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Tales of Beyond - Magic, Myths and Mortals

11th - 26th October 2019

The 18th Oxford Lieder Festival will explore life, death, and the mysterious areas between and beyond. Sprites and nymphs cause mayhem and mischief, while legends abound from Greco-Roman sagas to the Lorelei and the Erlking. Storytelling with the Crick Crack Club, a ghost tour, a magic show and more all complement the myriad concerts, masterclasses and study events over a packed fortnight. International stars and prize-winning young artists will take us on a captivating journey through magic, myths and mortals.


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Friday 11th October

11:30 AM

1. Trolls, Myths and Mountains: Claire Booth, Christopher Glynn, Daniel Grimley & Heather O'Donoghue

Study Event

11 Oct 2019 11:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Nordic legends, Norse gods, trolls and magical landscapes: a riveting exploration of these influences on the music of Edvard Grieg begins the Festival. In the first part of this event, Heather O’Donoghue will introduce key stories and characters from Old Norse myths, interspersed with songs and piano music. Daniel Grimley, who led last year’s Nordic Song day, then introduces ‘...

3:30 PM

2. Beowulf: Jess Dandy & Dylan Perez

Early Evening

11 Oct 2019 15:30 | Holywell Music Room

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Cheryl Frances-Hoad, one of today’s most exciting composers, as our first Associate Composer, generously supported by the Nicholas John Trust. Over a three-year partnership, in addition to several commissions we will programme a number of her existing works, beginning today with her colourful settings of extracts from Seamus Heaney...

5:00 PM

3. The Kalevala: Where the Bear Sleeps

Early Evening

11 Oct 2019 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

Nick Hennessey is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading contemporary storytellers. In 2000 Nick entered the world championship of epic-singing in Espoo near Helsinki, performing The Kalevala (the Finnish national epic) to the Finns, in English. And he won! Today, he delivers us into the deep, snow-filled forests of the Finnish far north. In this world created from shards of egg-s...

Festive Supper

Suppers

11 Oct 2019 18:00 | The Vaults and Garden Café

Saturday 12th October

10:30 AM

5. Family Event: The Thought Machine

Families & Children

12 Oct 2019 10:30 | Holywell Music Room

A magical Thought Machine lets us use our imagination to go anywhere… Dynamic singer-pianist ensemble Songspiel, together with hand shadowgrapher Drew Colby, introduce a range of weird and wistful characters from anxious Viking warriors to the superhero Hamster Man. With music by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, poetry by Kate Wakeling from her award-winning collection Moon Juice, and hand-formed sh...

11:00 AM

7. Carl Loewe - Master Storyteller: Christina Gansch, Martin Hässler, Richard Stokes & Laura Tunbridge

Study Event

12 Oct 2019 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

‘For many years, Carl Loewe, our most outstanding ballad composer and quite likely the most productive one in this genre, completely disappeared from the collective memory of the public at large, this even though hardly any leading music expert would dispute his importance.’   This assessment by Walther Wossidlo is more than 100 years old – but misperceptions about ...

11:45 AM

6. Family Event: The Thought Machine Workshop

Participation Events Families & Children

12 Oct 2019 11:45 | Holywell Music Room

Drew Colby will give a hand shadow workshop following on from the performance at 10.30. Places are limited and booking is essential. See earlier event for full details.

5:30 PM

8. Fantastical Worlds: Ema Nikolovska & Gary Beecher

Early Evening

12 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Ema Nikolovska and Gary Beecher are winners of this year’s Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, which attracts the very best emerging talent. In their showcase recital, they explore spells and enchantments, with music by Sibelius, Medtner, Liszt, Alison Bauld and Donald Swann, and including texts by Shakespeare and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Festive Supper

Suppers

12 Oct 2019 18:30 | The Vaults and Garden Café

Sunday 13th October

11:00 AM

10. Clara Schumann - Rethinking the Myth: Tara Erraught, Kitty Whately, James Baillieu, Joe Davies & Natasha Loges

Study Event

13 Oct 2019 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Presented in association with the Royal College of Music   Clara (Wieck) Schumann, born 200 years ago this year, was an extraordinary figure: overshadowed in the history books by her husband Robert, but in reality a musical powerhouse in her own right. An inspired composer, brilliant and famous pianist, muse to Brahms and others, and mother of eight children, she led a long, complex ...

