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Clara's Piano: Bryony Williams, John Mark Ainsley & David Owen Norris

19 October 2016, 19:30

Regretfully, John Mark Ainsley has had to withdraw from this concert due to illness. The renowned tenor, Ben Johnson, will take his place and the programme will remain unchanged.

Pianist, writer and broadcaster David Owen Norris plays on one of Clara Schumann's own pianos, recently arrived on long-term at the Birmingham Conservatoir. Exploring the sound world of the 1840s, his programme with Bryony Williams and John Mark Ainsley includes songs by Clara Schumann, as well as Robert's settings of Eichendorff, the Op. 39 Liederkreis. They also perform songs by William Sterndale Bennett, the English composer who was Schumann's friend and the founder of the UK's first Bach Society, whose 200th anniversary falls this year.

You may also enjoy our public masterclass this afternoon with world-renowned mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker, as she leads four talented young duos through Schumann's Eichendorff Liederkreis, Op.39 (2:30pm at Magdalen College).

David Owen Norris plays the 'Clara piano':

Festal supper will be available from 6:30pm every evening (except Thursday 20th). Enjoy a delicious hot main meal and side dish between the afternoon and evening recitals for just £11. Our food partners this year are the Vaults & Garden Café, The Oxford University Club, and St Stephen’s House. Please book by midnight the day before by clicking here.

See your name (or that of a dedicatee) alongside the Schumann song of your choice and help ensure the future of Oxford Lieder by sponsoring a song from £25. Thank you.

Artist Portrait

Bryony Williams

Bryony Williams


Bryony Williams is one of New Zealand’s most promising emerging sopranos. She began studying for her Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music with Lynne Dawson in 2012, which she passed with Distinction. She then took up a place on the prestigious Opera and Voice studio leading to the International Artist Diploma for 2013/2014, generously supported by the Sir John Fisher Foundation who awarded her the Lady Maria Fisher Opera Scholarship. Born in Canterbury, England, Bryony spent much of he... 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
Artist Portrait

David Owen Norris

David Owen Norris


David Owen Norris is a pianist, broadcaster & composer. ‘A famous thinker/philosopher of the keyboard’ (Seattle Times) ‘One of the most iconic personalities in English music of any period’ (Revue Musicale) ‘Quite possibly the most interesting pianist in the world’ (Globe & Mail, Toronto) David Owen Norris, the first winner of the Gilmore Artist Award, has played concertos all over North America and Australia, along with several appearances in the BBC Proms... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

The Schumann Project

The Schumann Project: 14-29 October 2016 The fifteenth Oxford Lieder Festival will be the Schumann Project, a unique survey of Schumann's complete songs. The Schumann Project will explore Schumann's life and times, his friends and contemporaries, his influences and his legacies, and his literary and artistic interests. This two-week feast of song will feature Oxford Lieder's trad...

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