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40. Fairy Tales - Stanford to Sondheim: Kitty Whately & Simon Lepper

18 October 2019, 20:00 - 21:40



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Kitty Whately and Simon Lepper take us on a dramatic journey from ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ – Stanford’s thrilling setting of Keats – to Rebecca Clarke’s spine-chilling ‘The Seal Man’. They include songs by Samuel Barber, alongside a new work by American composer Juliana Hall and librettist Caitlin Vincent, before concluding with an effervescent group of songs by Stephen Sondheim from his fairy-tale musical Into the Woods.


Artist Portrait

Kitty Whately

Kitty Whately


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 w... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper


Simon read music at King’s College Cambridge. He is a professor of collaborative piano at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the collaborative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Recent performance highlights include an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx; a recital tour with baritone Stéphane Degout which included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals; his ... 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....