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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



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Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont Street,

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:

Artist Portrait

Benjamin Appl

Benjamin Appl


Described as ‘the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’(Gramophone Magazine, UK), Benjamin Appl, Gramophone Award Young Artist of the Year 2016, is celebrated by audiences and critics in recital, concerts and opera. He was a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme from 2014-16 and was also a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist and ECHO Rising Star for the 2015-16 season, appearing in recital at major European venues including the Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharm... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Rowan Pierce

Rowan Pierce


Yorkshire-born Rowan Pierce is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and is a Harewood Artist at English National Opera. She has appeared regularly with ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Florilegium and Royal Northern Sinfonia. In 2017 she made her BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall debuts. Operatic roles have included Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppe... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson


Described as "that peerless song accompanist” by the Daily Telegraph (November 2015) Graham Johnson is recognised as one of the world’s leading vocal accompanists. Born in Rhodesia, he came to London to study in 1967. After leaving the Royal Academy of Music, his teachers included Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons. In 1972 he was the official pianist at Peter Pears' first masterclasses at the Snape Maltings, which brought him into contact with Benjamin Britten – a link which strengthened his determination to accomp... 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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Professor Michael Scott

Professor Michael Scott


Michael is a Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick and member of Warwick’s Global History and Culture Centre. His research and teaching focuses on aspects of ancient Greek and Roman society, as well as ancient Global History. In 2017-8 Michael held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on an ancient global history research project looking at the movement of luxury goods between the Mediterranean and China in antiquity. He is a National Teaching Fellow (the UK’s most prestigious award for tea... Read Full Biography

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