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Beloved Clara - Lucy Parham (piano), Martin Jarvis & Joanna David

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Thursday 23rd May 2013

Perth Theatre, 19:30

This event was part of the 2013 Festival Programme.

Beloved Clara:
Robert Schumann, Clara and Brahms – a true story of passion, music and tragedy

Beloved Clara comprises the original letters and diaries of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms interspersed with their piano music.  It premiered in the Wigmore Hall Masters Series in 2002 and has since been performed over sixty times in concert halls, theatres and at festivals throughout the UK, USA and Europe. These engagements have included the Bergen International Festival, Cadogan Hall, BAFTA, Chichester Festival Theatre, Victor Hugo Festival, St John’s Smith Square, Schumann Anniversary Festival, Kings Place, Salisbury Playhouse and the Royal Hall, Harrogate.  It returned to the Wigmore Hall in December 2010, receiving a 5 star review from the Independent – “A lovely entertainment – flawlessly performed”


The US debut took place in Los Angeles in December 2008 with performances for LA Theatreworks; this was broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio.


Actors who have appeared with pianist Lucy Parham include Martin Jarvis, Dame Harriet Walter, Juliet Stevenson, Joanna David, Rosalind Ayres, Samuel West, Alex Jennings, Edward Fox, Henry Goodman, Charles Dance, Robert Glenister, Henry Goodman, Timothy West, Malcolm Sinclair, Sebastian Koch and Gabrielle Drake.


Beloved Clara has been widely featured in the national press and media, including Woman’s Hour (Radio 4), the Times, Sunday Times, Observer, Classic FM Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, Independent, BBC Radio 3, Pianist Magazine and the Guardian.


The CD of Beloved Clara featuring Joanna David and Martin Jarvis was released on ASV to critical acclaim. It was “CD of the Week” in the Sunday Times, the Observer and the Independent on Sunday.



Beloved Clara’s creation was inspired by Lucy Parham’s lifelong passion for the music of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Originally scripted and compiled from the wealth of existing correspondence between Brahms and the Schumanns by Lucy Parham and Jessica Duchen, Lucy has subsequently updated Beloved Clara with new material and it is constantly evolving through the many contributions from the actors involved.