Author Archives: Stephen Varcoe

About Stephen Varcoe

Stephen Varcoe is one of Britain’s most distinguished baritones, especially acclaimed in the field of Baroque music and in the song repertoire.

Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, 29th November 2014: Out of the Darkness, songs from the composers & poets of WW1

In this centenary year of commemoration, regret and gratitude it would be a strange omission if we didn’t celebrate the legacy to music of those precocious talents who died in or were profoundly affected by the Great War. Some of … Continue reading

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Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, 18th October 2014: Lyric Landscapes

We invite you to join us for the first of our Ansells Song Workshop Days after this warm and pleasant summer. One of the themes which has constantly inspired composers and poets through the ages is the landscape. In Britain … Continue reading

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2014 Summer Music Weekend a success

Ansells 6th Summer Music Weekend June 27th-29th 2014 Once again our annual festival of words and music was a marvellous success. We had a brilliant evening on Friday 27th when husband and wife actors John Woodvine & Lynn Farleigh joined … Continue reading

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Ansells Summer Music Weekend 2014

In conjunction with our annual Workshop for Singers Weekend, two fantastic concerts with world-renowned artists plus a relaxed tea-concert to hear what our students have achieved during the weekend workshop: Friday 27th June 8pm THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES? A celebration … Continue reading

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Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, 10th May 2014: Songs of the Stage

Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, 10th May 2014: Songs of the Stage Another successful workshop, with all places filled.

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Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, 22nd March 2014: Planning a Programme

Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, 22nd March 2014: Planning a Programme. The workshop was full and a tremendous success.

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Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, January 2014: Benjamin Britten, a centenary celebration

Saturday 25 January 2014 [Update] Our November 2013 Workshop has had to be postponed to Saturday 25th January. As the Britten/folksong theme provoked plenty of interest, we’ve decided to offer it again and stretch the centenary into 2014! There can’t … Continue reading

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Song Workshop at Ansells Farm, October 2013

Our next Workshop Day will be on Saturday October 12th , with the title ‘Anything Goes’. As you might imagine from this, we’re encouraging participants to bring any songs they choose to work on with Stephen, and we’re hoping for … Continue reading

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Annual Music at Ansells Weekend 2013 a great success!

Our annual music festival has acquired quite a following since we started it in 2009, and the 28th-30th of June saw our 5th Summer Weekend take place here at Ansells. This year we were delighted to welcome eminent actor Julian … Continue reading

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5th Summer Music at Ansells Weekend, 2013

June 28th-30th 2013 Singer Stephen Varcoe and his wife Melinda have been running extremely successful Song Workshop Days at Ansells Farm, Alphamstone for ten years. And this summer for the fifth time they’re presenting a whole weekend of musical delights, … Continue reading

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