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78. The Boy's Magic Horn - Anthony Phelan, Konstantin Krimmel, Doriana Tchakarova, Ben Haggarty & Sherry Robinson

26 October 2019, 11:00 - 15:15

We explore the Grimm Brothers’ fairy-stories and wonder-tales, and the magical language of Des Knaben Wunderhorn, the collection of folk poetry first published in Heidelberg. Anthony Phelan will trace the sources and resources that reinvent German language and identity in these Heidelberg years when the Romantic movement pioneered a style for later important song poets. The lunchtime concert is given by prize-winners of this year’s prestigious Das Lied competition, held in Heidelberg; and Ben Haggarty, master storyteller and founder of the Crick Crack Club, and multi-instrumentalist Sherry Robinson give their acclaimed telling of Brothers Grimm tales.

To attend all events, please purchase the 3 Event 'Grimm' Ticket (£25) or if you are Under 35 - please purchase the Under 35 ticket (£5)

11am - 11.45am

'Grimm Tales and Magical Songs' Only - 11am (£3)

Grimm Tales and Magical Songs, with Anthony Phelan.

12pm - 1pm

'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' Only - 12pm - (£12)

Settings of Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler, Loewe, Mendelssohn, Strauss and others, with Konstantin Krimmel (winner of Second Prize and the Audience Prize at Das Lied) and Doriana Tchakarova making their UK recital debut.

1pm - 2pm
Lunch break

2pm - 3.15pm

'Grimm Grimms' Only 2pm - (£10)

Presented in association with the Crick Crack Club

Grim Grimms, with storyteller Ben Haggarty and musician Sherry Robinson,: ‘the fresh dose of magic you need in your life’ (Everything Theatre).

For any questions about tickets, please contact the Box Office on 01865 591 276 or via email


Artist Portrait

Konstantin Krimmel

Konstantin Krimmel


Konstantin Krimmel won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the German National Music Competition (Deutscher Musikwettbewerb) in 2019. He also won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 1st International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition in 2018, and First Prizes at the 1st International Haydn Competition for Classical Song and Aria in Rohrau in 2018, and at the Rising Stars Grand Prix International Music Competition in Berlin in 2018 (in the Lied Duo category with Doriana Tchakarova). He also won 2nd Prize at the International Voice Compe... Read Full Biography
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Doriana Tchakarova

Doriana Tchakarova


Doriana Tchakarova completed her Bachelor and Master studies in piano at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart with Prof. Fernando Kaeser and Prof. Friedemann Rieger. She also studied in the Lied class taught by Prof. Konrad Richter. In April 1993 she won the second prize in the international piano competition "Dimitar Nenov” and played the second piano concerto by Sergej Rachmaninoff with the Varna Philharmonic. Doriana was the Chamber Music Prize Winner of the 15th International Competition "Franz Schubert" with the cellist Kr... Read Full Biography
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Ben Haggarty

Ben Haggarty


Having been trained in mime and theatre direction in the 1970s, and apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State, Ben Haggarty began telling stories professionally in 1981 - becoming a central figure in the re-visioning of storytelling as a contemporary performing art in the UK. Today, Ben is a world-class performance storyteller, whose work delights and subverts audiences across the English-speaking world. A master of improvisation, he is internationally respected for his playful and lively performances, for his knowledge of stories a... Read Full Biography
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Sherry Robinson

Sherry Robinson


With a background in performing arts, Sherry Robinson is a musician and composer whose sensitivity for the human response to narrative gives rise to the exquisite drama and subtle emotion of her music. From the 1980s to 90s Sherry worked as a musician with singer-songwriters, performance artists, poets, dancers and actors, in numerous London based galleries, theatres & alternative spaces including Whitechapel, Riverside and Chisenhale galleries. She was a member of London Musicians Collective; she performed in bands; worked with impr... Read Full Biography
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Anthony Phelan

Anthony Phelan


Tony Phelan came to Oxford after a long career in German Studies at the University of Warwick: he joined what was a very new University in 1971 and found that, with its expanding campus and the arrival of a major Arts Centre, it provided a growing range of intellectual and artistic stimuli – including the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature and a succession of student drama productions with actors who went on to become household names. Playing in Twelfth Night (Duke), King Lear (Edgar), Troilus and Cressida (Achilles) and ... 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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