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Family Concert

31 October 2015, 11:00 - 12:00


This event will be broadcast from Saint John the Evangelist

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Welcome to the Curious Laboratory of Song: a place where tunes are brewed and poems fizz, where unlikely concoctions of sounds and words summon donkeys, giants and ghostly towns (as well as a prize-winning nose-picker).

Make a musical rainstorm, race a spinning wheel and coax the jolliest of boatmen back to shore in this interactive storytelling concert, including music by Schubert, Poulenc, Wolf (he doesn’t bite) and Copland.

With pianist Will Vann, mezzo-soprano Katie Bray and tenor Daniel Norman. Written & created by Kate Wakeling.

Recommended age 5+.

(Please note children are welcome completely free: we have reluctantly introduced a small charge for adults due to a high number of people in previous years booking free tickets and then not attending, blocking others from enjoying this sell-out event)

Artist Portrait

William Vann

William Vann


A multiple-prize winning and critically acclaimed conductor and accompanist, William Vann is equally at home on the podium or at the piano. Gramophone, reviewing Purer than Pearl, Albion Records’ 2016 disc of Vaughan Williams song, reserved “a special word of praise for William Vann’s deft pianism”; his recent revival of Hubert Parry’s oratorio Judith at Royal Festival Hall “was an unalloyed triumph for William Vann…he had complete command of the score and evident belief in the music” (Seen an... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Katie Bray

Katie Bray


Winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at Cardiff Singer of the World 2019, British mezzo-soprano Katie Bray has become known for her magnetic stage presence and gleaming, expressive tone. Recent roles for Opera North include Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Varvara Katya Kabanova, Louis XV Chair/Female Cat/Owl L’enfant et les sortilèges, Lola Cavalleria Rusticana, and Nancy Albert Herring and she has also sung for English National Opera (Daughter Akhnaten and The Way Back Home), Scottish O... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Daniel Norman

Daniel Norman


Daniel Norman was a choral scholar at New College Oxford, where he read Engineering. He went on to study in the US and Canada and at the Royal Academy of Music. Concert performances have included Wozzeck with Daniel Harding and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Evangelist in Bach St John Passion at the Royal Festival Hall, Tippett A Child of Our Time with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia, Britten Les Illuminations and Mozart Requiem with Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic, Britten Nocturne with Edward Gardner, ... 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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