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10. Clara Schumann - Rethinking the Myth: Tara Erraught, Kitty Whately, James Baillieu, Joe Davies & Natasha Loges

13 October 2019, 11:00 - 15:30


Symposium

Study Event


Thumbnail of Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

St Hilda's College,
Oxford



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 - Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Sensational Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, who gave the closing recital of last year’s Festival, and pianist James Baillieu perform selected songs by Clara Schumann, as well as Brahms’s passionate Zigeunerlieder.

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Rediscovering Clara Schumann. Natasha Loges is joined by Joe Davies and Kitty Whately for a discussion of Clara Wieck-Schumann’s vital position in the history of female composers.


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Natasha Loges

Natasha Loges

Speaker

Natasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Studies 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 the Royal Academy of Music, University of London, entitled Text and Context in Brahms’s Lieder. She has supervised doctoral theses on topics ranging from Schumann’s piano music to Schoenberg’s songs. Natasha broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, including Record Review, Composer of the Week and Building a Library, and she... Read Full Biography
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Joe Davies

Joe Davies

Joe Davies works on the aesthetics and cultural history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century music, with particular emphasis on Franz Schubert and women composers. He completed an AHRC-funded doctorate at Oxford on notions of the sublime, the gothic, and the grotesque in Schubert’s late instrumental music. Together with Professor James Sobaskie, he is co-editor of Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert (Boydell & Brewer, forthcoming February 2019) – a collection of essays that reassesses Schubert’s operatic music as well ... Read Full Biography
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Tara Erraught

Tara Erraught

Mezzo-soprano

Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught enjoys an ever-growing international career, acclaimed for her rich voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence. She makes her debut with Oxford Lieder in this concert. She has performed at The Metropolitan Opera, Gran Teatre Del Liceu, Theater an der Wein, Berlin Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Ireland’s Irish National Opera, Opera Theater Company and Wide Open Opera, the Salzburg Festival, and at the BBC Proms. 2018-19 engagements include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Staat... Read Full Biography
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Kitty Whately

Kitty Whately

Mezzo-Soprano

Kitty Whately trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. She won both the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 59th Royal Overseas League Award in the same year, and was part of the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy where she appeared as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Kitty was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2013-15, during which time she recorded her debut solo album This Other Eden, made recordings... Read Full Biography
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James Atkinson

James Atkinson

Baritone

British baritone James Atkinson is a first-year postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music in London, where he recently completed his undergraduate studies and is kindly supported by an RCM Scholarship. James currently studies with Alison Wells, having previously studied with Peter Savidge and Gary Matthewman. James’s operatic work has recently included the role of Le Fleuve in Rameau’s Les fêtes d'Hébé at the Amphithéâtre Bastille in Paris and the RCM Britten Theatre, in a collabor... Read Full Biography
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James Baillieu

James Baillieu

Pianist

An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James’ partnerships include Lawrence Power, the Heath Quartet, Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Pumeza Matshikiza and Marcus Farnsworth. Venues include Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Bridgewater Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin and the Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, St Magnus, Norfolk & Norwich, Brighton, Verbier and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Uls... 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....