Clara Barbier Serrano / Robert Finegan / Tianqi Ling: Paris Chapters featuring music by Rhona Clarke

21 September 2023 19:00 - 22 October 2023 16:00

Image © Institut français du Royaume-Uni

Soprano Clara Barbier Serrano, saxophonist Robert Finegan and pianist Tianqi Ling explore the possibilities of contemporary music with commissions based on works by Irish writers, who lived in Paris (James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, W.B Yeats). The programme includes solo and chamber music pieces reflecting the life of these authors in Paris, the songs they would have heard, been inspired by, or that they wished to hear. Featuring music by CMC Composer Rhona Clarke.


Le matin au café
The Salley Gardens, arr. B. Britten (Yeats)
Stream and Sun at Glendalough, Denise Ondishko (Yeats) *
Voyage à Paris, F. Poulenc (Apollinaire)

Midi à l’hôtel
Hôtel, F. Poulenc (Apollinaire)
L’Invitation au voyage, H. Duparc (Baudelaire)
I, of whom I know nothing, Ken Edge *

Promenade d’après-midi
Quand j’étais chez mon père, arr. B. Britten (anon)
Le Jardin des Tuileries, Lise Borel (Wilde) *
Pièce pour violoncelle n.1, N. Boulanger (arr. Denise Ondishko)

Le soir au bar ou cabaret
Love’s old sweet song (Molloy/Bingham)
Siren Song, Rhona Clarke (Joyce)*
J’ai deux amours (Scott/Baker)

*original works commissioned for this project

Dates, Venues & Ticket Links

21 September, 7pm | INSTITUTE FRANÇAIS ROYAUME-UNI, London | £15, members £13, students £5. Book online via Institut Français Royaume-Uni.

22 October, 4pm | CITY LIT RECITAL ROOM, London | £10/12. Booking via Eventbrite.