November 21st, Lieder Concert & Reception

In the spirit of the quality to which you are accustomed, the Cambridge Society is delighted to announce a concert for piano and voice by one of our illustrious members, Andrew Wise and his colleague Conor Biggs performing Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin

on Sunday November 21st 2010 at 16:30hrs followed by a reception.

The concert will take place at our house in Tervuren (close to the British School): Gordaallaan 14, B-3080 Tervuren.

Places are limited and if you wish to attend please reply to:  There will be a cover charge of 10 euro per person. Please make your payment to our Hon. Treasurer Ludo De Vleeschauwer 776-5978534-36 citing "Camsoc Nov 21st Concert".

The programme and some biographical information are included below.

I am much looking forward to meeting many of you on the 21st.

Best regards,

Caroline Laske


The song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin is one of Schubert's masterpieces and remains one of his most popular works. The story is about frustrated love. There are three protagonists, the apprentice miller, the miller's daughter and the mill stream. Water is omnipresent in the cycle: it entices the young lover to the mill in the first place and offers him a refuge when in the end he decides, Ophelia-like, that suicide is the only option.

The Irish bass-baritone Conor Biggs has lived in Belgium for nearly twenty years. He sings in the Flemish Radio Choir, the Gregorian group Psallentes and is as a soloist and lieder recitalist much in demand here and in his native country.

The British-born pianist and conductor Andrew Wise has like Conor been resident on Belgian soil for quite a few years and still likes it. He was chorus master of the Flemish Opera and of the Royal Danish Opera. He currently teaches at the Antwerp Conservatory, conducts Cantabile-Gent and is active as a pianist particularly in chamber music and as a lied accompanist.

Starting in 2011 Conor and Andrew will embark on a project entailing the performance of the complete Schubert songs of which there are 576 (not counting the ones Schubert never finished!)