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The Fair Maid of the Mill

25 October 2015, 19:30 - 20:45


This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room

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Schubert’s wonderful cycle of love and loss, Die schöne Müllerin is heard here in English, in a sparkling new translation by Jeremy Sams, renowned for his expertly-crafted and sensitive performing translations. Toby Spence makes a much anticipated return to the Lieder Festival, joined by pianist Christopher Glynn.


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Die schöne Müllerin / The Fair Maid of the Mill

Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827), translated by Jeremy Sams (b.1957)

Das Wandern (‘Somewhere’)
Wohin? (‘Where now?’)
Halt! (‘Stop!’)
Danksagung an den Bach (‘A thank you to the stream’)
Am Feierabend (‘The end of a long day’s work’)
Der Neugierige (‘Curiosity’)
Ungeduld (‘Impatience’)
Morgengruß (‘Good morning’)
Des Müllers Blumen (‘The miller’s flowers’)
Tränenregen (‘Tears like rain’)
Mein! (‘Mine!’)
Pause (‘Interlude’)
Mit dem grünen Lautenbande (‘The green ribbon’)
Der Jäger (‘The huntsman’)
Eifersucht und Stolz (‘Jealousy and Pride’)
Die liebe Farbe (‘Her favourite colour’)
Die böse Farbe (‘The hated colour’)
Trockne Blumen (‘Withered flowers’)
Der Müller und der Bach (‘The Miller and the Brook’)
Des Baches Wiegenlied (‘The Brook sings a lullaby’)

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Toby Spence

Toby Spence


An honours graduate and choral scholar from New College, Oxford, Toby Spence studied at the Opera School of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society 2011 Singer of the Year award. In concert Toby has sung with the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi, Berliner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker under Simon Rattle; San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano; Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Ge... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Christopher Glynn

Christopher Glynn


Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist, working with leading singers, instrumentalists and ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and recordings throughout the world. He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 60 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire. Described by The Times as ‘a superb accompanist’ and praised in Gramophone for his ‘breathtaking sensitivity’, Chris has performed with singers including Sir Thoma... 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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