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39. Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Carola Darwin & Gildas Quartet

18 October 2019, 17:45 - 18:30

Our newly-appointed Associate Composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, has written a cycle of songs for soprano and string quartet, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, setting poetry about evolution and the environment by the Museum of Natural History’s three poets-in-residence in 2016: Kelley Swain, John Barnie and Steven Matthews. The Gildas Quartet also performs Fantasias and Chaconne by Purcell.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful was commissioned by Carola Darwin with the support of Arts Council England, the RVW Trust and the Ambache Charitable Trust.

Watch the Gildas Quartet performing the fourth movement of Janáček's String Quartet no.1:

Artist Portrait

Carola Darwin

Carola Darwin


Carola Darwin combines a career as an opera and concert singer with research and writing about music. She took her first degree in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at Cambridge, before gaining an M Mus (Perf.) in singing from the Royal Northern College of Music. At the Oxford Lieder Festival 2019, she premièred Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Endless Forms Most Beautiful: a song-cycle on texts about evolution and the environment, commissioned with funds from the Arts Council. Operatic roles include Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen, Surrey Ope... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Gildas Quartet

Gildas Quartet


The Gildas Quartet has performed to critical acclaim at major venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Praised for their 'energy, verve and refreshing approach', their bold and explorative approach to performance has been recognised by the International Franz Schubert and Modern Music Competition, Graz, where they won first prize in the Audience Engagement Award 2018. Determined to bring the visceral experience of string quartet performance to audiences at close quarters, the Gildas wil... Read Full Biography

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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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