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Lieder at Pembroke

The musical life of Pembroke is enhanced by regularly concerts given by the greatest voices in the world of Lieder.

College 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. These recitals take place in Pembroke's Old Library, which holds one of the College's two Steinway Model B Grand Pianos.

In 2018 Pembroke launched the inaugural Festival of Voice, a three day festival during which the College welcomed international artists Christianne Stotijn, Ashley Riches, John Mark Ainsley and Kate Royal for a series of concerts. The festival took place again 2019 and featured Fatma Said, Toby Spence and Christopher Maltman, all accompanied by Joseph Middleton. The Festival also included a 'Come and Sing: Vivaldi Gloria', open to all.

Pembroke Lieder Scheme

Pembroke College’s Lieder Scheme provides coaching for the most promising Lieder singers and accompanists in the University. Tuition in all aspects of Lieder and song performance will be given by the College Musician, Joseph Middleton, recently described by The Times as ‘the cream of the new generation’ of British accompanists, and visiting coaches. In recent seasons, artists who have coached duos on the scheme include John Mark Ainsley, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Roderick Williams and Sarah Connolly.

Up to four successful duos will be offered professional coaching free of charge over the course of the academic year. This will include a public masterclass. Each duo will also receive two coaching sessions per term from Joseph Middleton, as well as one vocal coaching session per term from visiting artists participating in the Sir Arthur Bliss Song Series at Pembroke. Each coaching session will last one hour. All award holders are required to perform in a gala concert to be held at the beginning of Easter Term.

Any current undergraduate or graduate student of the University of Cambridge is eligible to apply; those who graduated from Cambridge no more than three years ago are also eligible.