Music and Poetry: the song-cycle from Schubert to the present
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect marriage of words and music than that found in the greatest of song-cycles. There is great variety too, from the intimacy of solo voice and piano in the cycles of Schubert and Schumann to the symphonic proportions of Mahler’s Song of the Earth. We shall consider these and many others as heard in recordings by some of the world’s greatest interpreters.
Residential Fees From: £348. Non Residential: £233
Gwyn Parry-Jones has a richly experienced background, both as a performer and a conductor, and has held academic posts at the universities of Oxford, Gothenburg and Reading. At Reading he was, until 2007, the Director of Music in the Faculty of Education, and remains a visiting lecturer at Reading and Oxford Universities. As a professional musician Gwyn worked with the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, and played under the batons of some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Sir John Barbirolli, Carlo-Maria Giulini and Sir Simon Rattle. Gwyn is also well known as an adjudicator, and has this year again been a Mentor at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Reading. Gwyn has a number of published compositions and arrangements too, mostly for wind instruments or voices.
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