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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 Mastercourse reflects 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.

We are delighted to welcome Wolfgang Holzmair, renowned as one of the great baritones of our time, and a highly-regarded teacher, to lead the week-long course during the 2016 Festival. He will be joined by guest tutors including Matti Hirvonen, Richard Stokes, Robert Holl, and Julius Drake.

Classes take place throughout the day at Headington School, from October 23rd to 28th. Full board and lodging are provided, and participants have free admission to all Oxford Lieder Festival events for the duration of the course.

The course culminates in a public lunchtime concert given by course participants on Saturday 29 October, the closing day of the Festival, in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford.

If you are interested in participating in the 2016 Oxford Lieder Mastercourse, please download the information and application form below, or email Applications must be received by Monday 11 July 2016.

Download mastercourse information

Download mastercourse application form

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.”

The Oxford Lieder Mastercourse is generously supported by The Derrill Allatt Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation. Anyone interested in adding further support for the Mastercourse should contact Peter Burrows at

For applications and queries about the course contact