1). The UK songwriter Richard Lewis has a unique and powerful sound. With his outstanding vocals, piano and guitar backed up by double bass and human beatbox, the 26-year old former poet cuts aross genres with his soulful melodies, jazz-fuelled changes, deep beats and lush string sections.
His latest album ‘12 hours’ was recorded in a converted medieval church within the walls of the ancient city of Canterbury.
Finely structured songs such as ‘Night Owl’ and ‘Lamplighter’ set the scene for a mesmerising journey through the twelve hours of the night, with songs such as ‘Magpie’ and ‘The Great Unknown’ splintering with light the darkness of more mellow, thoughtful tracks such as ‘Lake’ and ‘Weigh My Heart’.
2). Richard Lewis is a British writer and musician living in Paris, France. He works in video, broadcast, print and online media. His articles have appeared in the Times, the Guardian, the Observer, New Statesman and the Author, along with numerous business journals.
His first album, “Postcard”, was released in 2007.
3). Richard Lewis CBE (10 May 1914 – 13 November 1990) was a Welsh tenor.
Born Thomas Thomas in Manchester to Welsh parents, Lewis began his career as a boy soprano and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now merged into the Royal Northern College of Music) from 1939 to 1941. He made his operatic debut in 1939, and from 1947 onwards, sang at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at Covent Garden (London). He made his debut in the United States in 1955.
Lewis made a number of recordings, including Messiah (Handel), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), Idomeneo (Mozart), Liebeslieder Walzer and Neue Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms), Coleridge-Taylor’s The Song of Hiawatha, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Benjamin Britten’s Spring Symphony (with Leonard Bernstein), scenes from William Walton’s Troilus and Cressida, and four different performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, two with Maureen Forrester, (Reiner/Walter) one with Kathleen Ferrier (Barbirolli), and a fourth with Lili Chookasian (Ormandy). There is also a live recording with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.
In 1963 he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He died in Eastbourne.
Edited by scapacity on 22 Mar 2012, 11:12
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