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Shakespeare in Music: Catherine Hopper, John Mark Ainsley & James Baillieu

21 October 2015, 18:30 - 20:30

Catherine Hopper mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley tenor
James Baillieu piano

A star team present settings of Shakespeare, through a wide range of composers including Brahms, Strauss, Quilter, and Parry.


Settings of William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Roger Quilter (1877-1953)

Three Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6

  1. Come away, death
  2. O mistress mine
  3. Blow, blow, thou winter wind


Wie erkenn ich dein Treulieb (Johannes Brahms: 1833-1897)
Erstes Lied der Ophelia (Richard Strauss: 1864-1949)
Sein Leichenhemd weiss (Brahms)
Zweites Lied der Ophelia (Strauss)
Auf Morgen ist Sankt Valentins Tag (Brahms)
Drittes Lied der Ophelia (Strauss)

Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)

Under the greenwood tree

Roger Quilter

It was a lover and his lass

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)

Come away, death

Hubert Parry (1848-1918)

O Mistress Mine
No longer Mourn for me
Take, O take Those lips
When Icicles Hang By the Wall MS


Joseph Horovitz (b.1926)

Lady Macbeth – A Scena: ‘Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be’

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

La mort d'Ophélie

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

La mort d'Ophélie

Michael Tippett (1905-1998)

Songs for Ariel

  1. Come unto these yellow sands
  2. Full fathom five
  3. Where the bee sucks

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)


Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)


Eric Coates (1886-1957)

Tell me Where is Fancy bred

Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

Pretty Ringtime
Sigh no more, ladies

Artist Portrait

Catherine Hopper

Catherine Hopper


Catherine Hopper studied Music at the University of Leeds and the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar, Germany graduating with a BMus Hons. She subsequently graduated from Royal Academy Opera with a distinction and the Vice Principal's prize, before completing her studies at the National Opera Studio. She has taken part in Masterclasses with Alfred Brendel and Thomas Quasthoff, Ann Murray, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Thomas Hampson, Dennis O’Neill, Udo Rhineman, Paul Kiesgen, Julian Pike and Felicity Palmer. At RAO Catherine... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

John Mark Ainsley

John Mark Ainsley


Cheshire-born John Mark Ainsley, began his musical training in Oxford and continues to study with Diane Forlano. His concert engagements include appearances with the London Symphony under Sir Colin Davis, Rostropovich and Previn, the Concert D’Astrée under Haim, the London Philharmonic under Norrington, Les Musiciens du Louvre under Minkowski, the Cleveland Orchestra under Welser-Moest, the Berlin Philharmonic under Haitink and Rattle, the Berlin Staatskapelle under Jordan, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Pablo Heras Ca... Read Full Biography
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James Baillieu

James Baillieu


Born in South Africa, James studied in Cape Town and London. He was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Young Classical Artist Trust artist and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award and the Chamber Music and Song Award. He is an International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music and head of the Song Programme at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy. An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James’ partnerships include Lawrence Power... Read Full Biography

Festival Passes

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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