5:00 PM

12. Clara Schumann, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Edvard Grieg: Ivana Gavrić

Chamber Music Early Evening

13 Oct 2019 17:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Pianist Ivana Gavrić has garnered praise for her ‘impressive, insightful’ playing (Washington Post), that is ‘instinctively attuned to the moods and shades of the music’ (Daily Telegraph). She performs works by the masterful pianist-composer Clara Schumann, as well as works by Edvard Grieg and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.   Watch Ivana Gavrić playing Grieg: [youtub...

Festive Supper

Suppers

13 Oct 2019 18:00 | St Stephen's House

Monday 14th October

10:30 AM

14. A Magical Mystery Tour

Last Few Tickets!

Study Event

14 Oct 2019 10:30 | Pitt Rivers Museum

A guided tour of the Pitt Rivers Museum’s magical artefacts begins our magic-themed day. Two groups will each enjoy a 30-minute guided tour from one of the Museum’s curators, and 30 minutes to wander the Museum more generally ahead of public opening. (Booking essential)

11:45 AM

15. Magic, Myth and Monsters: Policing the Borders of Belief

Study Event

14 Oct 2019 11:45 | Holywell Music Room

Focussing on early modern trials, from that of Magdeleine d'Auvermont, who dreamed herself pregnant while her husband was away fighting in the wars, through to that of Louis Gaufridi, burned as both a witch and a magician, Wes Williams explores what courts, confessions, expert witnesses, and common conceptions can tell us about how societies police the frontiers of the credible, the borders...

1:05 PM

16. The Fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen: Lotte Betts-Dean & Joseph Havlat

Lunchtime

14 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Winners of this year’s Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, Lotte Betts-Dean and Joseph Havlat are already being hailed as bright stars of the song world. Their programme of Danish fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen includes music by Prokofiev, Schumann, Nielsen and even Kate Bush.

3:00 PM

17. Alchemy, Magic and the Legend of Faust

Study Event

14 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

Alexandra Lloyd and Emma Smith discuss the history of Faust – the man himself, and the role of alchemy and magic in the legends that grew around him from the sixteenth century onwards. Moving from German origins to Christopher Marlowe, into the German Romantic writers and the wider revival of interest in the twentieth century, this fascinating discussion is interspersed with Faust setting...

5:30 PM

18. Nordic Magic: Martin Sturfält

Chamber Music Early Evening

14 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The acclaimed Swedish pianist Martin Sturfält performs the magnificent, colourful ‘Northern Lights’ sonata by the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin, inspired by the mythical and magical notions attributed in Sami culture to the Aurora Borealis. He also performs two works by Franz Liszt, inspired by Lenau’s Faust: ‘Der nächtliche Zug’ (‘The night-time p...

Festive Supper

Suppers

14 Oct 2019 18:30 | The Vaults and Garden Café

Tuesday 15th October

11:00 AM

20. Holywell Cemetery

Sold Out - Waiting List Only

Study Event

15 Oct 2019 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

A stone’s throw from the Holywell Music Room is the beautifully rambling Holywell Cemetery. Many well-known figures are buried there including the famous Sanskrit scholar and philologist Max Müller, the son of Wilhelm Müller who was the poet of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise. William Whyte, Chair of the Oxford Preservation Trust and the Oxford His...

1:05 PM

21. A Young Man's Exhortation: Ben Johnson & Roger Vignoles

Lunchtime

15 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

A star duo performs a recital of English song, including Michael Tippett’s ‘Cantata’ for tenor and piano, Boyhood’s End, written in 1943 for Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Gerald Finzi’s settings of Thomas Hardy in his cycle A Young Man’s Exhortation dwell on the passage of time and the twilight of life, summed up in its closing words: ‘And mourn not...

3:00 PM

22. Who Am I When I Am Dead?

Study Event

15 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

We spend the afternoon in late-medieval France, where cultural representations of the dead proliferated, functioning not only as memento mori to encourage moral living but also as imaginative experiments posing questions about what constitutes human identity and who defines a person when they die. Helen Swift, author of the acclaimed book Representing the Dead, considers the relationship betwee...

