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Scenes of Summer: Lily, Lily, Rose – Sophie Pullen (soprano) with Opera Prelude’s young singers and Natalie Burch (piano)

9th June 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

An end of term talk and recital celebration with smoked salmon sandwiches and a glass of wine! 

The celebrated American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was also an accomplished musician and would often interrupt his work to play the piano. Throughout his career, Sargent created portraits that intimated entire worlds, dramas or what Henry James often called “scenes”. This morning’s talk and recital of French music is inspired by scenes of summer and Sargent’s famous picture Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose which was conceived during a boating expedition on the Thames in 1885 when the artist saw Chinese lanterns hanging among trees and lilies. Painted en plein air in the late summer of 1885 and 1886, and named after a popular song, its style links French impressionism with English pre-Raphaelitism and captures the transient quality of “fugitive evening light.” The refrain of the song asks the question 'Have you seen my Flora pass this way?' to which the answer is 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose'. 

Tickets for this lecture will be £35 to cover the cost of the extra singers taking part and lunchtime refreshments!


9th June 2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Near Henley on Thames
Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire + Google Map
0207 183 7323