Yesterday evening’s recital in Powis Hall at Bangor University was a huge success – soprano Raphaela Papadakis and pianist Sholto Kynoch performed a fabulous range of songs, from Schubert Lieder, to Schoenberg cabaret songs, via some Poulenc mélodies and Satie chansons. The programme gave us lots to think about too: how do composers create different kinds of song? how should performers approach the different genres and languages? how do audiences react to the different types of song? I gave a pre-concert talk flagging up some of these issues, which set us up for a programme of poignant Lieder, escapist mélodies and coquettish chansons in both French and German. Huge thanks to everyone who made the event possible (including, of course, the AHRC).