5:30 PM

23. Death and the Maiden: Doric String Quartet

Chamber Music Early Evening

15 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Now established as one of the world’s pre-eminent quartets, the Doric Quartet makes a welcome return to the Festival to play Schubert’s peerless ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet. Composed in 1824 the central set of variations takes the song 'Der Tod und das Mädchen' as its theme and the piece is widely regarded as one of Schubert's great chamber music mast...

Festive Supper

Suppers

15 Oct 2019 18:30 | The Vaults and Garden Café

10:00 PM

25. In Paradisum: The Carice Singers

Late Night Sacred music

15 Oct 2019 22:00 | New College Chapel

In a magical way to end the day, the acclaimed Carice Singers perform a programme of ethereally expressive music which views death as only the start of our journey into paradise. Purcell’s Funeral Sentences are followed by Gesualdo’s Responsories for Holy Saturday, Grieg’s Four Psalms (his final composition), and In Paradisum by the Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva. The ...

Wednesday 16th October

1:05 PM

26. Sibelius and Rachmaninov: Jacques Imbrailo & Alisdair Hogarth

Lunchtime

16 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Jacques Imbrailo, recent star of the Royal Opera's acclaimed production of Billy Budd, and Alisdair Hogarth make a much-anticipated return to the Festival in a wonderful programme of songs by Sibelius and Rachmaninoff, including the high drama of ‘Svarta Rosor’ (‘Black Roses’) and the haunting ‘V molchan’i nochi taynoy’ (‘In the sile...

3:00 PM

27. Nosferatu: film screening with live performance by Neil Brand

Film Screening

16 Oct 2019 15:00 | T.S. Eliot Theatre, Merton College

A rare opportunity to experience F.W. Murnau’s 1922 cinematic masterpiece, Nosferatu, with live piano accompaniment performed by Neil Brand. The ‘doyen of silent film pianists’ (Radio 4), Neil Brand is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, a regular presenter on BBC Radio and TV, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest improvising piano accompan...

5:45 PM

28. The Ghost Trio: Phoenix Piano Trio

Chamber Music Early Evening

16 Oct 2019 17:45 | Holywell Music Room

In this potent, single-work concert, the Phoenix Piano Trio performs Beethoven’s extraordinary ‘Ghost’ Trio, with its famous slow movement that provided themes for Beethoven’s sketches for a projected opera of Macbeth. Please note the slightly later start time of 5.45pm for this concert, to allow time for audience members to also attend the earlier film screening...

Festive Supper

Suppers

16 Oct 2019 18:15 | The Vaults and Garden Café

8:45 PM

30. Ghost Trail: Bill Spectre

Late Night

16 Oct 2019 20:45 | New College Chapel

Bill Spectre’s famous Ghost Trail (voted in the top ten of its kind in the world) is a fun, informative and spooky way to explore Oxford’s history, on the sites of hauntings and ghost sightings. Tonight’s specially designed tour begins at New College after the earlier concert, and takes in some city centre landmarks before ending back on Broad Street. A spine-tingling end to t...

Thursday 17th October

1:05 PM

31. The Schumanns: Alessandro Fisher & Ashok Gupta

Lunchtime

17 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Alessandro Fisher is a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist and current BBC New Generation Artist. He and prize-winning pianist Ashok Gupta present songs by Clara Schumann as well as Robert Schumann’s settings of Heine in his Liederkreis Op.24. They also include Schumann settings of Eduard Mörike, ahead of our afternoon study event exploring this fascinating and significant poet, and th...

3:00 PM

32. Mörike, Magic Realist: Ray Ockenden

Study Event

17 Oct 2019 15:00 | Ashmolean Museum: Lecture Theatre

Eduard Mörike was a significant poet for many composers, most particularly in the songs of Hugo Wolf. Ray Ockenden, Emeritus Fellow in German at Wadham College, talks about Mörike’s life, his poetic approach, his love of music and his fantastical imaginary creations, ahead of this evening’s concert.

4:00 PM

33. Schools Project Concert

Free Events Families & Children

17 Oct 2019 16:00 | Ashmolean Museum

Directed and introduced by John Webb Each year, Oxford Lieder works with local schools in an in-depth creative project where children, under the guidance of the inspirational workshop leader John Webb, write the words and music of their own song cycle. They take initial inspiration from a trip to the Ashmolean Museum and present the resulting composition in a free performance in the Ashmolea...

