French February 2014: Performing French Through Music and Poetry

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

Sophie BevanDesigned 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.

Events listing

Saturday 1 February 2014
Open Masterclass with leading British soprano Sophie Bevan
Jessop Building, Ensemble Room 1, 10am-3pm. Free of charge.*
*This Masterclass event is free, but spaces are limited. Please register through Eventbrite in order to reserve your place.

Tuesday 11 February 2014
Poetry Reading & Performance: Paul Éluard
The Red Deer pub, Function Room 5.00pm-7.00pm. Free of charge.

Wednesday 12th February 2014
Poetry Translation workshop
Hicks Building F28. 1.00pm-4.00pm. Free of charge.*
*This Workshop is free, but spaces are limited. Please register through Eventbrite link in order to reserve your place.

Wed 19, Thurs 20, Fri 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 from:
Berlioz Les Nuits d’été (settings of Gautier poems)
Vierne Cinq mélodies de Baudelaire
Performed by Dr Helen Abbott (soprano) and Richard Longman (piano).

Please note, the concert that had been scheduled for 16 February has now been postponed: Pro North Voices have taken the unfortunate decision to postpone their concert due to scheduling conflicts from individual members. The University and the ensemble apologise for any inconvenience caused.