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51. A Night at The Museum: Benjamin Appl, Graham Johnson, Rowan Pierce, Nathaniel Mander & Prof. Michael Scott

20 October 2019, 19:00 - 22:00

Presented in association with Classics for All

One of the highlights of this year’s Festival is an evening in multiple parts at the Ashmolean Museum. In the Randolph Sculpture Gallery, Benjamin Appl and Graham Johnson explore songs of classical mythology, surrounded by Greco-Roman statues. Upstairs, in the rooftop restaurant, Michael Scott – well-known Classicist and presenter for BBC, ITV and National Geographic – gives a talk entitled ‘Ancient Myths Now and in the Future’. And in the stunning setting of the Mallett Gallery, with the Museum’s famous Kirkman harpsichord, Rowan Pierce and Nathaniel Mander perform songs by Purcell with roots in mythology.

Ticket information

Please note: Concert Only Tickets are valid only for the Benjamin Appl/Graham Johnson part of the evening.
To attend the other parts, please buy Full Evening Ticket.

The ticket shows what time you are scheduled to start - please make a note of this:

Group A - 7pm start in Mallett Gallery
Group B - 7.30pm start in Greek and Roman Sculpture Gallery

Group C - 7.30pm start (Appl/Johnson concert only in Greek and Roman Sculpture Gallery)
Group D & U35s - 8.45pm start - arrive at 8.15pm for drinks (Appl/Johnson concert only in Greek and Roman Sculpture Gallery)
GROUP D: PLEASE ENTER VIA ST GILES - there is no access to the Ashmolean from Beaumont Street

Please do not arrive more than ten minutes before your alloted start time as we may not be able to let you in to the building if performances are happening.

An Oxford Lieder steward will guide you through the evening. All audience members will gather together in the Atrium for a central, celebratory interval drink (all tickets include a glass of wine or non-alcoholic drink).

Please email the Box Office if you have any questions, or would like to join the waiting list for Full Evening Tickets.

Watch Rowan Pierce singing Purcell:

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Benjamin Appl

Benjamin Appl


Hailed as ‘the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists’ (Financial Times), baritone Benjamin Appl is celebrated by audiences and critics alike for a voice that ‘belongs to the last of the old great masters of song’ with ‘an almost infinite range of colours’ (Suddeutsche Zeitung), ‘exacting attention to text’ (New York Times), and artistry that’s described as ‘unbearably moving’ (The Times). Named Gramophone Award Young Artist of the Year in 2016, Appl wa... Read Full Biography
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Rowan Pierce

Rowan Pierce


Yorkshire born soprano Rowan Pierce was awarded the President's Award by HRH Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music in 2017. She won both the Song Prize and First Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition in 2017, the first Schubert Society Singer Prize in 2014 and the Van Someren Godfery Prize at the RCM. She was a Britten Pears young artist, a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a Harewood Artist at English National Opera. Rowan has appeared in concert throughou... Read Full Biography
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Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson


"That peerless song accompanist” (Daily Telegraph) Graham Johnson formed the Songmakers' Almanac and has appeared in recital with Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Angeles, Elly Ameling, Arleen Auger, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Philip Langridge, Serge Leiferkus, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Edith Mathis, Ann Murray, Lucia Popp, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Margaret Price, Thomas Quastoff, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Dorothea Rö... Read Full Biography
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Nathaniel Mander

Nathaniel Mander


Nathaniel Mander is one of the most exciting early keyboard players to emerge on the scene in recent years. Known for his expressive and virtuosic performances, he pursues an international career performing as harpsichordist and fortepianist. At a young age Nathaniel was entranced by the unique sound of the harpsichord and was inspired to take up the instrument. He began his education with Richard Lester in Cirencester, where he also gave his first recitals. In 2007 Nathaniel moved to London to train at the Royal Academy of Music with Car... Read Full Biography
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