5:30 PM

34. Mozart's Journey to Prague: Lucy Hall, Jonathan Stone & Sholto Kynoch

Chamber Music Early Evening

17 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

In November 1787, Mozart returned triumphant to Prague for the premiere of Don Giovanni. His trip there was brought colourfully to life by Eduard Mörike in his famous novella Mozart’s Journey to Prague. For this concert, the great A major violin sonata K526, written at the same time as Don Giovanni, and songs of the same period are heard within an abridged retelling of Mörike&rs...

Festive Supper

Suppers

17 Oct 2019 18:30 | The Vaults and Garden Café

Friday 18th October

11:00 AM

36. Future Song: Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Ross Griffey, Martin Suckling & Stephen Newbould

Free Events Study Event

18 Oct 2019 11:00 | St Edmund Hall: The Old Dining Hall

Composers Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Ross Griffey and Martin Suckling, all of whom have newly-commissioned works being premiered in the Festival, take part in a discussion led by Stephen Newbould, CEO of Spitalfields Music and formerly of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. They discuss their own work, but also wider questions of style, perception and reception of new music and song in particular. ...

1:05 PM

37. Nature's Beauty: James Newby & Simon Lepper

Lunchtime

18 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in association with BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists   The exceptional young baritone James Newby, a current BBC New Generation Artist, joins Simon Lepper for a programme full of flora and fauna, including Poulenc’s witty Le bestiaire and songs by Brahms, Schubert, Mahler and Finzi. Watch James Newby sing Poulenc's La Grenouillère: [youtube url=ht...

3:30 PM

38. Evolution of a Song Cycle

Free Events Pre-concert Talks

18 Oct 2019 15:30 | Museum of Natural History: Lecture Theatre

Presented in association with the Museum of Natural History   In a discussion led by John Holmes (editor of the Museum’s anthology Guests of Time), composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, soprano Carola Darwin, poet Kelley Swain and scientist James Neenan talk about the collaborative process behind a Darwin-inspired song cycle with new poetry and music, ahead of this evening’s cham...

5:45 PM

39. Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Carola Darwin & Gildas Quartet

Chamber Music Early Evening

18 Oct 2019 17:45 | Museum of Natural History

Our newly-appointed Associate Composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, has written a cycle of songs for soprano and string quartet, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, setting poetry about evolution and the environment by the Museum of Natural History’s three poets-in-residence in 2016: Kelley Swain, John Barnie and Steven Matthews. The Gildas Quartet also performs Fantasias and Chaconne by Purcell. E...

Festive Supper

Suppers

18 Oct 2019 18:30 | The Vaults and Garden Café

Saturday 19th October

10:45 AM

41. Schubert & Mortality: Imogen Cooper, James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook & Lorraine Byrne Bodley

Lunchtime Study Event

19 Oct 2019 10:45 | Holywell Music Room

10.45am - 11.20am Internationally acclaimed for her interpretations of Schubert, pianist Imogen Cooper begins her trilogy of the composer’s last three piano with the darkly turbulent C minor Sonata, D958.NB: the other two performances at 5.15pm and 10pm are ticketed separately.     11.30am - 12.30pm Unresting Death: On Schubert’s Final Years. Eminent Schuber...

5:15 PM

42. Schubert Sonata in A Major: Imogen Cooper

Chamber Music Early Evening

19 Oct 2019 17:15 | Saint John the Evangelist

In his penultimate piano sonata, the Sonata in A major D959, Schubert uses some of his most positive and uplifting music to frame a slow movement of shocking grief and desperate anger. A Day Pass is available for the whole 'Schubert and (Im)mortality' day for £90, giving access to the full study day and all concerts. Watch Imogen Cooper play Schubert's Hungarian M...

Festive Supper

Suppers

19 Oct 2019 18:00 | St Stephen's House

10:00 PM

44. Schubert Sonata in B Flat Major: Imogen Cooper

Late Night

19 Oct 2019 22:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

An exhilarating day draws to a close with a performance of one of Schubert’s best-loved works, his expansive and life-affirming final sonata: the Sonata in B flat major D960. A Day Pass is available for the whole 'Schubert and (Im)mortality' day for £90, giving access to the full study day and all concerts.

