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The Year of Song
Song Day 2

Saturday 29 February 2020 at 3.00PM
National Centre for Early Music

Jonty Ward bass
Nicky Losseff fortepiano

Robert Schumann     Dichterliebe  op.4                                 


1840 was a momentous year for Robert Schumann.  He finally married Clara Wieck, after a lengthy legal battle with her disapproving father, and in this Liederjahr (‘Year of Song’) he composed over 138 songs, including the four great song cycles to be heard here.  In so many of the songs, and especially in Frauenliebe und Leben, Robert sees life through Clara’s eyes, commenting and empathising in return from the piano.

Brahms first met the Schumanns in 1853, becoming a close family friend and remaining close to Clara after Robert's death in 1856.  She did much to popularise Brahms's music.

Bethany Seymour and Helen Charlston (winner of the 2018 Handel Singing Competition) often perform in York. Gwilym Bowen is noted for his beautifully expressive performances of 18th- and early 19th-century music.  Jonty Ward graduated from the University of York in 2019 with distinction awards for his solo performances. (Emily Tindall, who was to take part, has had to withdraw for personal reasons.)

Bookings for all three Song Day concerts are eligible for a Day Ticket discount; this is applied automatically online at the checkout.



Tickets: £14; £12 concessions; £3 students
Day Ticket: £39; £34 concessions; £9 students

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