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Schubertreise IV, Dublin
Informal dress... but the leather jacket proved far too warm in performance.
The second Schubertreise series began in Dublin in 2012.
The most recent of the three series of Schubertreise, begun in October 2013.
Jodoigne, Schubertreise II
The series in Jodoigne uses period instruments supplied and restored by Claude Kelecom.
I make a point of introducing each group of songs before performing them. Tricky in French.
Schubertreise X, Bever
Schubertreise XII, Bever
Most of the photos in this gallery were taken by Myriam Sosson. My grateful thanks!
Schubertreise XII, Bever
Eine altschottische Ballade
There are two versions of this song, a rather dull solo and an altogether more interesting duet setting. This is the performance of the latter in Bever, with Belgian mezzo Marine Fornasari. A grisly tale of patricide with a complicit mother.
Eine altschottische Ballade (2)
It's not all work...
Goudhurst, Kent, a lovely part of the world.
Publicity National Concert Hall
Lieder recitals should be weekly events...
Rosario, Bever ©Rosario
Birthplace of Schubertreise
Kapel, Rosario, Bever ©Rosario
The ideal performing space.
Schubertreise VIII, Bever
With Michel Stas and Marine Fornasari (mezzo) who kindly turns pages for all our recitals.
Bever, before the performance
With Michel Stas, Sabien Van Dale (musicologist). Sabien gives an in-depth lecture on the programme before each recital in Bever.
Logo for Schubertreise ©Rosario
Designed by Belgian calligrapher Frank Missant.
Ma propre voie
Book commissioned by Rabobank for its wealthy clients in Belgium. Thirty Belgians (sic) with a vision were asked to contribute, including yours truly.
Ma propre voie (2)
Ma propre voie (3)
Good houses in general — the home crowd.
Schubertreise IX, Bever
Top-and-tail before the performance. The one part of giving a recital that makes me nervous.
Michel Stas (Bever)
Chapelle Notre-Dame du Marché, a (partially) deconsecrated baroque church in this picturesque small town in Walloon Brabant. Piano attributed to Schantz, restored by Claud Kelecom.
Make sure those pages are in order...
Suit donated by an anonymous admirer following a performance several years ago.
Dublin, Kevin Barry Room
Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin. An interim solution to the problem of Dublin having no adequate recital space. Agreeable to sing in, though not sound-proofed. Currently being refurbished and due to reopen in time for the 1916 centenary celebrations.
Keep the aspidistras flying.
Michel Stas. Always calm under fire.
Schubertreise XI, Bever
Bever, Erard 1893 tuned to non-equal temperament and roughly a quarter tone down. Bliss... Sadly, the piano was sold recently, and performances in Bever take place on an Ibach, a solid piece of post-Bismarckian workmanship.
The road goes ever on.
Near Incourt, Brabant wallon, Belgium
Cover for PenZine magazine, June 201
Photo montage by Jente Boone ©Jente Boone
Conor Biggs portrait
After the recital, Dalkey
After the recital, Bever