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10. Clara Schumann - Rethinking the Myth: Natasha Loges, Joe Davies, Laura Hamer, Jessy McCabe, Tara Erraught & James Baillieu

13 October 2019, 11:00 - 15:30

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This event will be broadcast from Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

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Presented in association with the Royal College of Music

Clara (Wieck) Schumann, born 200 years ago this year, was an extraordinary figure: overshadowed in the history books by her husband Robert, but in reality a musical powerhouse in her own right. An inspired composer, brilliant and famous pianist, muse to Brahms and others, and mother of eight children, she led a long, complex and fascinating life.

11am - 12.15pm

Clara Schumann: A Life in Music. Natasha Loges introduces this pioneering musician: her life, music and influences. The talk is illustrated with songs performed by baritone James Atkinson and pianist Brian Hughes, outstanding students of the Royal College of Music.

12.15pm - 1.15pm

A light lunch is available for purchase in advance (£7).

1.15pm - 2.15pm

Lunchtime concert - 11. Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Please see Event 11. for more details (concert is included in Study Day tickets).

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Rediscovering Clara Schumann. Natasha Loges is joined by Joe Davies (Oxford University), Laura Hamer (Open University) andJessy McCabe (Oxford University) for a discussion of Clara Wieck-Schumann’s vital position in the history of female musicians.

Please note: Blue Badge parking should be arranged directly with St Hilda's Lodge. Oxford Lieder is unable to allocate onsite spaces.


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Natasha Loges

Natasha Loges


Natasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Reader in Musicology at the Royal College of Music, London. She gained her BMus in piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her MMus at King’s College London, and her PhD at theRoyal Academy of Music, University of London, entitled Text and Context in Brahms’s Lieder. Her books include Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Brahms and His Poets (Boydell, 2017), Brahms in Context (Cambridge... Read Full Biography
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Joe Davies

Joe Davies

Dr Joe Davies is Lecturer in Music at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Music Department at Maynooth University. His research interests are in the aesthetics and cultural history of nineteenth-century music, with particular emphasis on Franz Schubert and women composers. Together with James Sobaskie, he is co-editor of Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert (Boydell & Brewer, 2019) – a volume of essays that provides a timely reassessment of the composer’s neglected stage works, and offers... Read Full Biography
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Tara Erraught

Tara Erraught


A rich, radiant voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence are Tara Erraught’s hallmarks. Her extensive repertoire includes, Mozart, Rossini, Strauss, Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod and Händel as well as contemporary composers. A native of Dundalk, Ireland, she is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. From 2008 on she was a member of the studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she joined the ensemble in 2010 until 2018. Erraught frequently works with famed German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, expanding... Read Full Biography
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James Atkinson

James Atkinson


British baritone James Atkinson studies at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio with Alison Wells. He is a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar and is kindly supported by a Sybil Tutton Opera Award and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. With the RCM Opera Studio, James has sung the roles of Buonafede (Il mondo della luna), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Le Gendarme (Les mamelles de Tirésias) and Blazes (The Lighthouse) and was to perform Ramiro (L’heure espagnole) in March 2020. Other roles include Lysander (The Enchanted Isla... Read Full Biography
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James Baillieu

James Baillieu


Born in South Africa, James studied in Cape Town and London. He was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Young Classical Artist Trust artist and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award and the Chamber Music and Song Award. He is an International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music and head of the Song Programme at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy. An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James’ partnerships include Lawrence Power... 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....

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