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Come, Comfort of the World: Kate Royal & Joseph Middleton

26 October 2018, 19:30

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Kate Royal is one of today's star sopranos, hailed as a 'compelling recitalist' (The Telegraph) with a 'rapturous voice' (Gramophone). She and well-known pianist Joseph Middleton perform Schumann's settings of the Franco-German poet and botanist, Adalbert von Chamisso: the touching and ever-popular cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, written in Schumann's 'annus mirabilis', 1840.

Other Schumann songs are also included, as well as Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs, settings of anonymous medieval Irish poems translated by, amongst others, W.H. Auden.

Click here to buy your programme pass for all evening concerts (12 - 27 October 2018) for just £40.

All programme passes will be available to collect from the Friends of Oxford Lieder Desk at all concerts.

Artist Portrait

Kate Royal

Kate Royal


Kate Royal was born in London and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the 2004 John Christie Award, and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. In concert Kate has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vassily Petrenko, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Pablo Heras-Casado, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Ad... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Joseph Middleton

Joseph Middleton


Joseph Middleton is Director of Leeds Lieder, Musician in Residence at Pembroke College, Cambridge and a Fellow of his alma mater, the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a professor. He was the first accompanist to win the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award. He is a frequent guest at major music centres, including New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Zurich Tonhalle, Kölner Philharmonie, Oper Frankfurt, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Musée d’Orsay Paris, Oji Hal... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

The Grand Tour – A European Journey in Song

The 17th Oxford Lieder Festival will celebrate a rich tapestry of music, words and performance in European song. Our Grand Tour of song will showcase the pinnacles of the repertoire while exploring wider cultural and geographical influences. International stars, prize-winning young artists and a wide range of concerts and other related events will take us on this beguiling journey. View the ...