Future Concerts

Have your diaries at the ready... the next SmorgasChord Festival will be held in mid-June in Oxford. Dates will be announced soon! 

Past Concerts

4pm, 25 July 

Pimlott Foundation

Eliza Millett cello

Sebastian Black piano

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

7 Variations, ’Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen’ from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte WoO 46 (1801)

 

György Ligeti (1923-2006) 

Sonata for Solo Cello (1948-53) 

 

Oliver Knussen (1952-2018)

Ophelia’s Last Dance (Ophelia Dances, Book II) Op. 32 (2004, 2009-10)

 

Claude Debussy (1962-1918)

Sonata for Cello and Piano L. 135 (1915)

SmorgasChord 2021: WORDS MOVE, MUSIC MOVES

5 June 2021

3pm-8pm-9.15pm

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Sebastian Black piano

Eliza Millett cello

Andrew Dickinson poetry recitation

Hugo Herman Wilson baritone

Emily Earl violin

David Shaw violin

Luke English clarinet

3pm—LIGHT AND MATTER

Walt Whitman (1819-92)

A Glimpse

 

György Ligeti (1923-2006) 

Sonata for Solo Cello (1948-53) 

    Dialogo—Adagio, rubato, cantabile

    Capriccio—Presto con slancio 

 

Walt Whitman

‘Song of Myself, 

A Hand Mirror

 

Kaija Saariaho (1952-) 

Light and Matter (2014)

for violin, cello and piano 

 

Louise Glück (1943-)

Field Flowers

 

Edwin Roxburgh (1937-) 

Four Wordsworth Miniatures (2003) for solo clarinet

 

Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016)

Lachrimae Amantis

 

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Piano Trio in g minor op. 17 (1846)

8pm—A SOIREE OF MUSIC AND POETRY

Thom Gunn (1929-2004)

Lament

 

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) 

from Sechs Gedichte von N. Lenau und Requiem Op. 90 (1850) 

    Requiem

 

Jörg Widmann (1973-)

from Das Heiße Herz (2013/15)

    Einsam will ich untergehen

 

Lydia Davis (1947-)

Boring Friends

 

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)

Pink Dog

 

Kaija Saariaho (1952-) 

Nocturne (1994) for solo violin

 

Anthony Hecht (1923-2004)

Death the Whore

 

Alban Berg (1885-1935) 

Vier Gesänge Op. 2 (1910)

 

James Merrill (1926-1995)

Christmas Tree

 

Lydia Davis (b. 1947)

Trying to Learn

 

Joseph Achron (1886-1943) 

Hebrew Melody Op. 33 (1911) for violin and piano

 

Robert Hayden (1913-1980)

A Letter from Phyllis Wheatley

9.15pm—QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME

Sebastian Black (1996-)

I Heard Nothing But The Roaring Sea (2021, world premiere)

for solo baritone

 

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1941) 

 

Before we formed SmorgasChord we gave numerous concerts that we would now consider to be fully SmorgasChordic. Below is a taster of some of those concerts... 

 

POETRY AND MUSIC: 1910-1960 

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford 

21st February 2019 

Sebastian Black piano

Andrew Dickinson recitation

Claude Debussy ‘La cathédrale engloutie’ from Préludes, Book 1 (1909-1910) 

Robert Graves ‘A Boy in Church’ from Over the Brazier (1917)
John Crowe Ransom ‘The Swimmer’ from Poems About God (1919) 

Igor Stravinsky Valse pour les enfants (1917)
Marianne Moore 'A Grave’ from Observations (1924) 

W. H. Auden ‘The Witnesses’ (1932) 

Paul Dukas La plainte, au loin, du faune... (1920)
Louis Macneice ‘Sunlight on the Garden’ from The Earth Compels (1938) 

W. B. Yeats ‘High Talk’ from Last Poems (1939) 

Ruth Crawford Seeger Prelude No. 9 (1927-8) 

