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41. Schubert & Mortality: Imogen Cooper, James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook & Lorraine Byrne Bodley

19 October 2019, 10:45 - 15:45


Lunchtime Study Event

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Holywell Music Room

Holywell St

10.45am - 11.20am

Internationally acclaimed for her interpretations of Schubert, pianist Imogen Cooper begins her trilogy of the composer’s last three piano with the darkly turbulent C minor Sonata, D958.NB: the other two performances at 5.15pm and 10pm are ticketed separately.

11.30am - 12.30pm

Unresting Death: On Schubert’s Final Years. Eminent Schubert scholar Lorraine Byrne Bodley delves into Schubert’s all-too-brief life, showing that he was surrounded and profoundly affected by death.

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Lunch break

1.30pm - 2.30pm

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook present a programme of Schubert songs reflecting on mortality and figures around death: from the transfigured grave-digger, and the consoling hand of the grim reaper, to uplifting paeans to immortality.

2.45pm - 3.45pm

A Familiar Ghost: Death’s Presence in Schubert’s Songs. Lorraine Byrne Bodley continues her exploration of Schubert and mortality, showing how Schubert's changing conception of death influenced his music across his short life.

A Day Pass is available for the whole 'Schubert and (Im)mortality' day for £90, giving access to the full study day and all concerts.

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

Artist Portrait

Imogen Cooper

Imogen Cooper


Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism. Recent and future concerto performances include the Berliner Philharmoniker with Sir Simon Rattle, Sydney Symphony with Simone Young, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard and the Aurora Orchestra with Nicholas Collon, the latter including performances in London and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her solo recitals this season include London, Istanbul, Madrid and Wa... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist


James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest was fired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. James’ extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Labadie, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket, Masaaki Suzuki and the late Richar... Read Full Biography
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Anna Tilbrook

Anna Tilbrook


Anna Tilbrook has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including Ian Bostridge, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Tynan, Barbara Hannigan, Emma Bell, Nick Daniel, Natalie Clein, Philip Dukes and Guy Johnston, as well as the Fitzwilliam, Carducci, Sacconi, Elias, Navarra and Barbirolli String Quartets. Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 she has become a regular artist at all the leading concert halls and festivals. She has also accompanied Jose Carreras, Angela Georghiu and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts. Anna regularly coa... Read Full Biography
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Lorraine Byrne Bodley

Lorraine Byrne Bodley


Lorraine Byrne Bodley is Professor of Musicology at Maynooth Univeristy. She holds a double doctorate in Music and in German from University College Dublin (2000). In 2001 she was awarded the Goethe Prize of the English Goethe Society, a DAAD Young Researcher’s Award to study at the University of Freiburg and Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship which she held at the Department of Germanic Studies, Trinity College Dublin (2001–03). In 2010 she was awarded a DAAD Senior Academic’s Award and Visiting Professorship at... 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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