Nuits d'Afrique: Harriet Burns, Adam Walker, Brian O'Kane and James Baillieu
22 October 2018, 17:30 - 18:30
An astonishing team of artists assemble for this concert, including star flautist Adam Walker. They perform Ravel’s Chansons Madécasses - ‘Madagascan Songs’ - scored for the unusual ensemble of voice, flute, cello and piano. They also include a new cycle by the Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir: Nuits d’Afrique. This was written for the same forces as the Ravel, and was premiered last year at Wigmore Hall. We also hear works by Saint-Saëns and Berlioz in this glorious programme.
PLEASE NOTE: Harriet Burns has replaced Ailish Tynan due to illness.
Philippe Gaubert (1879 - 1941)Soir Païen
Philippe Gaubert (1879 - 1941)Ballade
Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Frank Martin (1892 - 1974)Ballade
Judith Weir (b. 1954)
SopranoDescribed as “confident, polished, witty, expressive and sweet toned” (The Times), British soprano Harriet Burns is fast developing a reputation as an acclaimed interpreter of song. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder Festivals, International Lied Festival Zeist, Ryedale Festival and de Singel with pianists including James Baillieu, Imogen Cooper, Christopher Glynn, Graham Johnson, Sholto Kynoch, Malcolm Martineau, Joseph Middleton and Ian Tindale. In 2019 Harriet’s... Read Full Biography
FlautistAt the forefront of a new generation of wind soloists, Adam Walker was appointed principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at the age of 21 and received the Outstanding Young Artist Award at MIDEM Classique in Cannes. In 2010 he won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award. An ambassador for the flute with a ferocious appetite for repertoire, Adam’s interests range from the less well-known French Baroque through to newly commission... Read Full Biography
CellistBrian O’Kane is quickly establishing himself as one of the finest Irish musicians of his generation and is in increasing demand as both a soloist and chamber musician. He came to prominence by taking first prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition and is also a former prizewinner of the Royal Overseas League Competition. a former winner of the Accenture Bursary Award and Camerata Ireland Young Musician Award. In 2008, Brian performed with Camerata Ireland in Dublin’s National Concert Hall under Barry Douglas ... Read Full Biography
PianistBorn in South Africa, James studied in Cape Town and London. He was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Young Classical Artist Trust artist and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award and the Chamber Music and Song Award. He is an International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music and head of the Song Programme at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy. An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James’ partnerships include Lawrence Power... Read Full Biography
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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 ...