I, Clara

Clara Schumann – A Life in Music

Lucy Parham - Pianist
Dame Harriet Walter - Narrator

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 it 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 ground-breaking 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 both 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.

A beautifully crafted portrait of Clara Schumann. Be prepared to shed a tear

Album of the Month - Pianist Magazine

One of the must-see events of the musical calendar

BBC Music Magazine

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  • In the last 10 days, have developed Covid-19 symptoms.
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Prices

All Tickets £28.00

Prices include all applicable fees & levies.

PRE-BOOKING IS NOW ESSENTIAL

To reduce contact, all tickets must now be purchased in advance and will be delivered by email only. The Box Office will not be open before a show for you to collect, or book tickets, to that event.

When you receive your tickets via email, you can either show them to us on a mobile phone or tablet, or print them out at home.

Details

Venue: Main House

Running Time: Approximately 80 minutes, with no interval.

Show Times

Fri 23 Jul, 7:30pm

Accessibility

Access tickets available.
To book, please email the Box Office on boxoffice@yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.
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Advisory Info

Dame Harriet Walter will now appear as the narrator in place of the previously scheduled Juliet Stevenson.