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Sunday 26 May, 7:45pm


Doors & bar 6:00pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval

Tickets £24 / £12 (under 25)

Pre-concert food will be available to purchase. Ticket holders will be sent an email a week before the date of the concert with details of the menu and information on ordering. 



Clara Schumann - A Life in Music


Lucy Parham, piano | Dame Harriet Walter, narrator

Scripted by Lucy Parham


'It’s my favourite thing for Clara Schumann’s Anniversary and my Album of the Week. It’s a seriously moving tribute'.

- Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review


'A beautifully crafted portrait of Clara Schumann. Be prepared to shed a tear'
  ***** 5 stars, Album of the Month, Pianist Magazine


Created to celebrate 200 years since Clara Wieck Schumann’s birth in 1819, I, Clara tells her extraordinary life story in her own words. It is the sixth Composer Portrait created by Lucy Parham and received its London premiere at Kings Place in October 2019.


Clara Schumann was a truly exceptional woman, not just a devoted wife to the composer Robert Schumann, but a groundbreaking musician in her own right. Over a period of 60 years she gave over 1,500 concerts and determined the format of the kind of piano recital that is familiar to us today.

As a child prodigy, she was groomed for stardom by her piano-teacher father, Friedrich Wieck. By the age of eight she was dazzling audiences throughout Europe. Having married Robert against her father’s wishes, she became the mother of eight children. When her husband declined tragically into mental illness and an attempt at suicide, she continued to run the household and to make an international concert career to support the family. Clara championed the works of her husband and of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms and many others. She herself was also a talented composer, producing a piano concerto, numerous solo piano works, chamber music and songs.


The narrative of I, Clara, drawn from letters and diaries, is interspersed with live performances of her works, and of music by Robert Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Chopin. The narrator for this performance is acclaimed actress, Dame Harriet Walter.


'One of the must-see events of the musical calendar' 

- BBC Music Magazine