Sunday 20th October

10:00 AM

45. Cushion Concerts for Under 5s and Over 5s: Ted Black, Rachel Fright

Families & Children

20 Oct 2019 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Presented in association with the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building   A fun exploration of music and words, the human voice and the piano, singing and playing, for all the family. This is part of the well-established Cushion Concerts series at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building. The monthly Cushion Concerts introduce a wide variety of music and instruments to children ...

10:00 AM

46. Roderick Williams in Conversation

Sold Out - Waiting List Only

Pre-concert Talks

20 Oct 2019 10:00 | Ashmolean Museum

Philip Bullock interviews Roderick Williams on his life, career and favourite music over coffee and pastries, in the beautiful rooftop restaurant of the Ashmolean Museum.

11:00 AM

47. Last Supper in Pompeii

Study Event

20 Oct 2019 11:00 | Ashmolean Museum: Lecture Theatre

Paul Roberts is the Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum and is the curator of their exhibition, Last Supper in Pompeii. He gives a special talk on the exhibition in the Lecture Theatre from 11am, followed by a visit to the exhibition itself from midday. Presented in assocation with the Ashmolean Museum

2:30 PM

48. Housman's Myth-Making

Pre-concert Talks Study Event

20 Oct 2019 14:30 | St John's College Auditorium

Please note this event is FREE for ticketholders of 'On Wenlock Edge' at 3pm.   As part of his attempt to separate his poetry and his profession as a classicist, A. E. Housman downplayed classical references in his verse. Jennifer Ingleheart, Professor of Latin at the University of Durham, explores the significance of some of his classical myths and allusi...

3:00 PM

49. On Wenlock Edge: Daniel Norman, Sholto Kynoch & Brodsky Quartet

Sold Out - Waiting List Only

Chamber Music Early Evening Film Screening

20 Oct 2019 15:00 | St John's College Auditorium

In 2014, Oxford Lieder commissioned an animated film of Schubert’s Erlkönig from puppeteer Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood that has been viewed nearly 5 million times! Jeremy has now created a new animated film for Ralph Vaughan Williams’s settings of Housman, On Wenlock Edge, designed for live performance. In the newly refurbished auditorium at St John’s College, we are thril...

4:15 PM

50. Music of Ancient Greece

Pre-concert Talks Study Event

20 Oct 2019 16:15 | St John's College Auditorium

Please note this event is FREE for ticketholders of 'On Wenlock Edge' at 3pm.     Armand D’Angour, Professor of Classics at Jesus College and former professional cellist, discusses the music of ancient Greece: what do we know, how did it sound, and how did words and music interact? Watch 'Rediscovering Ancient Greek Music', introduced by A...

Monday 21st October

11:15 AM

52. An Arctic Exploration: Ross Griffey

Free Events Pre-concert Talks

21 Oct 2019 11:15 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

Presented in association with the Bodleian Libraries   Ahead of the premiere of his new work this evening, composer Ross Griffey talks about his experiences as an Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries and the inspirations behind his songs of winter journeying and Arctic exploration, in particular the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.    &...

1:05 PM

53. Invitation Au Voyage: Marie-Laure Garnier & Célia Oneto Bensaid

Lunchtime

21 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in association with the Académie Orsay-Royaumont and the Institut Français Royaume Uni   Marie-Laure Garnier returns to the Festival following a sensational performance of Debussy songs in 2018, this time with pianist Célia Oneto Bensaid. Their concert is under the banner of the Académie Orsay-Royaumont, a year-long course for exceptional young d...

3:00 PM

54. In Search of An Ending: Laura Tunbridge

Pre-concert Talks Study Event

21 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

With two masterpieces ahead of us this evening, Laura Tunbridge explores the links, sometimes ignored and sometimes overstated, between Schubert and Beethoven in their final years.

5:30 PM

55. Beethoven Op. 130: Albion Quartet

Chamber Music Early Evening

21 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The electrifying Albion Quartet - who gave a stunning performance of the Dvořák Piano Quintet with Christopher Glynn at the 2018 Festival - play Beethoven’s late masterpiece, the String Quartet in B flat major Op.130. They perform it with Beethoven’s original finale, the famous ‘Grosse Fuge’, that is still as arresting today as it was when it was first h...

