How Words Become Song

I’m looking forward to the public events in Bangor and Oxford to round off my AHRC Early Career Fellowship.

On Sat 24th Sep, I’m doing a pre-concert talk at Bangor University on ‘How Words Become Song’, and my long-term collaborator pianist Sholto Kynoch will then be performing a recital of songs in French, German and English with young English soprano Raphaela Papadikis. My talk explores how composers choose words and make them into song – from ‘serious’ poetry (Schubert’s settings of poems by Seidl and Leitner) to commonplace poetry (Poulenc’s settings of Apollinaire under the title Banalités), to popular poetry (Schoenberg’s cabaret songs).

For more information & to book tickets, see:

On Thurs 20th Oct, I’m doing another pre-concert talk, this time at the Oxford Lieder Festival: ‘What’s in a name? From chanson to mélodie and back‘, looking at the ‘lowbrow’ and ‘highbrow’ in French song, with reference to the songs by Fauré, Duparc and Ravel being performed by baritone Victor Sicard and pianist Anna Cardona.

For more information & to book tickets, see:

Both events are an exciting opportunity for me to show what I’ve discovered in my research this year: how exactly the divide between ‘high art’ song and ‘popular’ song is negotiated by poets and composers, and how both ‘art song’ and ‘popular song’ have their place on the recital stage (and are worthy of academic study).

These events are funded by






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