Family Concerts: The Curious Laboratory of Song
26 October 2016, 11:00
Rochester House, 42 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP
Welcome to the Curious Laboratory of Song: a place where tunes are brewed and poems fizz, where unlikely concoctions of sounds and words summon giants and ghostly towns (as well as a prize-winning nose-picker). Make a musical rainstorm, race time itself 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.
Mezzo-sopranoBritish mezzo-soprano, Katie Bray is fast establishing a colourful international career, most recently engaged as Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera North. She made her solo début with Opera Holland Park as Mallika Lakmé, and returned to ENO in Philip Glass’Akhnaten as well as Garsington Opera to sing Zulma in Will Tuckett’s production of L’Italiana in Algeri. Other engagements include Charlotte Werther at the 2014 Grimeborn Festival, cover Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro in McVicar’s production at... Read Full Biography
TenorDaniel 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
PianistGramophone, reviewing Purer than Pearl, Albion Records’ latest disc of Vaughan Williams song, reserved “a special word of praise for William Vann’s deft pianism”. A multiple-prize winning conductor and accompanist, William performs with a host of major singers and instrumentalists across the world and is the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival. Born in Bedford, he was a Chorister at King's College, Cambridge and a Music Scholar at Bedford School. He subsequently read law and took u... Read Full Biography
NarratorKate Wakeling grew up in Yorkshire and Birmingham. Her debut collection of poems for children, Moon Juice (illustrated by Elīna Brasliņa and published by The Emma Press) won the 2017 CLiPPA and was nominated for the 2018 Carnegie Medal. Kate’s poetry for adults has been published widely, including a pamphlet The Rainbow Faults (The Rialto), and in The Guardian, The Forward Book of Poetry 2016 (Faber & Faber) and The Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt). Kate is writer-in-residence with Aurora Orchestra and the writer for chamber ense... Read Full Biography
This event is part of a series:
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...