Sir Arthur Bliss International Song Series

8College Music benefits greatly from the frequent involvement of professional musicians, many of whom come to the college under the auspices of the Sir Arthur Bliss Song Series to work with students and to give recitals. Highlights have included concerts from such luminaries as Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Joan Rodgers, Mark Padmore and Wolfgang Holzmair all with Pembroke’s College Musician, pianist Joseph Middleton.

Forthcoming Events


Monday 1st May: Pembroke Lieder Scheme Showcase recital

Monday 8th May at 8pm in the Old Library
“Reason in Madness”
Recital given by Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton:

Strikingly individual musical responses to the androgynous Mignon and tormented Ophelia, respective creations of Goethe and Shakespeare, occupy the heart of Carolyn Sampson’s programme of German and French songs.

She and Joseph Middleton include Strauss’s breath-taking mad songs and close with Poulenc’s monologue on the theme of suicidal despair played out at the gaming tables of Monte Carlo.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Herzeleid Op. 107 No. 1

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Ophelia-Lieder WoO. 22

Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Drei Lieder der Ophelia Op. 67

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903): Mignon Lieder


Henri Duparc (1848-1933): Romance de Mignon

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Pelléas et Mélisande Op. 80 – Melisande’s Song

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Chansons de Bilitis

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): La mort d’Ophélie

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899): Chansons de Shakespeare Op. 28 – Chanson d’Ophélie

Henri Duparc: Au pays où se fait la guerre

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): La dame de Monte Carlo

Tickets: £20, £15 OAPs, £10 college members, or £5 students. Tickets can be purchased here or from The Porters’ Lodge or on the door on the evening of performance.

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