This Friday, 7.30pm at the Sheldonian Theatre, Natalie Clein gives her final concert as Faculty Artist in Residence. It has been four years since Natalie Clein began her role. Announcing her post, the then Faculty Chair Michael Burden described the ‘unprecedented’ response from students and his excitement at Natalie’s wealth of experience. Natalie’s enthusiasm was also evident. She wrote, ‘Ever since I first visited Oxford as a student and then later as a professional cellist performing at the Sheldonian, Holywell and Jacqueline du Pré, it has occupied a place of great significance in my consciousness, both intellectually and artistically.’
Embarking on a ‘spirit of discovery’, Natalie programmed a series of sold-out concerts exploring the works of Johann Sebastiaan Bach. In the first concert, Natalie performed Bach’s first solo cello suite. In ‘Minds in Counterpoint’, Natalie collaborated with international colleagues in a string version of the Goldberg Variations. Her final concert in the Bach Project series saw Natalie work with tenor Ian Bostridge, soprano Claire Booth and the period ensemble Instruments of Time and Truth.
Reflecting on her time in post, current Faculty Chair Susanne Aspden notes that Natalie has brought ‘astounding talent to Oxford’ in concerts that were both successful and thought-provoking. Violist Lawrence Power, double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku and pianist Katya Apekisheva have been just some of the names to appear alongside Natalie. Together, they have performed in carefully curated International Women’s Day Concerts and a Holocaust Memorial Day concert, introduced by Holocaust survivor and educator Mala Tribich. Natalie’s concerts have championed the works of lesser-known composers, including György Kurtág, Erwin Schulhoff and Louise Farrenc.
Friday’s concert will see Natalie play with the energetic Doric String Quartet. They will perform Schubert’s monumental String Quintet alongside Haydn’s String Quartet ‘The Joke’ and Bloch’s first Suite for Solo Cello. Tickets start from £10, with £5 student tickets and free tickets for Faculty of Music students. You can buy tickets here or get them on the door. Music students and staff can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.