PE0271. PATRICIA HAMMOND: Songs of the Great War. (England) Song 50, recorded 2014. [A nostalgic journey to the Era of The Great War, with appropriate period accompaniments.] - 0638936171657
“Described by the Sunday Times in 2012 as ‘A Leading Lady of the retro party scene’, Patricia Hammond is a singer who can go from Cathedral to cocktail bar, and change from Handel to hot jazz in the same night. Her album of Belle Epoque French Salon songs was chosen by the editor of American Record Guide as one of his favourite classical vocal albums of 2007, and in 2011 Sir Michael Parkinson praised her CD of 1920s, 30s and 40s pop songs as ‘a music-box of vintage treasures, beautifully sung by a remarkable woman’.
Sought-after by museums for her scrupulously researched music-making and authentic, sweet sound, her voice has echoed through the corridors of some of Britain’s most glorious historic buildings. Most recently, Patricia was asked by the producers of BBC Four’s ‘Sound of Song’ to demonstrate a 1904 wax-cylinder making process, and an Edison ‘Sound Test’. She works with many fine vintage ensembles, including Albert Ball’s Flying Aces, on whose eponymous album she appears; and with arranger and frequent collaborator (and fellow researcher and specialist in historic styles) Matt Redman, she has just made a CD of songs from the First World War [above].
She continues to perform with orchestras and early music ensembles in Haydn, Rossini, Dowland and Bach, as well as giving premieres of works by living composers. Patricia has appeared as a soloist at the Bruges Concertgebeouw, Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, and London’s Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls under Ivan Fischer and Sir Simon Rattle with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In opera, Patricia has sung at the Wexford Festival, Covent Garden’s Linbury Theatre and the Herodus Atticus Theatre in Athens. With her Ragtime Parlour Band she has performed in the Buxton and Deal Festivals, Hugh’s Room in Toronto, and the 20th Century Theatre in London, to name just a few.
Patricia has been featured on BBC Radio 2, Radio 3, and Radio 4’s ‘Midweek”’ with Libby Purves in April 2010. She was the only contemporary artist included on 2010’s Sony Compilation ‘Down Memory Lane’, an album that also featured Matt Monro, Dame Vera Lynn, Marni Nixon and Mario Lanza.”
- Lloyd Bluto