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Mahler: A life in Song Part I

14 October 2017, 11:00 - 15:00


Study Event

Thumbnail of Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

St Hilda's College,

Gavin Plumley leads two fascinating study days (see also Saturday 21), in association with the Mahler Society. Joined by an exceptional team of musicians, in his lecture-recitals he will guide us through Mahler’s world, exploring his life, songs and surroundings in depth, and casting the composer in a more varied light than does the usual view of him as an epic symphonist. A linchpin of this year’s Festival and fascinating for all, whether you know Mahler inside out or are coming to him for the first time.


11am Welcome coffee

11.30am Lecture-recital part one

12.45pm A light lunch is available and must be pre-booked (£7)

1.30pm Lecture-recital part two

Artist Portrait

Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Marta Fontanals-Simmons


Described as possessing “real star quality” (Times) and giving a “a powerhouse performance that's a vocal and physical tour de force” (whatsonstage), Marta has completed both postgraduate and Opera Course training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the tuition of Marilyn Rees. She is supported by the Gwen Catley Scholarship, the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a Sybil Tutton Award. She is a Concordia Foundation Concert Artist and joined the Tillett Tr... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Benedict Nelson

Benedict Nelson


Highlights of the 2017/18 season include Donnacha Dennehy’s acclaimed The Second Violinist for Wide Open Opera, title role in Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria on tour in the United States with Circa Contemporary Circus, and Henry Cuffe in Britten Gloriana for Teatro Real. In concert he will sing Orff Carmina Burana with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Aurora Orchestra, and recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival. Recent operatic highlights include the title ... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper


Simon Lepper read music at King’s College, Cambridge. He is a professor of piano accompaniment and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the piano accompaniment course. He is an official accompanist for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Performance highlights have included an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx; a recital tour with Stéphane Degout which included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Gavin Plumley

Gavin Plumley


Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster, pondering everything from Helena Bonham-Carter’s hair in the 80s to Georg Friedrich Haas’s search for a unique sound. Well known for his work on Central Europe and classical music, Gavin is equally at home on Broadway and in Tolstoy’s Russia. You can find his work in newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes around the world. He appears frequently on BBC Radio 3, both as a guest and as a presenter, and on BBC Radio 4. Gavin also edits other people’s writing, a... Read Full Biography


Call: 01865 591 276

General Admission £20.00
Lunch Ticket
General Admission
Under 35s Ticket

This event is part of a series:

The Schumann Project

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