T. S. Eliot ‘Little Gidding II’ from Four Quartets (1942) 

Olivier Messiaen Pièce pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas (1935)
Robert Frost ‘Choose Something Like a Star’ from Come In & Other Poems (1943) 

Wallace Stevens ‘No Possum, No Sop, No Taters’ from Transport to Summer (1947) 

Francis Poulenc A waltz from L'Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant (1940) 

Thom Gunn ‘Tamer and Hawk’ from Fighting Terms (1954) 

Geoffrey Hill ‘The Turtle Dove’ from For the Unfallen (1956) 

Olivier Messiaen‘Île-de-Feu 1’ from Quatre Études de rhythme (1949-50) 

Richard Wilbur ‘Shame’ from Advice to a Prophet (1961) 

Elizabeth Bishop ‘The Armadillo’ from Questions of Travel (1965) 

Bill Evans Piece Peace (1958) 

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MUSIC AND DRAMA: THE SUN

Christ Church Cathedral

10 November 2017

 

Johann Sebastian Bach Gottes Zeit ist der Allerbeste Zeit

Sebastian Black The Sun (premiere)

Igor Stravinsky L’histoire du Soldat 

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RECITAL: VINGT REGARDS
Christ Church Cathedral

29 May 2016, 8pm 

 

Gabriel Zucker piano 

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) Vingts Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus (1944) 

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WORDS AND MUSIC: MUSIC AND POETRY IN MODERNIST AMERICA

Christ Church Cathedral

29 May 2016, 2pm 

 

Andrew Dickinson poetry recitation 

Sebastian Black piano
Elias Tomarkin flute 

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) “Pain – has an Element of Blank” 

Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) Prelude No. 9 (1927-8) 

Hart Crane (1899-1932) ‘At Melville’s Tomb’ (1926)
Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) ‘The Unbeliever’ (1946) 

Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Diversions I (1999)
Anthony Hecht (1923-2004) “More Light! More Light!” (1966) 

Dickinson “Much Madness is divinest Sense – ” 

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) Canto VI – The Auroras of Autumn (1950) 

Henry Cowell (1897-1965) Aeolian Harp (1923)
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) ‘Gerontion’ (1920) 

Charles Ives (1874-1954) Piano Sonata No. 2: Concord, Mass., 1840-60 (1911-14) 

                        3. The Alcotts 

                        4. Thoreau

Robert Lowell (1917-1977) ‘T. S. Eliot’ and ‘Ezra Pound’ (1973) 

Mina Loy (1882-1962) (1914)

Scott Joplin (1868-1917) The Strenuous Life (1902) 

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LIED RECITAL
Christ Church Cathedral

28 May, 2pm 

 

Lila Chrisp mezzo-soprano, narration 

Sebastian Black piano 

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Frauenliebe und –leben (1840) 

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Das Schloß am Meere (1899)
Robert Schumann ‘Die Flüchtlinge’ from Zwei Balladen Op. 122 (1852) 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Meine Liebe ist grün Op. 63 (1874), Ständchen Op. 106 (1886) 

Richard Strauss Zueignung (1885) 

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RECITAL: QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME

27 May 2016, 9.30pm 

Christ Church Cathedral

Ben Clapin clarinet 

Victoria Gill violin 

Angus McCall cello 

Sebastian Black piano 

 

Olivier Messiaen Quatuor pour le fin de temps 

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SOIRÉE 

27 May 2016
Christ Church Cathedral, 7.30pm

 

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) 

Une page d’éphemeride (opening) 

 

Sebastian Black piano

 

Pierre de la Croix (fl. c. 1290) 

Je cuidoie bien metre jus – Se j'ai folement amé – Solem
Aucun, qui ne sevent servir – Iure tuis laudibus – [Virgo] Maria 

Ensemble Trespasser Mesure (Will Anderson, Liam Connery, Pat Dunachie, James Potter). David Maw director 

 

Jörg Widmann (1973-) 

Fantasie (1994) 

 

Ben Clapin clarinet

 

Philippe de Vitry (1291-1361) 

Douce playsence – Garison – Neuma Quinti Toni
Garrit Gallus – In nova fert – Neuma


