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Music, Sun 5 Apr 2020

Toll Gavel United Church

Toll Gavel United Church


Two of the most extraordinary musicians of their time meet when they are young; they fall deeply in love, they battle tirelessly for permission to marry, and go on to stimulate remarkable creativity in their respective music-making. Whilst in reality their lives were far from rosy, the love story of Robert and Clara Schumann has long captivated imaginations.

The flowers of the evergreen shrubs myrthen, or myrtles, are often used to make bridal wreaths, and Myrthen is the cycle of songs which Robert wrote for Clara as a wedding present. Unsurprisingly, the songs explore many facets of love: tender, ecstatic, sensual, maternal, and grief-struck. Drawing together multiple festival themes, the poems Schumann selected for these songs include translations of Burns, and a fascination with east-west interplay.

Mezzo-soprano Angharad Lyddon represented Wales in the 2019 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, where she was a song prize finalist, whilst Gareth Brynmor John is a former winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award. They join Libby Burgess for a Sunday afternoon performance of Myrthen, which features many of Schumann’s most beloved songs, from Widmung to Die Lotosblume, and is a gorgeous evocation of love.

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Dates Times
Sun 5 Apr 2020 16:00 17:00
All Welcome


Rush hour pass: The Rite + Serenade + Love Story for just £22!


Beverley Tourist Information


Toll Gavel,
HU17 9AA



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