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1. Trolls, Myths and Mountains: Claire Booth, Christopher Glynn, Daniel Grimley & Heather O'Donoghue

11 October 2019, 11:30 - 14:30


Symposium

Study Event


Thumbnail of Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

St Hilda's College,
Oxford



Nordic legends, Norse gods, trolls and magical landscapes: a riveting exploration of these influences on the music of Edvard Grieg begins the Festival. In the first part of this event, Heather O’Donoghue will introduce key stories and characters from Old Norse myths, interspersed with songs and piano music. Daniel Grimley, who led last year’s Nordic Song day, then introduces ‘Haugtussa’, the mystic mountain-dwelling protagonist of Grieg’s only song cycle, before a complete performance of the cycle by acclaimed soprano Claire Booth and pianist Christopher Glynn.


There will be a one-hour break, 12.30pm-1.30pm, and a light lunch will be available for purchase in advance (£7)


Artist Portrait

Claire Booth

Claire Booth

Soprano

British soprano Claire Booth has become internationally renowned both for her commitment to an extraordinary breadth of repertoire, and for the vitality and musicianship that she brings to the operatic stage and concert platform. A regular contributor to the Aldeburgh Festival, Claire enjoyed a close collaboration with the late Oliver Knussen, and was the soprano soloist for many of his works, including the world premiere of ‘O Hototogisu’. With a growing reputation in contemporary repertoire and the performance of new works, in... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Christopher Glynn

Christopher Glynn

Pianist

Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist, working with leading singers, instrumentalists and ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and recordings throughout the world. He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 60 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire. In 2018 he became the Artistic Director of the new Chiltern Arts Festival. Described by The Times as ‘a superb accompanist’ and praised in Gramophone for his ‘breathtakin... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Daniel Grimley

Daniel Grimley

Speaker

Daniel Grimley is a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford and Douglas Algar tutorial fellow at Merton College. He is currently also Associate Head of Humanities at Oxford with particular responsibility for overseeing research. He is a specialist in Scandinavian and Finnish music, early twentieth-century English music, and music and cultural geography. His books include Grieg: Music, Landscape and Norwegian Identity (Boydell & Brewer, 2006), and Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism (Boydell, 2010). In 2011, he was Scholar-in-Re... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Heather O'Donoghue

Heather O'Donoghue

Speaker

My primary field of research is Old Norse-Icelandic literature – that is, the poetry and prose of medieval Iceland and Norway. I have also worked and published on relations between Old Norse-Icelandic literature and Old English literature, and am interested in links with Old and Middle Irish. Most of my recent research has been on the reception of Old Norse literature in post-medieval European culture – primarily, but not exclusively, European and American literature – and the afterlife of Old Norse myth, especially in its ... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

Tales of Beyond - Magic, Myths and Mortals

The 18th Oxford Lieder Festival will explore life, death, and the mysterious areas between and beyond. Sprites and nymphs cause mayhem and mischief, while legends abound from Greco-Roman sagas to the Lorelei and the Erlking. Storytelling with the Crick Crack Club, a ghost tour, a magic show and more all complement the myriad concerts, masterclasses and study events over a packed fortnight....