Sat 22 Apr,
New student collaborations (St Anne’s, St Hilda’s and the Ruskin School of Art)
Fun family-friendly concerts
Performing the works of Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn
The Festival’s participants take to the stage with fresh guidance from the world’s most esteemed pianists echoing in their ears. Be sure not to miss t...
Fun family-friendly concert
Recital of Russian contemporary pieces plus works by Shostakovich PRE-CONCERT TALK at 6:45pm
Sorabji’s 4-hour masterpiece performed in 3 parts. PRE-CONCERT TALK at 2:30pm
Debussy Cello Sonata plus works by Honegger, Caplet and Ravel PRE-CONCERT TALK at 6:45pm
Brahms Requiem (London version)
Take him, earth, for cherishing: Howells
Geistliches Lied: Brahms
with Ed Ballard baritone
Anna Markland, Ian Buckle piano
Excalibur Voices are joined by a wonderful piano duo for this performance of Brahms Requiem in the composer's own "London" version. Hearing the music in this way reminds us that Brahms is, above all, a composer of great chamber music. Stripped of a dense orchestration, a handpicked choir and expressive pianists can allow vocal colour and flexible musicianship to come to the fore.
Since winning BBC Young Musician of the year in 1982 Anna Markland has enjoyed a varied and busy musical career combining performing careers as both a singer and a pianist. In a [possible] world first, she will spring from the piano stool for the beautiful soprano solo. She will be complemented by baritone Ed Ballard's "warm tones and superb phrasing".
A short first half comprises more lyrical Brahms and a great a capella work by the English composer Herbert Howells. Take him, earth, for cherishing was written for a memorial service for JFK. Besides a number of intriguing thematic resemblances, Howells shares with Brahms the sense that such a memorial exists not to assist the soul on its journey, but to comfort those left behind.
Duration: 2 hours with interval