Festive Supper

Suppers

21 Oct 2019 18:30 | St Stephen's House

Tuesday 22nd October

10:00 AM

57. Masterclass with Roderick Williams

Sold Out - Waiting List Only

Free Events Study Event

22 Oct 2019 10:00 | The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

Roderick Williams works with winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. All are welcome.

1:05 PM

58. Schéhérazade: Caitlin Hulcup & Gary Matthewman

Lunchtime

22 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

We are delighted to welcome back the renowned mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup and leading pianist Gary Matthewman. At the heart of their programme is Ravel’s vibrant and evocative Schéhérazade, conjuring the exotic world of the Thousand and One Nights, the Persian king Shahryar and his young bride Scheherazade. Other songs of queens, knights and mystical lands feature, by Schum...

3:00 PM

59. Knights in Shining Armour

Study Event

22 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

Daniel Godfrey, curator and collaborator on a number of exhibitions in the British Museum, including German Romantic prints and drawings from an English private collection (2011), discusses the imagery of ruins, knights and medieval myth in German Romantic art.

5:30 PM

60. The Shepherd on the Rock: Elin Manahan Thomas, Joseph Shiner & Jocelyn Freeman

Chamber Music Early Evening

22 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

One of Schubert’s last works, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (‘The Shepherd on the Rock’) was commissioned in 1828 as a showpiece for the soprano Anna Milder and has remained a popular staple of the repertoire ever since. Renowned soprano Elin Manahan Thomas performs this, in a programme that also includes works by Rossini, other songs by Schubert, and Schumann’s Fantasiest&uum...

Festive Supper

Suppers

22 Oct 2019 18:30 | The Vaults and Garden Café

Wednesday 23rd October

11:45 AM

62. Moral Contradictions: Helen Abbott

Study Event

23 Oct 2019 11:45 | Holywell Music Room

Moral Contradictions: Fables and Tales from Baudelaire and La Fontaine. Helen Abbott introduces settings of Baudelaire in song – following the recent culmination of the Baudelaire Song Project – and the Aesop-influenced poems of Jean de la Fontaine, ahead of today's lunchtime concert.

1:05 PM

63. French Fables: Jess Dandy & Sholto Kynoch

Lunchtime

23 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in association with the University of Birmingham   Contralto Jess Dandy, an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, is fast emerging as one of the most exciting young singers today. Her programme features settings of Baudelaire, including the world premiere of a new song by our Associate Composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad. She and Sholto Kynoch also perform settings of the seventeenth-centu...

3:00 PM

64. The Golden Age of Fables: Claire Ward, Guy Murgatroyd, Katherine Astbury & Katherine Hambridge

Study Event

23 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

This afternoon's event looks at the fable in France and Germany from the late 17th century through to the Napoleonic era with a focus on La Fontaine, Lessing and Florian - and a nod or two to Aesop of course. This fascinating talk is illustrated with settings of Lessing by composers including Beethoven and Haydn, performed by Claire Ward and Guy Murga...

5:30 PM

65. Schubert Quartet in G: Piatti Quartet

Chamber Music Early Evening

23 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The prize-winning Piatti Quartet, described in the Evening Standard as ‘a young ensemble at its finest’, returns to the Festival to play Schubert’s last string quartet, the expansive and profound Quartet in G D887, written in 1826.   Watch the Piatti Quartet perform the second movement of Haydn't 'Emperor' Quartet: [youtube url=https://youtu.be/VTydqw...

Festive Supper

Suppers

23 Oct 2019 18:30 | St Stephen's House

9:30 PM

67. Schubert and the Comedian Harmonists: Schubert & Co.

Late Night

23 Oct 2019 21:30 | The Mad Hatter

In the convivial setting of the Mad Hatter bar on Iffley Road, the male voices of ensemble Schubert & Co. round off our Schubert focus on a high. Sociable drinking songs by Schubert fill the Mad Hatter cocktail bar, alongside uplifting music by the world-famous close harmony group of the ‘20s and ‘30s, The Comedian Harmonists. Tickets include one drink and the bar will b...