Ensemble Trespasser Mesure (Will Anderson, Liam Connery, Pat Dunachie, James Potter). David Maw director 

 

Shmu’el Hanagid (993-c. 1056) Gazing Through the Night 

 

Clara Schumann (1819-1896) ‘Allegro moderato’ from Piano Trio (1846) 

 

Victoria Gill violin
Eliza Millett cello
Sebastian Black piano 

 

Diego Ortiz (c. 1510–c. 1570) Recercada segunda sobre 'Doulce Memoire' (1553) 

 

James Orrell 

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Act 2 Scene 3 from Macbeth (c. 1599-1606) 

 

Meg Hetherington, Jonny Wiles; directed by Ben Sims 

 

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Le Bestiaire, ou le Cortège d'Orphée 

 

1. Le dromadaire 

2. La chèvre du Tibet 3. La sauterelle
4. Le dauphin
5. L’écrevisse 

6. La carpe 

Kurt Weill (1900-1950) Youkali (1934)

 

Josie Perry voice
Sebastian Black piano 

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RECITAL
21 May 2016, 1.30pm

Schulman Auditorium, The Queen’s College 

 

Sam Mitchell baritone 

Sebastian Black piano 

Franz Schubert Winterreise

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WORDS, ART & MUSIC

Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford

5th March 2016, 2.30pm

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) ‘O Muse of Fire’ from Henry V (c. 1599)

    

    Jonny Wiles

 

George Benjamin (1960-) ‘Lauer Lied’ from Three Miniatures (2001)

 

    Neta Rudich

 

Charles Ives (1874-1954) The Unanswered Question (1908)

 

Elias Tomarkin, Chloe Barnes, Ben Clapin, Vani Rajendran, Ela Young, Victoria Gill, Sean Dunn, Dave Shaw, Angus McCall, Kai Kim, Sebastian Black

 

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) ‘Allegro’ from Sonata for violin and cello (1920-1922)

 

    Sean Dunn, Angus McCall

Andrew Dickinson (1995-) Sonnet (2016)

 

    Tom Curzon

 

Kaija Saariaho (1952-) Nocturne (1994) 

 

    Neta Rudich

 

John Milton (1608-1674) ‘My author and disposer’ from Paradise Lost (1667)

 

    Dominic Leonard    

 

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) Siegfried Idyll (1870)

 

Elias Tomarkin, Chloe Barnes, Ben Clapin, Vani Rajendran, Patrick Bolton, Pippa Hampton, Ela Young, Victoria Gill, Sean Dunn, Dave Shaw, Angus McCall, Kai Kim, Sebastian Black

 

Sappho (c. 630-612 BCE – c. 570 BCE) The Equal of the Gods

 

    Jonny Wiles

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AN EVENING OF WORDS AND MUSIC

Christ Church Cathedral

21st January 2016, 8.15pm

 

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) ‘Jim, who ran away from his nurse, and was eaten by a Lion’ from Cautionary Tales for Children (1907)

 

    Thomas Curzon

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Divertimento in F major K. 138/125c (1772)

  1. Allegro

  2. Andante

  3. Presto

 

Sean Dunn, Victoria Gill, Rachel Maxey, Eliza Millett 

 

Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) Sunlight on the Garden (1936)

    

    Thomas Curzon

    

Pierre Boulez (1925-2016) Notation IX (1945)

Sebastian Black (1996-) Chrysalis (2015)

 

Sam Mitchell, Sebastian Black

 

John Keats (1795-1821) Woman! When I hold thee flippant (1819)

 

    Charlie Tyrer

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) Quatuor pour le fin de temps (1941)

‘Louange à l’éternité de Jésus’

 

    Eliza Millett, Sebastian Black 

 

Belloc ‘Matilda’ from Cautionary Tales for Children (1907)

 

    Charlie Tyrer    

 

Beach Boys Barbara Ann (1961)

