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James Turnbull (oboe) and Libby Burgess (piano)
James and Libby have called their programme ‘The Romantic Oboe – Schumann and his Legacy’, so come along and hear this interesting programme, which includes works by composers well known and not so well known.
Described by The Independent as “a worthy champion” of contemporary oboe music, James Turnbull has dedicated much of his performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire, and has performed frequently throughout the UK and Europe, including solo recitals a the Wigmore Hall and live on Radio 3. In 2015, he launched the New Oboe Music Project which promotes 21st century oboe repertoire across the world and runs the Leon Goossens Prize for Emerging Composers to help encourage a new generation of composers to write for the oboe.
Aside from his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the appeal of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the instrument. To this end, he has launched the website ‘LearnToPlayTheOboe.com <http://learntoplaytheoboe.com/>’ which now receives over a thousand new visitors every month from across the world.
Libby Burgess is a pianist dedicated to the fields of song and chamber music, collaborating regularly with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. Her diverse schedule ranges from song recitals in the UK’s major concert halls and festivals, to chamber music in obscure venues around the country or appearances on Radio 3. Libby is Artistic Director of New Paths, a major new festival of concerts and outreach events founded in 2016, which took place again in April 2017. In 2013 she established Konstellation, which presents programmes exploring the intersection of song and chamber music; this combined interest is reflected in her discography, which ranges from The English Oboe: Rediscovered with James Turnbull, released in 2013 to excellent reviews, to her most recent disc featuring songs of madwomen with mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin.
‘The Romantic Oboe – Schumann and his Legacy’
Schumann: Three Romances Op 94
Nielsen: Two Fantasy Pieces Op 2
Brahms: Rhapsody in B mi Op 79 No 1
Vaughan Williams: From Six Studies in English Folksong (Cor Anglais and Piano)
Saint-Saëns: Sonata for Oboe and Piano Op 166
Mendelssohn: Songs without Words (arr. Walter)
Kalliwoda: Morceau de Salon