Clara 2019


Clara Schumann: Prodigy, Muse, Virtuoso

In words and music, Reiko presents a portrait of the woman who was, at once, a leading pianist of her day, the wife of one great composer and the intimate friend of another, mother of eight children, composer, and teacher. Her life was marked by tragedy and distinguished by a career which spanned more than sixty years. We see her now as a strikingly independent woman, a woman of her time yet one who worked tirelessly against the grain of assumption and prejudice.


Reiko has devised this unique series of narrated recitals, chamber music and concerto programmes to take place throughout the 2018/19 season and autumn 2019, in order to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Clara's birth.

She will perform Clara’s own compositions alongside music by the composers that she was closely associated with including Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Robert Schumann.  Chamber music programmes will feature works that Clara performed in collaboration with other leading musicians of the day such as the great violinist Joseph Joachim.  "The Travelling Clara" will highlight the concertos that Clara performed in the cities that were significant in her career as a travelling virtuoso, including the evergreen Piano Concerto in A minor by her husband Robert Schumann. 


Specially devised narration from Peter Quantrill.

To be delivered by narrators including Crawford Logan and Paul Ansdell.