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French Fables

Thursday 7 November, 5.30pm

French Fables

To mark the end of the Baudelaire Song Project at the University of Birmingham, discover legendary creatures and forces of nature in settings of songs featuring the major nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire.

Duparc L’invitation au voyage
Tawnie Olson Le Revenant
Fauré Hymne, Op. 7, No. 2
Fauré Chant d’automne, Op. 5, No. 1
Vierne Les Hiboux
Cheryl Frances-Hoad Une Charogne
Saint-Saëns La Cigale et la fourmi
Caplet Trois Fables de Jean de la Fontaine
I. Le corbeau et le renard
III. Le loup et l’agneau
Offenbach Six Fables de la Fontaine
II. Le corbeau et le renard
IV. La laitière et le pot au lait
III. La Cigale et la fourmi


The concert will be preceded from 16:30 to 17:15 by a Q&A talk with composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad who composed a brand new song setting of a Baudelaire poem. The poem chosen by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, ‘Une charogne’, has rarely been set to music. This Q&A session offers a unique opportunity to talk to a composer and find out more about the inspiration process and the challenges behind composing a song. Cheryl has been awarded many prizes, scholarships and residences, including the BBC Young Composer of the Year Competition at age 15. Her output addresses all genres from opera, ballet and concerto to song, chamber and solo music, reaching audiences from the Proms to outreach workshops. Recent works include a piano concerto for Ivana Gavric and the Southbank Sinfonia.


Two other events taking place on campus will be part of this celebration day:


– A Language Coaching Masterclass:


– A Translation Workshop:


Full day schedule:

– Language Coaching Masterclass, 10am-12pm, Barber Institute Concert Hall

– Translation Workshop, 2pm-4pm, Arts Building 103

– Composer Q&A, 4:30pm-5:15pm, Barber Institute Concert Hall

– Evening performance, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Barber Institute Concert Hall


All the events are FREE and open to everyone (registration for the Masterclass and the Translation workshop is necessary).


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