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Forgotten Voices: Women Composers in Song / Hedwige Chrétien (Part Two)

20 March 2022, 14:00 - 17:00



Presented in association with SWAP'ra

This year’s Spring Song focuses on women composers, the countless gifted figures who vanished from our recital stages. Over the course of four lecture- recitals, with an array of exceptional artists curated and led by the ever-brilliant Natasha Loges, we will celebrate and explore songs by four composers: Hedwige Chrétien, Margarete Schweikert, Elizabeth Maconchy and Johanna Müller-Hermann, showing how their music both fitted into and challenged expectations of song composition in their day. We will also be launching the Forgotten Voices resources about women composers on the Oxford Lieder website.


Hedwige Chrétien, 2pm-3pm

Natasha Loges speaker
Leah Broad speaker
Sophie Bevan soprano
Anna Tilbrook piano

Hedwige Chrétien (1859-1944) was a highly regarded French composer, and Professor at the Paris Conservatoire, who wrote an impressive body of songs. This lecture recital includes songs by Chrétien and by Hector Berlioz.


Johanna Müller-Hermann, 4pm-5pm

Natasha Loges speaker
Leah Broad speaker
James Atkinson baritone
Anna Tilbrook piano

Johanna Müller-Hermann (1878-1941) was an Austrian composer, who studied with Zemlinsky and was later theory and composition tutor at the New Vienna Conservatory. She was hugely well known in the first decades of the 20th century, and her songs in particular are now enjoying an overdue revival. This lecture recital features songs by Müller-Hermann and by Richard Strauss.


Interested in this event? You might also like Forgotten Voices: Women Composers in Song / Margarete Schweikert & Elizabeth Maconchy on March 19th, 11:30am-5pm.


SWAP'ra have received generous support from the Wavendon Foundation, the Golsoncott Foundation, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, The Winship Foundation, and the Royal Musical Association.


Festival Suppers

Click here to join us at The Nosebag for tonight's festival dinner, the perfect break between this study event and the evening concert.


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TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

Watch Kitty Whately perform with pianist Simon Lepper at the Oxford Lieder Festival 2020.


Programme


Artist Portrait

Sophie Bevan

Sophie Bevan

Soprano

Sophie Bevan studied at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School where she was awarded the Queen Mother Rose Bowl Award. Her operatic roles include Polissena Radamisto, Yum Yum Mikado, Télaïre in Rameau’s Castor & Pollux, the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen and Ninetta La gazza ladra. Sophie made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as the Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried and returned as Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Antigone Oedipe and Sophie in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier. She sang... Read Full Biography
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James Atkinson

James Atkinson

Baritone

British baritone James Atkinson studies at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio with Alison Wells. He is a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar and is kindly supported by a Sybil Tutton Opera Award and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. With the RCM Opera Studio, James has sung the roles of Buonafede (Il mondo della luna), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Le Gendarme (Les mamelles de Tirésias) and Blazes (The Lighthouse) and was to perform Ramiro (L’heure espagnole) in March 2020. Other roles include Lysander (The Enchanted Isla... Read Full Biography
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Anna Tilbrook

Anna Tilbrook

Pianist

Anna Tilbrook has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including Ian Bostridge, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Tynan, Barbara Hannigan, Emma Bell, Nick Daniel, Natalie Clein, Philip Dukes and Guy Johnston, as well as the Fitzwilliam, Carducci, Sacconi, Elias, Navarra and Barbirolli String Quartets. Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 she has become a regular artist at all the leading concert halls and festivals. She has also accompanied Jose Carreras, Angela Georghiu and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts. Anna regularly coa... Read Full Biography
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Natasha Loges

Natasha Loges

Speaker

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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Leah Broad

Leah Broad

Speaker

Leah Broad is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Her first book, a biography of four British women composers — Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Dorothy Howell, and Doreen Carwithen — will be published by Faber & Faber in March 2023. She is a BBC New Generation Thinker so is frequently on BBC radio discussing music history, and has previously won the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. She wrote her DPhil on Nordic theatre music, focused on Jean Sibelius, Wilhelm Stenhammar, and Ture R... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

Spring Song 2022

We're thrilled to announce our spring festival, Spring Song, which sees us back fully in person at the Holywell Music Room and in the superb new concert hall at Trinity College, with a four-day feast of song recitals, study events, auditions for our new and enhanced Young Artist Programme, and more. We cannot wait to see you there!  

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