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07. The Beginning of Spring: Poetry and Song after the Death of Stalin

28 February 2021, 13:30 - 14:30



Philip Ross Bullock looks at the rebirth of lyric poetry and song after the death of Stalin in March 1953. Tracing how writers and musicians responded to the greater cultural freedom that were integral to the Khrushchev 'Thaw', he examines how lyric forms could respond to important contemporary themes in Soviet society. Philip’s talk is illustrated by three artists who also impressed at the Song Connections events in our ‘Connections Across Time’ Festival.

This event will be streamed completely live from the Holywell Music Room. Shortly afterwards, it will also be available to watch again, using the same ticket and link, until 21 March (11 April for Pioneer Pass holders). Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.


Watch a short clip of Helen and Natalie performing Elgar for October's Song Connections events from the Oxford Museum of Natural History:


Artist Portrait

Philip Ross Bullock

Philip Ross Bullock

Speaker

Philip Ross Bullock is Professor of Russian Literature and Music at the University of Oxford, Fellow and Tutor in Russian at Wadham College, Lecturer in Russian at Christ Church, Magdalen and Worcester Colleges, and Director of TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Before coming to Oxford, he taught at University College London and Bangor University, and has held visiting fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Institute for Advanced Study in Paris. Philip studied French, German and Russian at Dur... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Helen Charlston

Helen Charlston

Mezzo-soprano

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
Artist Portrait

Natalie Burch

Natalie Burch

Pianist

An alumna of Chetham’s School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Natalie Burch is widely in demand as a collaborative pianist across London and the UK. She won the accompaniment prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane Awards at Wigmore Hall, was a finalist alongside 2nd Prize winner James Way at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is a 2018 Britten-Pears, Leeds Lieder and Samling Artist. Much in demand as a song specialist she regularly collaborates with a number of award-winning artists. Recent and future projects incl... Read Full Biography
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Oliver Johnston

Oliver Johnston

Tenor

A graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, Oliver Johnston has appeared as Stroh, Intermezzo and Fenton, Falstaff for Garsington Opera, 2nd Nazarene for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits, Levko, May Night for the Royal Academy of Music, Narraboth, Salome and Novice, Billy Budd for Opera North and the Aldeburgh Festival, a staged version of Handel’s Messiah with the Opéra and Ballet National de Bordeaux, Vaughan-Williams’ Serenade to Music under Vladimir Jurowski with the London Philharmonic Orchestr... Read Full Biography

Tickets

Tickets
Online Streaming Access £5.00
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Under-35s Ticket
£3.00

Festival Passes

Tickets
Online Streaming Access
Pioneer Plus Pass
£100.00
Online Streaming Access
Pioneer Pass
£80.00
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Standard Weekend Pass
£40.00
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Under-35s Weekend Pass
£15.00

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This event is part of a series:

Winter into Spring – The Changing Seasons

To lift the spirits after what is set to be a rather bleak winter, we’ve brought forward our spring weekend and will present another online-only 'mini festival', with eight events over two days broadcast live from the Holywell Music Room, and a special late-night concert from Merton College Chapel. Highlights will include the great German baritone Dietrich Henschel singing Wi...

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