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Poetry Making Song

28 March 2020, 11:00 - 15:00


Study Event

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Holywell Music Room

Holywell St

Oxford Lieder regulars Helen Abbott and Natasha Loges team up to lead an interactive study event looking at some famous poet-composer pairings from the French and German traditions. Using examples from Baudelaire and Debussy, Daumer and Brahms, Goethe and Schubert, and Verlaine and Fauré, we will explore meanings, contexts, and sounds in the poetry that makes up song. The sessions will include live music examples and collaborative poetry readings.

11am – 11.45am
Meanings: Our world collides with the poet’s

12pm – 12.45pm
Contexts: A life in poetry

Lunch break

2pm – 3pm
Sounds: Making the poem into song


A Full Spring Song Pass is available to purchase for £190 representing the best value for the best value for those attending all Spring Song Events.

A Mastercourse Pass* is available to purchase for £45: the best value for those attending 9 sessions or more throughout the week.

An Evening Concert Pass is also available for £165.

All Spring Song Passes are available to purchase on the Booking page.

*Please note, the Mastercourse Pass does not include any evening concerts or the Mastercouse concert on Saturday 4 April 2020.

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Helen Abbott

Helen Abbott


Professor Helen Abbott is a specialist in nineteenth-century French poetry and music at the University of Birmingham (UK). She writes about word-music relationships deployed in poetic language and critical-philosophical texts. An expert in using digital methodologies, she directs the AHRC-funded Baudelaire Song Project which has recently launched a database of over 1,700 songs in 25 languages, and 40 different musical genres The project also showcases a new networked model for analysing and visualising word/mus... Read Full Biography
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Natasha Loges

Natasha Loges


Natasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Reader in Musicology at the Royal College of Music, London. She gained her BMus in piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her MMus at King’s College London, and her PhD at theRoyal Academy of Music, University of London, entitled Text and Context in Brahms’s Lieder. Her books include Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Brahms and His Poets (Boydell, 2017), Brahms in Context (Cambridge... Read Full Biography
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Edward Jowle

Edward Jowle


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Ana Manastireanu

Ana Manastireanu


Ana Manastireanu is currently a Kenneth and Violet Scott Scholar of the Royal College of Music in London, where she is studying towards a Masters of Performance in Collaborative Piano with Kathron Sturrock, Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles. Ana has recently won the Accompanist Prize in the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards held at the Wigmore Hall and in the AESS Courtney Kenny Award, and was selected as a 2019 Leeds Lieder Young Artist. She has also won the Alasdair Graham Pianist Prize in the 2020 RCM Lieder Competition and the Fir... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

Spring Song 2020

Coronavirus: This event has sadly been cancelled - please see this news item for details We’re thrilled to present this newly expanded Spring Song festival, which features outstanding concerts every evening and is the new home of our renowned residential Mastercourse. We welcome exceptional artists for the concert series, several of whom also appear as guest tutors on the ...