Thursday 24th October

1:05 PM

69. The Rose and the Willow: Mercedes Gancedo & Beatriz Miralles

Lunchtime

24 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Prize-winning Argentinian soprano Mercedes Gancedo and exciting young pianist Beatriz Miralles have been the Young Artists in Residence at the LIFE Victoria Festival in Barcelona. They present songs by the Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge and the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera. At the heart of the programme, the masterful songs of Ginastera’s compatriot Carlos Guastavino, including the...

3:00 PM

70, Les Chansons de Bilitis: Helen Abbott, Gabriella Dall'Olio & Musicians from Faculty of Music

Pre-concert Talks Study Event

24 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

The erotic poems of Pierre Louÿs’s Les Chansons de Bilitis, which the author falsely claimed were translated from Ancient Greek, inspired several works by Claude Debussy. This is a rare chance to hear his Musique de scene pour les chansons de Bilitis, for two flutes, two harps and celeste, introduced and narrated by Helen Abbott. Musicians from Oxford University's Faculty of M...

5:30 PM

71. The Rite of Spring: Owen-Apekisheva Duo

Chamber Music Early Evening

24 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The Owen-Apekisheva Duo gave a stunning performance at last year’s Festival and we are thrilled that they will return for two concerts this year. In the first of these, they perform Debussy’s Épigraphes Antiques, based on the music he had written to accompany Pierre Louÿs’s poems Les Chansons de Bilitis (see 3pm event and 8pm concert). Alongside this, we hear Strav...

Festive Supper

Suppers

24 Oct 2019 18:30 | Keepers Kitchen at Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

Friday 25th October

1:05 PM

73. Solitude: Ilker Arcayürek & Hartmut Höll

Lunchtime

25 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Austrian tenor Ilker Arcayürek has been described by The Guardian as ‘in a class of his own’, and Opera Now wrote of him, in their list of Top Ten Rising Stars, as a ‘golden and natural lyric tenor’. We are delighted that he will give his Festival debut with the world-renowned pianist Hartmut Höll. Their all-Schubert programme includes the Beethoven-inspired &l...

3:00 PM

74. Messiaen & Wagner

Pre-concert Talks Study Event

25 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

Ahead of an extraordinary trio of concerts this evening, Philip Bullock introduces the music of Messiaen and Wagner and the links between them, in particular exploring Messiaen’s ‘Tristan Trilogy’.

5:30 PM

75. Visions de L'Amen: Owen-Apekisheva Duo

Chamber Music Early Evening

25 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

In the second of their concerts this year, the Owen-Apekisheva Duo perform Messiaen’s epic masterpiece for two pianos, Visions de l’Amen. It was written in 1943 and performed in the same year by the composer and his student and future wife, Yvonne Loriod.

Festive Supper

Suppers

25 Oct 2019 18:30 | St Stephen's House

10:00 PM

77. Harawi - Song of Love and Death: Gweneth Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

Late Night

25 Oct 2019 22:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Setting his own texts, in the spirit of Wagner and Debussy, Messiaen’s epic song cycle Harawi was inspired by Peruvian folklore and the indigenous Quechuan language. The first of his ‘Tristan Trilogy’ (with echoes of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde), the work explores love that can only be truly fulfilled in death. Gweneth Ann Rand is an acclaimed interpreter of Messiaen and...

Saturday 26th October

11:00 AM

78. The Boy's Magic Horn

Lunchtime Study Event

26 Oct 2019 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

We explore the Grimm Brothers’ fairy-stories and wonder-tales, and the magical language of Des Knaben Wunderhorn, the collection of folk poetry first published in Heidelberg. Joanna Neilly and Anthony Phelan will trace the sources and resources that reinvent German language and identity in these Heidelberg years when the Romantic movement pioneered a style for later important song poets. ...

4:30 PM

79. Duruflé Requiem: The Choir of Merton College, Olivia Warbuton, Benson Wilson & Rebecca McNaught

Some seating areas sold out

Early Evening Sacred music

26 Oct 2019 16:30 | Merton College Chapel

The Choir of Merton College, one of Oxford’s leading chapel choirs, performs Duruflé’s wonderful Requiem, alongside short works by Judith Weir and our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. This concert is a popular tradition of the final day of the Festival. We are delighted that the Choir and their Director Benjamin Nicholas will be joined by Olivia Warburton, who so impre...

Festive Supper

Suppers

26 Oct 2019 18:00 | St Stephen's House