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Swindon Recital Series

  • Songs by Beethoven, Debussy and Duparc
  • Arts Centre Sunday December 5th 3pm

When someone mentions Beethoven they are usually talking about his symphonies, his concerti, his chamber music, but throughout his life he also wrote vocal music including an opera, two Mass settings and a number of 'art songs' (lieder). Composing for 45 years he left behind over 700 compositions when he died in 1827 aged 56. Henri Duparc, on the other hand, a French composer, suddenly stopped composing in 1885 in his mid-thirties because of mental illness, destroyed most of his compositions before he died aged 85 and is now best known for his 13? 17? 'art songs' (mélodies), settings of texts by poets such as Baudelaire and Goethe. And then there's Claude Debussy. He took a very relaxed approach to studying at the Paris Conservatoire – he was said to be 'intermittently diligent' in his studies -and he took a very relaxed approach to composition, failing to follow the orthodox rules and incurring the disapproval of his tutors. Turning away from the Germanic influence he wrote songs and music of colour and sensation, fleeting mood and relaxed form that was distinctively French and in doing so became one of the most influential composers of his era.

Three startlingly different composers, one 'gloriously lustrous voice' (Opera Today) to bring them together. Claire Rutter is a renowned and critically acclaimed British soprano who has sung around the world from Australia to the English National Opera, Finland to Beijing, and SRS is proud to be able to bring her to Swindon where she will be accompanied by pianist and SRS Founder Paul Turner.

Claire Rutter and Paul Turner appear at the Arts Centre on December 5th at 3pm. Tickets are £16 for adults and £13 for Seniors and unwaged people. There is also a theatre administration fee of £1.50. Student tickets are £3; accompanied children aged 14 and under are admitted without charge. Ticket office https://swindontheatres.co.uk / 0343 310 0040.

Claire RutterRenowned and critically acclaimed British soprano Claire Rutter studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. She has sung title and lead roles worldwide at esteemed opera houses such as Sydney, Santa Fe, ENO, WNO, Finnish and Beijing Festival. She won a Gramophone Award for Elgar's The Kingdom (Halle) and was nominated for the 'Maria Callas Award' for her US debut at the Dallas Opera. An experienced recitalist, she brings her unique vocal colour and elegance to this intimate repertoire.


  • Songs by Beethoven, Debussy and Duparc, Arts Centre Sunday December 5th 3pm

About Swindon Recital Series

Swindon Recital Series was founded 27 years ago by Paul Turner. The Recital Series is committed to providing world-class chamber music in the Swindon area by presenting regular concerts of chamber music given by professional musicians. The Series takes place between September and April each year at various venues in and around Swindon, including the Wyvern Theatre and the Arts Centre.

For more information contact either Artistic Director Paul Turner at turner.paul@virgin.net, recitals@hotmail.co.uk or on 01793 531316 or 07989 397372 or SRS Secretary Julia Singleton at juliaesingleton@gmail.com or on 01793 644660 or 07718185518

Information about the recital series can be found at www.swindonrecitalseries.org