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The Pilgrimage of the Rose

26 October 2016, 19:30

Schumann's Der Rose Pilgerfahrt ('The Pilgrimage of the Rose') was an enormously popular work in its time. Schumann encountered Moritz Horn's fairytale in 1851 and quickly set it to music. Often thought of as a cantata with full orchestra, the original version was in fact written with piano accompaniment, heard tonight. An endearing narrative - whose players include a love-struck rose, a fairy queen, a grave digger and the handsome son of a forester - and magical music make this a very special occasion.

The title page of the first edition of Der Rose Pilgerfahrt:

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.


  • Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)

  • Einsamkeit (Op. 90 no.5)
  • Meine Rose (Op. 90 no.2)
  • Deklamation Schön Hedwig (Op. 106)
  • ~~~ Interval ~~~
  • Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)

    Der Rose Pilgerfahrt I (Op. 112)

    • 1. Die Frühlingslüfte bringen (Op.112)
    • 2. Johannis war gekommen (Op.112)
    • 3. Elfenreigen: Wir tanzen, wir tanzen (Op.112)
    • 4. Und wie sie sangen (Op.112)
    • 5. So sangen sie, da dammert's schon (Op.112)
    • 6. Bin ein armes Waisenkind (Op.112)
    • 7. Es war der Rose erster Schmerz! (Op.112)
    • 8. Wie Blätter am Baum (Op.112)
    • 9. Die letze Scholl' hinunter rollt (Op.112)
    • 10. Gebet: Dank, Herr, dir dort im Sternenland (Op.112)
  • Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)

    Der Rose Pilgerfahrt II (Op. 112)

    • 11. Ins Haus des Totengräbers (Op.112)
    • 12. Zwischen grünen Bäumen (Op.112)
    • 13. Von dem Greis geleitet (Op.112)
    • 14. Bald hat das neue Töchterlein (Op.112)
    • 15. Bist du im Wald gewandelt (Op.112)
    • 16. Im Wald, gelehnt am Stamme (Op.112)
    • 17. Der Abendschlummer (Op.112)
    • 18. O sel'ge Zeit (Op.112)
    • 19. Wer kommt am Sonntagsmorgen (Op.112)
    • 20. Ei Mühle, liebe Mühle (Op.112)
    • 21. Was klingen denn die Hörner (Op.112)
    • 22. Im Hause des Müllers (Op.112)
    • 23. Und wie ein Jahr verronnen ist (Op.112)
    • 24. Röslein! (Op.112)

Artist Portrait

Christina Gansch

Christina Gansch


Austrian soprano Christina Gansch is the winner of the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Award and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In the 2019/20 season Christina makes her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich as Gretel Hansel und Gretel; Marzelline Fidelio for the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and in a new production for the Glyndebourne Festival and the title role in a new production of Rodelinda for the Händel-Festspiele Göttingen. In concert she sings Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 at the BB... Read Full Biography
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Bethan Langford

Bethan Langford


British Mezzo Soprano Bethan Langford is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio, and this season joins Scottish Opera as an Emerging Artist. Whilst at the Guildhall, she was the recipient of the Susan Longfield prize for accomplished female singer, Paul Hamburger lieder prize and the Violette Szabo award for English Song. Bethan is a Samling Artist, a Les Azuriales Young Artist, a Yeoman of the Musicians' Company and an alumna of the Verbier Festival Academy. She made her Wigmore Hall recita... Read Full Biography
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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson


Acclaimed tenor Ben Johnson represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 and won the Audience Prize. Johnson is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, 2008 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2011 Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent, and a 2013-2015 English National Opera Harewood Artist. Highlights of the 2018/19 season included performances as Tamino Die Zauberflöte with Welsh National Opera and as Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with The Grange Festival, in addition to a new production of Britten&r... Read Full Biography
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Mark Stone

Mark Stone


Baritone Mark Stone was born in London and studied Mathematics at King's College, Cambridge, and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1998 he was awarded the Decca Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Recent operatic engagements include his first foray into Wagner roles last season with acclaimed role debuts as Gunther in Götterdämmerung at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Alberich Das Rheingold at the Longborough Festival. He also sang Papageno Die Zauberflöte with the Welsh Natio... Read Full Biography
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Robert Holl

Robert Holl


Robert Holl was born in Rotterdam. In 1971 he won the First Prize at the International Vocal Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch, followed by studies with Hans Hotter in Munich. In 1972 he won the First Prize at the International Music Competition of the German Broadcasting Association (ARD) in Munich, which resulted in television and radio engagements and orchestral concerts. Between 1973 and 1975 he was a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. After numerous years as a sought-after concert singer and Lieder recitalist, in the 1980s... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography

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