French and American Songs and Piano Music

All profits from the sale of this CD, recorded in 2003, continue to go to 2 good causes for children.  Both are funds for new buildings, and this time only one is in Honduras, the other in North Somerset, England.

The first is for new school premises at Sacred Heart, Chew Magna.

The second is a new Technical Institute for the older boys of El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza.  The Institute has now found a new home after 30 years of constant use.  The old Institute in Tegucigalpa was much too small and the equipment often sadly out of date.  The new Institute is now in the course of construction, and voluntary contributions are sought to continue to develop the site, an old estate at Amarateca, on the road to San Pedro Sula out of Tegucigalpa. Already new classrooms, dormitories, dining room and administration offices have been built. The new foundations of the new auditorium were being laid in March this year, during my last visit.

The CD has been recorded by Mary Yates, soprano, and Josephine Reece, piano, professional musicians living in Bristol UK, both performing gratis and all profits going directly to benefit the children.

Mary Yates studied music at Dartingon College of Arts, York University and the Guildhall School of Music, where she won the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for outstanding musicianship.  She was the original lead soprano of the vocal ensemble Swingle II, and later specialised in early music, recording for radio and disc and singing in leading ensembles including The Consort of Musicke, the Monteverdi Choir and Kent Opera.  Her profession is now in computing and she continues as a busy singer and recorder player, currently co-director with Christopher Francis of the Bristol-based ensemble The Concert Party performing mainly renaissance and baroque music.

Josephine Reece studied piano with Leslie England at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from there with teaching and performing diplomas.  She became Music Mistress at St Audries School, West Quantoxhead, and later taught piano at Redland High and Badminton schools, Bristol, and Sacred Heart Preparatory, Chew Magna.  She is a piano recitalist particularly well known in the West of England, where she continues to play concertos with local orchestras. Her work as an accompanist includes both CDs and radio broadcasts.  As cantor, organist and choir trainer, she has held posts at leading musical churches in Bristol and the surrounding area, currently at Flax Bourton and Barrow Gurney.


  • Quatre Chansons pour Enfants ~ Francis Poulenc 1899-1963
    • La tragique histoire du petit René
    • Le garçon trop bien portant
    • Monsieur Sans-Souci
    • Nous voulons une petite soeur
  • Préludes Livre 1 pour le piano ~ Claude Debussy 1862-1918
    • Minstrels
    • La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Trois Chansons de Bilitis ~ Claude Debussy
    • La flûte de Pan
    • La chevelure
    • Le tombeau de Naïades
  • From 'Suite Bergamasque ~ Claude Debussy
    • Clair de Lune
  • Twelve songs of Emily Dickinson ~ Aaron Copland 1900-1990
    • Nature
    • There came a wind like a bugle
    • Why do they shut me out of Heaven?
    • The world feels dusty
    • Heart, we will forget him!
    • Dear March, come in!
    • Sleep is supposed to be
    • When they come back
    • I felt a funeral in my brain
    • I've heard an organ talk sometimes
    • Going to Heaven!
    • Because I would not stop for Death (The Chariot)
Recording made by Jonathan Lane at Sacred Heart Preparatory School, Chew Magna


UK: £6.00 per copy inc. P&P
Europe: £8.00 per copy inc. P&P
Rest of world: £10.00 per copy inc. P&P

To order please send a cheque or postal order - if possible in UK pounds sterling - made out to 'The Friends of El Hogar' to the following address:

Malcolm Yates
14 Barns Close
BS48 2JU
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1275 810126

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