We’re delighted to begin an exciting new collaboration between Fairlight Hall and the Oxford Lieder Festival. OLF is the UK’s biggest and most renowned festival of classical song, and the recipient of a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award. As well as presenting many of the world’s greatest musicians in Oxford each October, Oxford Lieder supports the very brightest artists of the new generation both at the Festival and further afield throughout the year. Over the course of the year, Oxford Lieder’s artistic director – the pianist Sholto Kynoch – will introduce exceptional emerging professional singers to Fairlight, in a range of programmes designed to appeal to all and to showcase brilliant young voices and glorious music. Sholto will give a spoken introduction to each programme, and there will be a chance to meet the artists informally over coffee after each of the performances. Concerts last approximately one hour: the perfect way to pass a Sunday morning.
William Morgan tenor
Sholto Kynoch piano
Tenor William Morgan is a Harewood Artist at English National Opera, having studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He is currently working at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is also a passionate song recitalist.
Following on from March’s performance of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben (with mezzo Bethan Langford), Will and Sholto perform another of Schumann’s great cycles, his twelve settings of poems by Justinus Kerner. This extraordinary assortment of songs traverses emotional highs and lows that surely reflect Schumann’s complicated engagement and marriage to Clara Wieck. Alongside this they perform a selection of songs by Henri Duparc, the French composer whose reputation lies entirely on a body of just seventeen songs. Duparc stopped composing abruptly at the age of 35, and never wrote another note though he lived another 50 years! He destroyed most of his works, and almost the only music of his that remains are his songs, each one a perfect gem.
Tickets £10 including coffee and cake