The Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House
Join us for this evening of evocative songs and music inspired by the exhibition Utopia and Dystopia.
Tenor Norbert Meyn will lead his Ensemble ÉMIGRÉ in a concert of art songs especially selected to trace utopian visions of human relationships and society, as well as the dystopian fallout from them, which is powerfully reflected in the experience of musicians who had to emigrate due to political convictions or persecution. The programme will include Mozart’s Masonic Song, Schubert’s setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, politically inspired songs by Hanns Eisler, as well as musical discoveries from the research and performance project Singing a Song in a Foreign Land at the Royal College of Music, which Norbert Meyn has been leading since 2012.
International record producer and acclaimed author of ‘Forbidden Music’, Michael Haas (University of Vienna), will lead through the programme. The recital will also be followed by a drinks reception in the main foyer outside the Chancellor’s Hall.
This event has been kindly sponsored by the John Coffin Trust Fund and Senate House Library and is free to attend.