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Songs of the Young: Sophie Daneman, Mark Stone & Sholto Kynoch

27 October 2016, 13:10

A concert for adults and children alike: a sparkling world premiere by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Schumann’s songs for the young

Schumann wrote his Liederalbum für die Jugend (‘Song Album for the Young’) in 1849, the same year he and his family fled Dresden in the midst of revolution. While it may seem surprising that he would write songs for children under such circumstances, it was noted by Clara Schumann and others that he retreated further into his music and that many pieces of the time had a levity that was perhaps a sort of counter-weight to the turmoil around him. Today’s concert begins with a selection of these enchanting songs, with a directness of storytelling that is alluring to both children and adults.

We are thrilled to present the world-premiere of The Thought Machine, a specially-commissioned song cycle by leading composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, setting texts from Moon Juice, a new collection of children’s poetry by Kate Wakeling. Described as a ‘remarkable talent’ (The Times), Frances-Hoad has created an exhilarating sequence of songs that – like Schumann’s songs – are accessible and attractive to all. Mysterious machines and whirling comets, Rita the Pirate and the Hamster Man are all brought to life in brilliantly vivid and inventive music and words.

Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, is joined by two leading singers; Sophie Daneman and Mark Stone, both well known to Oxford Lieder audiences as well as on major stages the world over.

'Frances-Hoad's new work had vision and radiance' (The Guardian)
...sometimes impassioned, sometimes mercurial, always compelling in its authority’ (The Spectator)

'A poet to watch, her work an April rainbow of freshness and surprise' (The Guardian)

An extract from Moon Juice, published in September 2016 by The Emma Press (yes, Skig the Warrior makes an appearance in The Thought Machine):

Why not purchase a Lunchtime Pass? This pass gives access to all ten lunchtime recitals, weekdays at 1:10pm, for £100. The price includes a discount and provides access to popular recitals which have sold out, such as Roderick Williams on Monday the 24th of October and Dame Felicity Lott on Wednesday the 26th. Click here to purchase.


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Sophie Daneman

Sophie Daneman


Sophie Daneman studied at the Guildhall School of Music and has established an international reputation in a wide ranging repertoire. Her passion and affinity for the baroque repertoire has led to her collaborating with many of the leading specialists in this field and in particular William Christie and les Arts Florissants. An accomplished recitalist, Sophie Daneman has appeared at many of the world’s major recital venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Musikverein Vienna, and Carnegie Hall. In recent ye... 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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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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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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