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Melissa Bradshaw

University of Birmingham and Oxford Lieder announce new partnership

11:56, 6th December 2019

The University of Birmingham has announced a new partnership with Oxford Lieder, launching with a concert today (6 December 2019) featuring performances from University of Birmingham alumna, mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and pianist Christopher Glynn.

Celebrated singers of Europe will be welcomed to Birmingham with performances taking place as part of the University’s Barber Institute of Fine Arts’ Barber Lunchtime Concert Series. Aiming to create opportunities for the public to engage with song, the concerts will include pre-concert talks and the presentation of research.

The partnership follows the success of a collaborative research project between Oxford Lieder and the University’s School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, Songs without Borders, researching contemporary audience experience of art song.

‘Partnering with Oxford Lieder cements over a decade of work with them,’ comments Professor Helen Abbott, University of Birmingham. ‘Here at Birmingham we have a unique group of experts in song. Collaborating with Oxford Lieder means we are able to maximise the expertise of performers and researchers to better understand the poetry, the languages, the translations, the music, the performance. This will bring unique opportunities for our students too, and we’re sure that Birmingham audiences will really enjoy getting to hear the latest artists.’

Sholto Kynoch, artistic director of Oxford Lieder, adds: ‘I am delighted and excited to see the launch of this new partnership between the Barber Concerts at the University of Birmingham and Oxford Lieder. The series goes to the heart of Oxford Lieder’s aims: to reinvigorate song as an art form, to give a platform to the best emerging talent, and to encourage and promote new music. Collaborations such as these always magnify the benefits to all concerned – promoters, performers and of course audiences – and we at Oxford Lieder are thrilled to work alongside this prestigious series in such a magnificent concert hall.’



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