51. A Night at The Museum: Benjamin Appl, Graham Johnson, Rowan Pierce, Nathaniel Mander & Prof. Michael Scott
20 October 2019, 19:00 - 22:00
- Benjamin Appl (Baritone)
- Rowan Pierce (Soprano)
- Graham Johnson (Pianist)
- Nathaniel Mander (Harpsichordist)
- Professor Michael Scott (Speaker)
Presented in association with Classics for All
One of the highlights of this year’s Festival is an evening in multiple parts at the Ashmolean Museum. In the Randolph Sculpture Gallery, Benjamin Appl and Graham Johnson explore songs of classical mythology, surrounded by Greco-Roman statues. Upstairs, in the rooftop restaurant, Michael Scott – well-known Classicist and presenter for BBC, ITV and National Geographic – gives a talk entitled ‘Ancient Myths Now and in the Future’. And in the stunning setting of the Mallett Gallery, with the Museum’s famous Kirkman harpsichord, Rowan Pierce and Nathaniel Mander perform songs by Purcell with roots in mythology.
Your ticket will make it clear where in the Ashmolean and when you should begin and an Oxford Lieder steward will guide you through the evening. All audience members will gather together in the Atrium for a central, celebratory interval drink (all tickets include a glass of wine).
Watch Rowan Pierce singing Purcell:
BaritoneDescribed as ‘the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’ (Gramophone Magazine, UK), Benjamin Appl, Gramophone Award Young Artist of the Year 2016, is celebrated by audiences and critics in recital, concerts and opera. He was a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme from 2014-16 and was also a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist and ECHO Rising Star for the 2015-16 season, appearing in recital at major European venues including the Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philhar... Read Full Biography
SopranoYorkshire-born soprano Rowan Pierce was awarded the President's Award by HRH Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music in 2017. She won both the Song Prize and First Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition, the Van Someren Godfery Prize at the RCM and the first Schubert Society Singer Prize in 2014. She has appeared on the concert platform throughout Europe and in South America and has performed with ensembles including the AAM, Gabrieli Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBCSSO, CBSO, Florilegi... Read Full Biography
PianistDescribed as "that peerless song accompanist” by the Daily Telegraph (November 2015) Graham Johnson is recognised as one of the world’s leading vocal accompanists. Born in Rhodesia, he came to London to study in 1967. After leaving the Royal Academy of Music, his teachers included Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons. In 1972 he was the official pianist at Peter Pears' first masterclasses at the Snape Maltings, which brought him into contact with Benjamin Britten – a link which strengthened his determination to accomp... Read Full Biography
HarpsichordistNathaniel Mander is one of the most exciting young harpsichordists to emerge on the scene in recent years. He graduated first class from the Royal Academy of Music and has since gone on to pursue an international career. He began his studies with Richard Lester before moving to London in 2009 to train with Carole Cerasi at the Royal Academy of Music. He is winner of the 10th Broadwood solo harpsichord competition (2011) and the Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House (2010). His most important musical influences have been from... Read Full Biography
SpeakerMichael is a Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick and member of Warwick’s Global History and Culture Centre. His research and teaching focuses on aspects of ancient Greek and Roman society, as well as ancient Global History. In 2017-8 Michael held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on an ancient global history research project looking at the movement of luxury goods between the Mediterranean and China in antiquity. He is a National Teaching Fellow (the UK’s most prestigious award for tea... Read Full Biography
This event is part of a series:
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....