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LLF24 – Lunchtime Recital: Harriet Burns, Nick Pritchard, Christopher Glynn, Kate Wakeling

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Lunchtime Recital_ Harriet Burns, Nick Pritchard, Kate Wakeling, Christopher Glynn
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Lunchtime recital: MYRTLES

Schumann’s song cycle Myrthen, retold in English by Jeremy Sams, with new poems by Kate Wakeling

Harriet Burns soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Christopher Glynn piano 
Kate Wakeling poet and reader

£13 (unwaged/disabled)
FREE (U30/students)

In 1840, Robert Schumann was finally able to marry the woman he loved – the sensationally gifted pianist Clara Wieck – after a long and bitter legal battle with her father. His hard-won happiness found expression in an extraordinary collection of songs, presented to Clara on the morning of their marriage and named after the white myrtle sprigs that for centuries have symbolised love and hope in every wedding bouquet. With secret messages, riddles and lucky charms, these twenty-six songs are an A-Z of Robert’s hopes, fears, experiences and beliefs as he stands at a crossroads in life.

Performed in English, alongside new poems by Kate Wakeling to set the scene, this is a fresh take on one of the most unusual and captivating of all song cycles.

Sams’s translations are unaffected and idiomatic … an unusually direct Lieder experience – The Guardian

This event is part of the Lunchtime Recitals Pass. Find out more about our Festival Passes here.


A Garland of Song – Kate Wakeling

Free Spirit
The Chestnut Tree

Someone else – Kate Wakeling

Songs of the Inn I
Songs of the Inn II
The Lotus Flower
Suleika’s song

If the heart is a mirror – Kate Wakeling

The Highland Widow
Bridal Song I
Bridal Song II
The Highlander’s Farewell
Highland Lullaby
From the Hebrew Songs

Mask – Kate Wakeling

Venetian Song I
Venetian Song II
The Captain’s Lady
Far away
One lingering teardrop
In the west

These hands – Kate Wakeling

You’re like a flower
Roses from the East

At the last – Kate Wakeling

At the last


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