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Exploring Nordic Song

20 October 2018, 10:45 - 16:00


Symposium

Study Event


Thumbnail of Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

St Hilda's College,
Oxford



Join us for a fascinating exploration of the great song traditions of the Nordic lands. Across the day, we introduce and hear songs from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, all with outstanding singers performing in their mother tongue, and expert speakers giving background and context to each section. There is so much glorious music to be heard, with song at the heart of the musical histories of these countries, and the only reason this music is not more familiar is surely the lack of opportunities for non-Nordic singers to be trained in the languages. Today gives a rare and special opportunity to be introduced to some great music, as well as hearing some of the more familiar works by Grieg and Sibelius.

Coffee will be served at 10.30am. At 10.45am Daniel Grimley, Professor of Music at Merton College, will introduce the day ahead and some of the background and common themes to be heard. The four parts that follow each consist of a 20-25 minute introduction and 30-35 minute performance.

After this event, Bengt Forsberg will give a similarly varied solo piano recital, before Sweden is represented by the great soprano Camilla Tilling in the evening concert. The Carice Singers will conclude the day with a choral concert in New College Chapel. A 'Nordic Day Pass' is available to purchase for £60 which will enable you to attend all talks and concerts (excluding meals) across the. You can book this pass under the tickets section at the top of this page.

FINLAND
11am-12pm

Melis Jaatinen mezzo-soprano
Juho Alakärppä piano
Daniel Grimley speaker

Songs by Jean Sibelius, Leevi Madetoja and Toivo Kuula

DENMARK

12.15pm-1.15pm

Mathias Monrad Møller tenor
Dahl Laursen piano
Leah Broad speaker

Songs by Carl Nielsen, Peter Heise and Peter Lange-Müller


LUNCH

1.15pm – 2pm

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


NORWAY

2pm-3pm

Eira Huse mezzo-soprano
Olga Jørgensen piano
Daniel Grimley speaker

Edvard Grieg’s folk-inspired cycle Haugtussa and songs by Ludvig Irgens-Jensen

ICELAND

3pm-4pm

Oddur Jónsson baritone
Somi Kim piano
Hilary Finch speaker

Songs by Atli Heimir Sveinsson, Jórunn Viðar and Sigfús Einarsson, and Icelandic folksongs



Programme


Artist Portrait

Melis Jaatinen

Melis Jaatinen

mezzo-soprano

"Still only one singer stole the show: Turkish-Finnish mezzo Melis Jaatinen, whose Cherubino was gorgeously sung and superlatively characterised in my experience (how on earth did she nail that female-playing-a-male-playing-a-female?) and this is the one opera I've seen more than any others." Andrew Mellor, British The Grammophone, 2014 Mezzo-soprano Melis Jaatinen grew up in Finland in a family with Turkish mother and Finnish father. Music always played an active part in Melis’ life; starting with piano studies at th... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Juho Alakärppä

Juho Alakärppä

Pianist

Juho Alakärppä (b. 1983) is one of the most sought-after young Lied pianists in Finland. He was debuting as a Lied pianist at the Helsinki Festival, the biggest music festival in Finland and has appeared abroad at the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Oxford Festival of the Arts, Oslo Opera and Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, among others. Alakärppä studied piano music, chamber music and Lied interpretation at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at the universities of Cologne, Munich and Vienna with profes... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Daniel Grimley

Daniel Grimley

Speaker

Daniel Grimley is a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford and Douglas Algar tutorial fellow at Merton College. He is currently also Associate Head of Humanities at Oxford with particular responsibility for overseeing research. He is a specialist in Scandinavian and Finnish music, early twentieth-century English music, and music and cultural geography. His books include Grieg: Music, Landscape and Norwegian Identity (Boydell & Brewer, 2006), and Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism (Boydell, 2010). In 2011, he was Scholar-in-Re... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Mathias Monrad Møller

Mathias Monrad Møller

Tenor

Mathias Monrad Møller is a Danish-German tenor and composer. Born 1988 in Odense, Denmark, Mathias grew up in Germany, and was a member of St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig. He performed with them as both chorister and soloist in Germany, and across Europe and Asia. He holds a BA in singing from Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin and an MA from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. At the moment he attends the Opera Academy at the Royal Danish Opera, and is currently making his debut as Ruiz in V... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Linda Dahl Laursen

Linda Dahl Laursen

Pianist

Linda Dahl Laursen was born in the west of Jutland in 1981, and here she received her first musical training. In 1999, 17 years old, she began her professional pianistic education at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Århus under the guidance of docent Aino Gliemann. (1999-2003). Thereafter studies in Malmoe, Sweden with prof. Hans Pålsson, (2003-2007) (master and postgraduate) and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, with Niklas Sivelöv and Jens Elverkjær (2010-2013) (postgraduate) followed. During the spring 20... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Leah Broad

Leah Broad

Speaker

Leah Broad is a Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Oxford. She specialises in Nordic music, particularly of the early twentieth century. She is also active as a journalist; she is a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker, and won the 2015 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism for an article on Jean Sibelius. If you would like to find out more about her work, please visit her website, www.leahbroad.wordpress.com.
Artist Portrait

Eira Huse

Eira Huse

mezzo-soprano

Often praised for her unique timbre and expression, the young Norwegian mezzo-soprano Eira Sjaastad Huse divides her time equally between opera and lieder. Recent opera credits include Ottavia in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (Hampstead Garden Opera) and Bianca in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia (Lidal NORTH/The Norwegian Opera & Ballet). She has performed together with artists such as Henning Kraggerud, Helge Kjekshus, Michael Endres, Clemens Flick and Oliver John-Ruthven; her forthcoming engagements include Dido ... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Olga Jørgensen

Olga Jørgensen

Pianist

Olga Jørgensen graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with a First Class Honours degree in July 2015 where she studied piano with Hamish Milne. She completed her Master's degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music last spring studying with Håvard Gimse and Kathryn Stott. In 2016 she was selected as one of the soloists for 'De Unges Konsert' with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Olga has enjoyed performing in the UK, Norway, Poland, Spain and Malta as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Her playing has b... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Oddur Jónsson

Oddur Jónsson

Baritone

Oddur Jónsson is one of the most significant young vocal talents to have emerged from Iceland in his generation. He recently appeared as Michael in Daníel Bjarnason’s acclaimed new opera Brothers, an award-winning production staged by Kasper Holten. Oddur was named Most Promising Artist at the 2015 Icelandic Music Awards. Oddur made his Paris debut in 2015 singing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Palais Garnier, in a new staging by John Neumeier. Significant operatic roles include Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Wolfra... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Somi Kim

Somi Kim

Pianist

South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim has established herself as one of today's most highly regarded young pianists with a string of competition successes and an extensive concert experience. Somi graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an Advanced Diploma in Performance and Master of Arts with Distinction, receiving the HRH Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize, a DipRAM and the Christian Carpenter Prize for the Best Recital. Somi is the 2017 winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist Prize, an... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Hilary Finch

Hilary Finch

Speaker

Hilary Finch was born in London. She read English and Music at the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge, before joining the staff of The Times in an editorial capacity in 1976. From 1981 she worked freelance, as a music critic and feature writer for The Times, also contributing for many years to Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, and Opera magazine. Other activities have included jury work for The Royal Society of Arts, Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Music Magazine Awards, and the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Lecturing on... Read Full Biography

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