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.
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).