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Song at Wolfson / Felix Kemp: Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

28 November 2019, 18:00 - 19:00

The exceptional baritone Felix Kemp performs a glorious programme of high romanticism. Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov may be better known for their symphonic and piano music, but they were also at the heart of the great Russian song tradition, and it is a treat to hear a selection of their most beautiful and moving songs. Brahms's Four Serious Songs were the last songs of this masterful composer and are poignant, tender and ultimately uplifting. Felix and Sholto also include a selection of songs by Hugo Wolf, whose imaginative and inspired setting of poetry to music reached its apex in his settings of the poet Eduard Mörike. Felix Kemp is a young baritone on an exciting trajectory, who will soon be making his debut at the Royal Opera House, as well as Longborough Opera, Welsh National Opera and elsewhere. This is a fantastic way to begin our new season of Oxford Lieder recitals at Wolfson College.

After the concert, book a table at the nearby Cherwell Boathouse and show your ticket to enjoy a complimentary glass of Gusborne Estate sparkling wine with your dinner. Booking is essential to take advantage of this offer: / 01865 552746.

Artist Portrait

Felix Kemp

Felix Kemp


Praised by The Guardian for his “appealing baritone,” and awarded an Audition Oracle Singers’ Preparation Scholarship, Felix Kemp makes his debut with the Royal Opera, London, this season as a Flemish Deputy Don Carlo. At the Royal Opera House, he will also give a Crush Room Recital, and highlights of his current season further include Don Fernando Fidelio for Lyric Opera, Dublin, J. S. Bach Lutheran Massand Mozart Requiem on tour with the Israel Camerata, the St John Passionin Sunderland Minster, Richard Blackford&rsquo... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

Song at Wolfson 2019/20

We are delighted our 'Song at Wolfson' series is returning for another year of early-evening song recitals in collaboration with Wolfson College.   The auditorium at Wolfson is an ideal space for song performance: intimate, with excellent acoustics and a fine Steinway piano. The series showcases outstanding singers who are in the early stages of highly suc...

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