French February 2014: series of Music and Poetry events

French February 2014: series of Music and Poetry events

Dr Helen Abbott from the Department of French is leading a series of events in February 2014 centred around French music, poetry and performance.

Designed especially for students in the departments of French and Music (but open to all in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities), and funded in part by the Faculty Student Engagement Awards scheme, the French February 2014 events will see students and staff working alongside leading British soprano Sophie Bevan, Bloodaxe author Eleanor Brown, and professional vocal ensemble Pro North Voices, exploring how to perform in French, and the challenges of presenting French poetry, song, and drama to broader audiences.

The series includes a masterclass, a poetry reading in a pub, a poetry translation workshop, a concert of French vocal music, a double-bill of French plays, and a recital of French song.

For more information please visit the event listing.

Events listing:

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Poetry Reading & Performance: Paul Éluard

The Red Deer pub, Function Room  5.00pm-7.00pm. Free of charge.

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Poetry Translation workshop

Hicks Building F28. 1.00pm-4.00pm. Free of charge.*

*This Workshop is free, but spaces are limited. Please email to receive an Eventbrite link in order to reserve your place.

Sunday 16 February 2014

Faces of Beauty. A programme of exquisite French texts exploring perceptions of beauty.

Firth Hall 7.30pm-9.30pm. £8.50 (£3 students). More info.

Figure humaine, Poulenc

Trois chansons, Ravel

Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans, Debussy

Also, music by Milhaud, Saint-Saëns and masters of the Renaissance

Pro North Voices

directed by Richard Longman

Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, Friday 21 February 2014

Drama Studio, 7.30pm. £5 (£4 concessions).

Double-bill: Marivaux, Les Acteurs de bonne foi, Ionesco, Le Maître

Monday 24 February 2014

Recital of French Song

Firth Hall 5.45pm-6.45pm. Free of charge. More info.

Berlioz Les Nuits d’été (settings of Gautier poems)

Vierne Cinq mélodies de Baudelaire

Performed by Dr Helen Abbott (soprano) and Richard Longman (piano).