Words into Music: Poets, Composers & Songs

16 October 2015 - 9:30am

In association with the Literature and Music Reserach Group, The Open University; the Faculties of Modern Languages and of Music, Oxford University; and Wadham College Oxford. 

To introduce the theme of this year’s Festival, we are delighted to welcome an array of renowned scholars and speakers for a one-day symposium exploring the relationship between words and music. The day will comprise eight 20-minute papers around a lunchtime concert. The tone of the day will be scholarly but very much accessible, and all are warmly invited.

Poetry into Song: Benjamin Appl, Sholto Kynoch & Richard Wigmore

16 October 2015 - 1:10pm

Benjamin Appl baritone
Sholto Kynoch piano
Richard Wigmore speaker

As part of our symposium on words and music, this recital, illustrated with introductions by Richard Wigmore, will highlight repertoire discussed during the day, including music by Schubert and Mahler.

Masterclass for Amateur Singers

16 October 2015 - 2:30pm

A great opportunity to receive individual coaching from highly renowned singers Sarah Walker and Katie Bray.

Two classes will run concurrently - one for beginners and another for more experienced amateur singers. There is no formal process for deciding which class you sing in; you should simply indicate when applying which class you would be more comfortable in.

Holywell Music Room - Sarah Walker (advanced) - open to observers

Harris Manchester College Chapel - Katie Bray (beginners) - closed to observers

Schools Project Concert

16 October 2015 - 6:00pm

The culmination of several weeks of workshops in local schools, this concert is given by the young people who have written their own words and music, and now perform it joined by a top professional singer. An inspirational and uplifting event to which all are warmly invited.

Opening Recital: Sarah Connolly & Graham Johnson

16 October 2015 - 7:30pm

Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Graham Johnson piano

Two incomparable stars of the song world open this year’s Festival, appropriately picking up where we left off in 2014, with an all-Schubert first half. Their selection of songs includes some favourites such as Die junge Nonne and Ave Maria!. They also perform songs by Brahms and Wolf in this unmissable evening.


Gabriel Fauré: A Life Through Song I

17 October 2015 - 11:00am

Sarah Fox soprano
Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano
Victor Sicard baritone
Graham Johnson piano

Family Concert with the Erlkings

17 October 2015 - 12:00pm

Following their extremely popular family concert last year, we are delighted to welcome back the Erlkings, the world’s leading Schubert-based folk/rock band to lead a family concert. Suitable for children aged 5 upwards, the Erlkings have people singing along, on their feet dancing and trying out instruments, all based around their captivating take on the music of Franz Schubert.

Bring & Sing

17 October 2015 - 5:00pm

A chance for one and all to tread the boards of the historic Holywell Music Room. Observers are very welcome to attend this free and varied concert. 

For information on how to take part, please see our participation pages.

Éluard & Mörike: Sophie Karthäuser & Eugene Asti

17 October 2015 - 7:30pm

Sophie Karthäuser soprano
Eugene Asti piano

Sensational Belgian soprano Sophie Karthäuser makes a welcome return to the Festival with pianist Eugene Asti. Paul Éluard, one of the founders of the surrealist movement, was a favourite poet of Francis Poulenc. The complex German poet and pastor Eduard Mörike was set by Robert Schumann but perhaps found his greatest advocate in music in the music of Hugo Wolf.