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Burns, Byron & Moore: Gillian Keith, Matthew Hargreaves & Simon Lepper

19 October 2015, 18:30 - 20:30


This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room

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Gillian Keith soprano
Matthew Hargreaves bass-baritone
Simon Lepper piano

Three poets whose far-reaching influence in song may be surprising. From traditional Celtic melodies to songs by Schumann, Loewe and Ives, Gillian Keith (visiting Oxford Lieder for the first time), Matthew Hargreaves and Simon Lepper explore a rich array of settings.


Settings of Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Felix Mendelssohn: Der Blumenkranz
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Gondellied
Robert Schumann: Zwei Venetianische Lieder

Settings of Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Felix Mendelssohn: Schlafloser Augen leuchte
Robert Schumann: Die Weinende
Robert Schumann: Mein Herz ist Schwer

Settings of Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Ignaz Brull: Polly Steward
Carl Loewe: Findlay
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Von dir, mein lieb, ich scheiden muß
Robert Schumann: Jemand
Robert Schumann: Niemand
Robert Schumann: Hochlanders Abschied
Robert Franz: Was pocht mein Herz so sehr
Clara Schumann: Am strande
Felix Mendelssohn: Volkslied


Settings of Lord Byron

Modest Mussorgsky: Song of Saul before his last battle
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Turkish Tale
Miriam Gideon: To Thomas Moore

Settings of Thomas Moore

Benjamin Britten: The last rose of summer
Paul Hindemith: On hearing the last rose of summer (Charles Wolfe)
Charles Ives: Those evening bells
Charles Ives: Night Song
Amy Beach: Canadian Boat Song

Settings of Robert Burns

Dmitri Shostakovich: Coming through the rye
Dmitri Shostakovich: Macpherson's farewell
Benjamin Britten: Wee Willie
Maurice Ravel: Chanson écossaise
Francis George Scott: The Wren's nest
Francis George Scott: My wife's a wanton wee thing
Francis George Scott: A discreet hint

Artist Portrait

Gillian Keith

Gillian Keith


Born in Canada‚ Gillian Keith won the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award‚ made her Royal Opera House debut as Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and has gone on to repeat the role with great success at Ópera de Oviedo and Welsh National Opera. Recent appearances include Miss Spink Coraline world premiere (ROH at the Barbican)‚ the title role in Gloria: a Pig Tale (Bregenz and Buxton Festivals and at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre with The Opera Group)‚ Miss Wordsworth Albert Herrin... Read Full Biography
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Matthew Hargreaves

Matthew Hargreaves


Matthew Hargreaves was born in London and began singing as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rudolph Piernay‚ where he won several prizes including an award from the Wolfson Foundation. He was a finalist in the 1996 International Coloratura Singing Competition in Luxembourg‚ and was the winner of the Decca Prize in the 1997 Kathleen Ferrier Award Competition. Most recent and future engagements include Inspector A Dog’s Heart (La Scala‚ Mil... Read Full Biography
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Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper


Simon read music at King’s College, Cambridge before studying piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music and later with Ruben Lifschitz at the Fondation Royaumont. He is a currently professor of collaborative piano and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also in charge of the collaboarative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Performance highlights have included an invitation from the Wigmor... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

2015 Festival: Singing Words: poets and their songs

Singing Words: Poets and their Songs celebrates the glorious and varied poetry of song and emphasises this unique meeting of words and music. Following the triumph of last year’s ‘The Schubert Project’ and our recent Royal Philharmonic Society Award, we are pleased to present another stellar array of world-renowned artists in the heart of Oxford. Many of the programmes are bas...

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