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Residential Mastercourse

"A sensational week: a wonderful opportunity for talented young musicians to immerse themselves in the world of song"
Sarah Walker CBE


The Oxford Lieder Mastercourse is an integral part of the festival, reflecting Oxford Lieder’s commitment to cultivating the next generation of song performers. The course offers students the chance to immerse themselves completely in song, working with leading professionals in a welcoming, supportive environment, and attending concerts given by world-class artists.

Mastercourse 2021

This year's Mastercourse is taking place from 16th - 23rd October and we are delighted to welcome internationally renowned soprano, Joan Rodgers as lead tutor. She will be joined by guest tutors Anna Tilbrook, Jan Philip Schulze, & Julius Drake.

Download the information pack and application form or contact Kate Swinburne-Johnson for further details. The closing date for duos to apply is Friday 6th August 2021.

Participant Comments

“The Mastercourse was such a special experience, and one that I will never forget. To spend time in beautiful Oxford, totally immersed in music-making, under the guidance of internationally renowned musicians, and then being able to experience stunning concert performances in the evenings – it was a dream week!”

“This has been one of the richest musical experiences of my life.”

“I cannot thank you all enough for this wonderful experience. To be in such a magical place as Oxford and to be touched by so many brilliant musical minds and teachers in such a short time is absolutely incredible. It has been an inspirational experience.”

Mastercourse - Principal Supporters:

  • The Cecil King Memorial Foundation
  • The Kirby Laing Foundation
  • The Fenton Arts Trust
  • The Fidelio Charitable Trust

Young Performers' Programme Supporters:

  • The Adrian Swire Charitable Trust
  • The John S Cohen Foundation
  • The Derrill Allatt Foundation
  • The Jean Meikle Music Trust
  • The Kirby Laing Foundation
  • The Rainbow Dickinson Trust
  • Members of the Schubert Circle and Nightingales

Anyone interested in adding further support for the Mastercourse should contact Ellen Parkes at [email protected].