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64. Fables and Tales: Claire Ward, Guy Murgatroyd, Katherine Astbury & Katherine Hambridge

23 October 2019, 15:00 - 16:00


Talk

Study Event


Thumbnail of The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

The Queen's College, Oxford



PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE OF VENUE (from Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College to Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College.)

This afternoon's event looks at the fable in France and Germany from the late 17th century through to the Napoleonic era with a focus on La Fontaine, Lessing and Florian - and a nod or two to Aesop of course. This fascinating talk is illustrated with settings of Lessing by composers including Beethoven and Haydn, performed by Claire Ward and Guy Murgatroyd, recent finalists in the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.


Programme


Artist Portrait

Claire Ward

Claire Ward

Soprano

Claire Ward is a London-based soprano from West Sussex. In June 2019, Claire covered Susanna (Mozart) at The Grange Festival and sung the role of Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. Further roles include Yum-Yum (Gilbert & Sullivan) Micaёla (Bizet) and Mary Crawford (Dove). In scenes Claire has performed as Susanna (Mozart) and Musetta (Puccini) for Royal Academy of Music’s Italian Opera Summer School and Lucia (Britten) and Gretel (Humperdinck) for Royal Academy Vocal Faculty Opera scenes. A keen recitalist and lingui... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Guy Murgatroyd

Guy Murgatroyd

Pianist

British Pianist Guy Murgatroyd enjoys an international reputation as one of a leading generation of pianists adaptable to many musical specialties including work as soloist, song pianist, répétiteur and musical director. Initial studies where at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on a scholarship under Victor Sangiorgio and Pascal Nemirowski. During this time he was garlanded with every major award for piano accompaniment as well as academic tributes for the highest BMus degree marks in his class. Further studies as a Po... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Prof Katherine Astbury

Prof Katherine Astbury

Speaker

Katherine Astbury is Professor of French Studies and Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick. Having begun her academic career as a comparatist, looking at the moral tale in 18th-century France and Germany, she now focuses on extending our understanding of French culture during the revolutionary and Napoleonic period by examining the aesthetics and politics of novels, prints, theatrical texts, songs, scores and performances of the time. The ways in which cultural forms inflect the public sphere and sh... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Dr Katherine Hambridge

Dr Katherine Hambridge

Speaker

Katherine Hambridge is an Assistant Professor in Musicology at Durham University. Her research focuses on French and German musical life in the first half of the nineteenth century, taking in music and politics, art and popular song, and music theatre from opera to vaudeville. Katherine gained her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Music at the University of Cambridge, during which time she held the organ scholarship at Girton College. In her doctoral research on Berlin, 1800-1815 (completed 2013), she examined how music articulat... Read Full Biography

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