33. Solace in Nature
16 October 2020, 15:00 - 16:00
Presented in association with TORCH, with support from the Humanities Cultural Programme, the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, and the Oxford Department of Psychiatry
This is the second of our events in collaboration with the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum: today is also jointly presented with the Oxford Department of Psychiatry. Three fascinating speakers discuss nature, mental health, wellbeing and music, with particular reference to the poet and composer Ivor Gurney. The event will be filmed in the magical surroundings of Harcourt Arboretum and will explore how various landscapes and flora were important to Gurney and other composers.
John Geddes is Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Chris Thorogood is Deputy Director of the Botanic Garden. Kate Kennedy is Associate Director of the Oxford Centre for Life Writing: she has lectured in both English and Music, has written books on Britten and Ivor Gurney, and is currently working on a triple biography of Rupert Brooke and composers FS Kelly and William Denis Browne.
Mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons has had tremendous recent success at the Royal Opera and English National Opera, and was an acclaimed Cherubino for Garsington Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro in 2017. She is joined by the outstanding American-British pianist Lana Bode, who created a brilliant and memorable recital entitled ‘Dreams’ for the 2015 Lieder Festival, and they will intersperse the event with songs.
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)Mein Wagen rollet langsam (Op. 142 no.4) from Vier Gesänge
Ivor Gurney (1890 - 1937)Sleep from Five Elizabethan Songs
- Severn Meadows
- Lonely Night from Seven Sappho Songs
Dominick Argento (1927 - 2019)War from From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
SpeakerDr Kate Kennedy has held a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the English Faculty, Cambridge, and is the Weinrebe Research Fellow in Life-writing at Wolfson College, Oxford. She lectures in both music and English, and specialises in interdisciplinary biography. Her biography Dweller in Shadows: Ivor Gurney, poet, composer will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016, and she is currently working on a triple biography of Rupert Brooke and composers FS Kelly and William Denis Br... Read Full Biography
SpeakerChris Thorogood is Deputy Director and Head of Science at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. Dr Thorogood researches the evolutionary genetics of plants, plant taxonomy and biodiversity hotspots. Specifically he is interested in speciation and adaptive radiations in poorly known parasitic and carnivorous plant groups, and also in taxonomic diversity in biodiversity hotspots including the Mediterranean Basin region and Japan. He is based at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and works in close collaboration with other scientists at... Read Full Biography
Mezzo-sopranoPraised for her “warm mezzo” (The Telegraph) and “velvet-voice” (Daily Telegraph), British-Spanish mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons recently made critically acclaimed house and role debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Siébel in David McVicar's production of Faust and as Hel in the world premiere of Gavin Higgins The Monstrous Child at the Linbury Theatre. Upcoming highlights in the 2019/20 season include her house and role debut at English National Opera as Eurydice Woman in Daniel Kr... Read Full Biography
PianistPianist Lana Bode graduated with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied with Andrew West. Her training included masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Iain Burnside and Julius Drake. Lana has performed at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Awards include the Paul Hamburger Prize for Song Accompaniment and the Concert Recital Diploma (GSMD). Lana is a Samling Artist, a Leverhulme Artist and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist... Read Full Biography
This event is part of a series:
Over a packed eight days, world-class artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams will present some 40 concerts and events, from venues across Oxford and completely live. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to enjoy these concerts live-streamed in the highest quality. We’ll be exploring every possible advantage of this temporary ...