Benefactors' Evening of Music and Poetry

15th July 2021

Via Zoom | 6-7pm BST

In lieu of this year's Benefactors' Garden Party, donors are invited to join the Warden online for an evening of music and poetry. As this is a virtual event, we are pleased to extend the invitation to all Wadham alumni.

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We are delighted to be streaming another live performance from the Holywell Music Room this year. Warden Ken Macdonald QC is pleased to be hosting this evening, joined by Eric Clarke, Professorial Fellow and Heather Professor of Music at Oxford, and Bernard O'Donoghue, Emeritus Fellow in English.

Music will be provided by Sholto Kynoch (piano), Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) and Alessandro Fisher (tenor). With poetry by Bernard O'Donoghue and current student Ruth Thrush (English, 2019).

Running Order:
- Welcome from the Development Director, Julie Hage
- Welcome from the Warden, Ken Macdonald QC
- Eric Clarke introduces the musicians

Music Section one:
Haydn: Piano Sonata in E Flat, Hob.XVI/49, 1st movement
Haydn: The Mermaid's Song

- Bernard O'Donoghue poetry reading
- Eric Clarke introduction to songs by Clara Schumann

Music Section two:
Der Abendstern
Das ist ein Tag, der klingen mag

- Ruth Thrush (English, 2019) poetry reading

Music Section three:
Stephen Bick: On his blindness
Shostakovich: Son (op.100 no.6)
Tosti: A Vucchella 
Tosti: Aimez quand en vous aime