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Social DistanSong Day One: Ailish Tynan, James Baillieu, Helen Abbott & Natasha Loges

28 March 2020, 10:00 - 23:55

Welcome everyone! Our impromptu 'Social Distansong' festival starts here. We have a number of offerings today: Helen Abbott and Natasha Loges give adapted versions of their talks that were due to take place as part of the 'Poetry Making Song' study day; Ailish Tynan and James Baillieu have remotely recorded a Grieg song from their programme plus a special encore; and Ailish has put together a Spotify playlist of her favourite recordings of the songs she would have been performing tonight. It's certainly not the same as a live Festival, but we hope that this will give you something to enjoy.

Remember that you can find texts and translations of all the songs that were due to be performed today in the 'Explore' section on the main menu above.

Helen Abbott: Poetry Making Song

Helen presents her talk 'in conversation' with her husband, Richard Longman. Underneath the video are links to the various recordings she mentioned: you can pause the film and watch these (they will open in new tabs) or just enjoy them afterwards.

Links for songs referenced in Helen Abbott's talk:

Fauré Clair de lune

Veronique Gens + Roger Vignoles

Philippe Jaroussky + Jérôme Ducros

Fauré Après un rêve

Sandrine Piau + Susan Manoff

Véronique Gens + Roger Vignoles

Cello + orchestra arrangement: Gautier Capuçon + Orchestre de Chambre de Paris

Percy Grainger piano arrangement: Leslie Howard

Jazz arrangement: Arturo Sandoval

Natasha Loges: Poetry Making Song

Natasha has recorded her talk over a PowerPoint presentation. Again, you'll need to pause it to listen to the recordings she references, and the links to those are underneath this video.

Links for songs referenced in Natasha Loges's talk:

Click here for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau & Hertha Klust (1955)

Click here for Wolfgang Holzmair & Imogen Cooper (2002)

A welcome from Ailish Tynan, with Grieg's 'Ein Traum' performed and recorded remotely by Ailish Tynan and James Baillieu

Click here for Ailish Tynan's Social DistanSong Playlist on Spotify*.

*You will need to be a Spotify user to listen to this.

And finally, an encore from Ailish and James...

Artist Portrait

Ailish Tynan

Ailish Tynan


Irish soprano Ailish Tynan won the 2003 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Ailish was a member of the prestigious Vilar Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a BBC New Generation Artist. Ailish established herself with operatic roles including Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (The Royal Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera); Madame Cortese Il viaggio a Reims, Marzelline Fidelio and Madame Podtotshina’s Daughter The Nose (The Royal Opera); Vixen The Cunning Littl... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

James Baillieu

James Baillieu


Born in South Africa, James studied in Cape Town and London. He was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Young Classical Artist Trust artist and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award and the Chamber Music and Song Award. He is an International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music and head of the Song Programme at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy. An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James’ partnerships include Lawrence Power... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

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
Artist Portrait

Natasha Loges

Natasha Loges


Natasha Loges was appointed Professor of Musicology at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in spring 2022. Her books include Brahms and His Poets (2017), and the coedited collections Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (2014), Brahms in Context (2019), Musical Salon Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (2019) and German Song Onstage (2020), and she has published various chapters and essays in edited collections. Her work has been funded by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the American Musicological S... Read Full Biography

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Social DistanSong

In these strange and unsettling times, we're delighted to present our much-reduced virtual spring festival in place of Spring Song.  From 27 March to 4 April, we'll be bringing you exclusive content to enjoy from the artists and speakers who were due to take part. Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, tells us more about what's coming up in the video below... [youtube url=http...

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