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Song at Wolfson / Helen Charlston: Haydn, Brahms and Clara Schumann

07 May 2020, 18:00

The outstanding young mezzo Helen Charlston will perform Haydn's 'cantata' Arianna a Naxos, which explores the dramatic abandonment of the Cretan Princess Ariadne by Theseus, and was an immediate hit when it was written in 1789. Helen, a City Music Foundation Artist and Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, also sings a selection of Brahms songs, including favourites 'Von ewiger Liebe' and 'Die Mainacht'. Her programme concludes with the six songs Op.13 of Clara Schumann: following the centenary celebrations of Clara Schumann in 2019, her place as a leading song composer is now firmly established and these are amongst her finest and most poignant songs.

After the concerts at Wolfson, book a table at the nearby Cherwell Boathouse and show your ticket to enjoy a complimentary glass of Gusborne Estate sparkling wine with your dinner. Booking essential: see website for details -

Artist Portrait

Helen Charlston

Helen Charlston


Hailed “a rather special mezzo” (Music Web International), Helen is a young artist increasingly in demand in the UK and abroad. Recent concert highlights include debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Handel Messiah/Stephen Layton), Royal Northern Sinfonia (Mendelssohn Lobgesang/Paul McCreesh) and at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona (Bach Matthew Passion/Gabrieli Consort and Players); a worldwide tour of Handel Messiah with the Seattle Symphony, the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphon... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography

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Song at Wolfson 2019/20

We are delighted our 'Song at Wolfson' series is returning for another year of early-evening song recitals in collaboration with Wolfson College.   The auditorium at Wolfson is an ideal space for song performance: intimate, with excellent acoustics and a fine Steinway piano. The series showcases outstanding singers who are in the early stages of highly suc...

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