewat-Craw and pianist George Warren combine forces to connect the regrets of the past with hope for the future, through spontaneous composition in the present.
As part of the festival’s Green Mission, Benjamin has chosen to complete the following task provided by Harmonic Progression: to buy from environmentally-friendly businesses.