Ethel Smyth – an extraordinary life

Tales of the encounters between a delightfully fiery young woman and the great composers of the age, told through her own music and words

with Sarah Gabriel soprano & actor

Smyth – Trio in D minor | Violin Sonata

from Four Songs: Odelette | Chrysilla

Grieg – Andante con moto

Brahms – Trio no.2 in C major

Clara Schumann – Trio in G minor

In the late nineteenth century the German city of Leipzig was a hothouse of talented musicians. Many composers were drawn there, to follow in the footsteps of Bach and Mendelssohn, to learn, to socialise and, above all, to create.

Against the will of her father, the young Ethel Smyth arrived in Leipzig in 1877  to studied with Heinrich von Herzogenberg, and her mission to become a composer commenced.

She soon became friends with the likes of Brahms, Clara Schumann, the Griegs, Tchaikovsky, Kirschner, Mahler, Weber, Joachim, and more. Immersed in the world of her dreams, she certainly made the most of every opportunity, and wrote extensively in her diaries about her encounters with these great characters.

"a wonderful programme, beautifully presented.'

Oliver Waterman, Artistic Director, St.David's Cathedral Festival


7.30pm, Monday 5 December

Luton Music Club

The Library Theatre,

Luton LU1 2NG

Single Adult Tickets - £16

Concessions - £10

Children under 18 in full-time education – Free

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