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George Henschel accompanying himself at the piano

In this unique lecture recital Wendy combines her skills as singer-pianist with that of researcher to explore the fascinating but largely forgotten art of self-accompanied song.

Far more than just a drawing room accomplishment of young ladies, self-accompanied song was widely practised from the late eighteenth to the mid twentieth centuries. Composers Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Reynaldo Hahn, Samuel Barber and Michael Head all sang self-accompanied. As did singers Jenny Lind, George Henschel, Jane Bathori and Richard Tauber.

Placing her own performance within the context of historic sound recordings and contemporary accounts Wendy demonstrates how the performer’s dual role as singer-pianist can illuminate our understanding of classical song.