Trad., arr. Ben Crawley Irish Blessing 

Robert Parsons (c. 1535-1571/2) Ave Maria

King Henry VIII (1491-1547) Pastime with good company: ‘The Kynge H. vijj’ 

Liam Connery (1995-) In Pace (2016 – world première)

 

Frazer MacDiarmid, Henry Kimber, Nick Cornforth, Will Anderson, Sam Herman-Wilson, Liam Connery, Anthony Chater, Noel Li

 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) ‘Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day’ and ‘No more be griev'd at that which thou hast done’ from Sonnets

 

Jonny Wiles

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Quartet No. 3 (1875)

Andante

 

Sean Dunn, Rachel Maxey, Eliza Millett, Sebastian Black

 

Cole Porter (1891-1964) Let’s do it, let’s fall in love (1928)

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Lorenz Hart (1895-1943) Bewitched (1940)

George Gershwin (1898-1937) Someone to Watch Over Me (1926)

Porter I get a kick out of you (1934)

 

    Eliza Millett, Thomas Curzon, John Young

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) selections from Le bestiaire ou Cortège d'Orphée (1911)

 

    Rosalind Brody

 

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Clarinet Sonata (1962)

1. Allegro tristamente (Allegretto - Très calme - Tempo allegretto)

2. Romanza (Très calme)

3. Allegro con fuoco (Très animé)

 

    Ben Clapin, Sebastian Black

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RECITAL

Christ Church Cathedral

November 2016

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) 

Cello Sonata No. 1 in e minor

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major 

 

Eliza Millett cello

Sebastian Black piano

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CONCERT

Christ Church Cathedral

October 2015

 

Johann Sebastian Bach ‘Das hat er Alles uns gethan’, with the chorale melody Gelobet seiest du, Jesus Christ by Martin Luther (1524), from Gelobet seiest du, Jesus Christ BWV 91 (1724)

Heinrich Schütz ‘Selig sind die Toten’, SWV 391, from Geistliche Chormusik (1648)

Schütz from Musikalische Exequien (c. 1635/6)

    ‘Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe’, SWV 280

    ‘Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener’, SWV 281

 

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Piano Trio No. 2 in c minor Op. 66 (1845)

 

Oxford Baroque Ensemble

Alice Harberd soprano

Gabriella Noble soprano

Pat Dunachie alto

Michael Ash alto

Ed Woodhouse tenor

Will Anderson tenor

Sam Mitchell bass

Henry Hawksworth bass

Eliza Millett cello continuo

James Hardie organ

 

Sean Dunn violin

Eliza Millett cello

Sebastian Black piano

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RECITAL

Christ Church Cathedral

May 2015

 

Robert Schumann Study No. 1, ‘Nicht zu schnell’, from 6 Studien in kanonischer Form Op. 56 (1845) 

Olivier Messiaen ‘Louange à l’éternité de Jésus’ from Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1941) 

Robert Schumann ,Stirb, Lieb’ und Freund!’ from 12 Gedichte Op. 35 (1840) 

György Ligeti ‘Étude 5: Arc en ciel’ from Études (1985)
Felix Mendelssohn ‘Duet’ from Lieder ohne Worte Op. 38 No. 6 (1836-7) 

Sebastian Black Chrysalis for baritone and piano (2015, world premiere) 

 

Franz Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major D 929 (1827)

Sam Mitchell baritone 

Sean Dunn violin 

Eliza Millett cello 

Sebastian Black piano 

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RECITAL

Christ Church Cathedral

January 2015

 

Ludwig van Beethoven Mignon from Lieder Op. 75 (1809), trans. Liszt (1849)

Pierre Boulez Une page d’éphéméride (2005) 

Franz Schubert Impromptu in A flat major D. 935 (1827)

Luciano Berio Brin, Leaf and Wasserklavier from Encores (1990, 1990, 1965) 

Franz Liszt La vallée d’Obermann from Années de Pèlerinage – Première Année: Suisse (1835-6, rev. c. 1848-54)

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat major Op. 70 No. 2 (1808)

Sean Dunn violin

Eliza Millett cello

Sebastian Black piano

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