Now enjoying its eighth year, Liederabend is a magnificent collaboration between the Modern Languages and Music Departments.
In the past linguists came purely to enjoy great continental poetry, brought to life in song but this year was the first year that linguists had also translated the poetry for the printed programme into English and in addition, researched the poets themselves.
As anticipated, the standard was high; indeed one could perhaps hear the benefits of the recent excellent vocal masterclass shining through, such was the confidence and polish of the performers. This was also a truly inclusive event, featuring high achievers and those less experienced in performance, but whatever the age or stage of the artist, there was spirit, panache and emotion in abundance to the delight of all.
The Adderley lends itself well to such an occasion (there is a definite hint of a ‘Schubertiade’ here) and the ambiance was further enhanced by the colourful, sensitive and expertly crafted accompaniment of Clare Toomer for which she should receive considerable praise. How lucky the pupils are to have to have such a player to shape and guide them along their musical path.
Congratulations then to one and all, a truly first rate event.