Monday 20 September
11.00 am
St James' Church

A joint event with Chipping Campden Music Festival whose Artistic Director Charlie Bennett interviews Laura Tunbridge on her 2020 Beethoven biography marking 250 years since Beethoven’s birth. Each chapter focuses on a period of Beethoven’s life, a piece of music and ‘a revealing theme’ from family to friends, heroism to liberty. Much of the material has not been available to the wider public before.

‘shine [s] a revealing light on our greatest composer’ John Humphrys
‘The author lets the music do the talking in this pithy new biography’ Fiona Maddocks The Guardian
‘profoundly original and hugely readable’ John Suchet

Laura Tunbridge, Professor of Music at the University of Oxford and Henfrey Fellow of St Catherine’s College, is author of three monographs: Schumann’s Late Style, The Song Cycle and Singing in the Age of Anxiety. She has discussed Beethoven on BBC Radio 4; appears on Record Review; gives pre-concert talks for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Halle, BBC Proms, Oxford Lieder Festival and Southbank Centre; writes liner and programme notes for the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Chandos, and Southbank Centre; and book reviews for The Oldie and TLS.

4.30 pm & 7.30 pm
St James' Church (75 mins no interval)

Reserved £35, £30 & £25, Students £1
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A joint event with Chipping Campden Music Festival: based on Clara Schumann’s diaries and letters, Lucy Parham’s sixth composer portrait with Lucy piano and Harriet Walter narrator.

‘A beautifully crafted portrait of Clara Schumann.’ Album of the Month, Pianist Magazine
‘One of the must-see events of the [2019] musical calendar’ BBC Music Magazine

Lucy Parham’s Royal Festival Hall concerto debut was at the age of 16. Since then she has made numerous recordings, played as a concert soloist throughout the UK with most major British Orchestras, and has toured extensively abroad. Lucy is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Harriet Walter CBE has played almost all of Shakespeare’s heroines, mostly for the RSC and most notably Ophelia, Helena, Portia, Viola, Imogen, Lady MacBeth, Beatrice and Cleopatra. Her Brutus in the all female production of Julius Caesar at Donmar Warehouse was widely acclaimed and was followed by Henry IV. Other stage roles include the Duchess of Malfi, Hedda Gabler and Linda in Death of a Salesman. She has created roles in new plays such as Arcadia and Sweet Panic and starred in countless films and television dramas. Her books are Brutus and other Heroines (discussed at our 2018 Festival), Other People’s Shoes, Macbeth and Facing It.

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