Ethel Smyth – an extraordinary life
Tales of the encounters between a delightfully fiery young woman and the great composers of the age, told through her own music and words
with Sarah Gabriel soprano & actor
Smyth – Trio in D minor | Violin Sonata
from Four Songs: Odelette | Chrysilla
Grieg – Andante con moto
Brahms – Trio no.2 in C major
Clara Schumann – Trio in G minor
In the late nineteenth century the German city of Leipzig was a hothouse of talented musicians. Many composers were drawn there, to follow in the footsteps of Bach and Mendelssohn, to learn, to socialise and, above all, to create.
Against the will of her father, the young Ethel Smyth arrived in Leipzig in 1877 to studied with Heinrich von Herzogenberg, and her mission to become a composer commenced.
She soon became friends with the likes of Brahms, Clara Schumann, the Griegs, Tchaikovsky, Kirschner, Mahler, Weber, Joachim, and more. Immersed in the world of her dreams, she certainly made the most of every opportunity, and wrote extensively in her diaries about her encounters with these great characters.
"a wonderful programme, beautifully presented.'
Oliver Waterman, Artistic Director, St.David's Cathedral Festival
7.30pm, Monday 5 December
Luton Music Club
The Library Theatre,
Luton LU1 2NG
Single Adult Tickets - £16
Concessions - £10
Children under 18 in full-time education – Free
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