Late Style & Legacy
28 October 2016, 10:30 - 29 October 2016, 17:00
This event will be broadcast from Okinaga Room
As the end of The Schumann Project approaches, Laura Tunbridge leads a fascinating study day on Schumann's later works and on his legacy, including two fantastic concerts featuring singers Aoife Miskelly, Johnny Herford and James Gilchrist.
LATE STYLE & LEGACY PART 1
10.30am Welcome and coffee
11am Laura Tunbridge introduces the 'problems' associated with Schumann's later works.
11.30am Natasha Loges talks about the arrival of Brahms in the Schumanns' lives in 1853, and both the creative inspiration and the difficulties that followed.
12 pm Lunch break
1.10pm Lunchtime recital given by Aoife Miskelly, Johnny Herford & William Vann (please see lunchtime listing for more information). This lunchtime recital is included in the Late Style & Legacy ticket.
LATE STYLE & LEGACY PART II
2.30pm Laura Tunbridge talks with Dr John Spicer about Schumann's final illness and years in the asylum in Bonn.
CONCERT: 3.15pm (Holywell Music Room) - Ensemble ISIS, the University of Oxford's contemporary music ensemble, perform Robin Holloway's Fantasy Pieces on the Heine Liederkreis of Schumann, with pianist Maki Sekiya, which incorporates a performance by James Gilchrist and Maki Sekiya of the Op. 24 Liederkreis. Introduced by the composer.
4.30pm Robert Saxton, Professor at the Oxford Faculty of Music, talks with composer Robin Holloway about their experiences of Schumann and the part his music has played in their own compositional lives.
SpeakerLaura Tunbridge is a musicologist whose research has centred on German Romanticism, with a particular interest in vocal and chamber music and its reception through criticism, performance, and composition. She studied at Oxford (B.A.), Nottingham (M.A.) and Princeton (PhD) and taught at the Universities of Reading and Manchester before joining the Faculty of Music at Oxford in 2014, where she is now a Professor and Henfrey Fellow and tutor in music at St Catherine’s College. Laura’s books include Schumann’s Late Style (C... Read Full Biography
SpeakerNatasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Reader in Musicology at the Royal College of Music, London. She gained her BMus in piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her MMus at King’s College London, and her PhD at theRoyal Academy of Music, University of London, entitled Text and Context in Brahms’s Lieder. Her books include Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Brahms and His Poets (Boydell, 2017), Brahms in Context (Cambridge... Read Full Biography
SopranoNorthern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly studied as a Sickle Foundation Scholar at the Royal Academy Opera under Jennifer Dakin and Audrey Hyland, graduating with the Regency Award in 2012. During her studies, Aoife was a Kathleen Ferrier Awards finalist (2010), won a BBC Northern Ireland Young Artists Platform Award (Arts Council of NI sponsored), and was a Samling Scholar and Britten-Pears Young Artist. During the 2012/14 seasons Aoife was part of the opera studio at Cologne Opera, including singing roles on the main stage such as Gil... Read Full Biography
BaritoneJohnny Herford was the winner of the Song Prize at the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and of the Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, is a Samling Scholar and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears School, and studied with Thomas Quasthoff at the Verbier Festival. Johnny Herford’s current engagements include his debut at English National Opera and he will create the central role in the World Premiere of Peter Eötvös’s The Golden Dragon for Mu... Read Full Biography
PianistA 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
TenorJames Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest was fired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. James’ extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Labadie, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket, Masaaki Suzuki and the late Richard H... Read Full Biography
PianistBorn in Tokyo, Maki Sekiya started piano lessons at the age of 4. Maki’s public career began when she was 10 years old and she appeared on Japanese television; later that year she performed in several of the biggest halls in Tokyo. When she was 11 years old, Maki and her family moved to London and she won a scholarship to the prestigious Purcell School of Music in Hertfordshire. She was described then by the London Evening Standard as “the piano prodigy of tremendous inner rhythm and vitality”. As a teenager, Maki performed... 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...