Spring Song 2020
27th March - 4th April 2020
We’re thrilled to present this newly expanded Spring Song festival, which features outstanding concerts every evening and is the new home of our renowned residential Mastercourse.
We welcome exceptional artists for the concert series, several of whom also appear as guest tutors on the Mastercourse. The course is led by the acclaimed soprano Joan Rodgers and a special day of participation events takes place just before the festival begins.
With a great range of music and poetry, top artists and brilliant young musicians, there’s a thrilling week in store and we look forward to seeing you there.
A Full Spring Song Pass is available to purchase for £190 representing the best value for the best value for those attending all Spring Song Events.
A Mastercourse Pass* is available to purchase for £45: the best value for those attending 9 sessions or more throughout the week.
An Evening Concert Pass is also available for £165.
All Spring Song Passes are available to purchase on the Booking page.
*Please note, the Mastercourse Pass does not include any evening concerts or the Mastercouse concert on Saturday 4 April 2020.
Friday 27th March
Saturday 28th March
28 Mar 2020 20:00 | Holywell Music RoomSensational Irish soprano Ailish Tynan and acclaimed pianist James Baillieu give the opening recital of Spring Song in a wonderful programme that includes Grieg’s Six German Songs, Op.48. Setting poets including Goethe and Heine, these masterful songs retain a folk-like quality as they explore the full gamut of emotions. Also included are songs by Wolf (from the Italian Songbook), Duparc ...
Sunday 29th March
29 Mar 2020 20:00 | Holywell Music RoomThe wonderful Austrian soprano Christina Gansch, whose stunning performance at the 2019 BBC Proms was universally acclaimed, returns for a recital with Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch. Their programme includes Berg’s luxuriously romantic Seven Early Songs, alongside folk-inspired early songs of Gustav Mahler and songs by Robert Schumann. SPRING SONG PAS...
Monday 30th March
30 Mar 2020 20:00 | Holywell Music RoomDorottya Láng last appeared alongside Toby Spence in Janacek’s The Diary of One who Disappeared at the 2018 Lieder Festival, where she also gave a sensational recital of Hungarian songs. We are delighted to welcome her back with Julius Drake, the ‘collaborative pianist nonpareil’ (The New Yorker). Their programme includes Dvorak’s fiery Gypsy Songs, Ravel’s ...
Tuesday 31st March
31 Mar 2020 20:00 | Holywell Music RoomAt last year’s Spring Song, Klemens Sander stepped in at short notice to give a stunning performance of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. This year, he returns to Schubert, in a programme that explores the recurring theme of water that appears in Schubert’s songs, whether as a messenger of love, a symbol of transience or a home to various fishermen, sailors and other figur...
Wednesday 1st April
01 Apr 2020 20:00 | Holywell Music RoomLotte Betts-Dean and Joseph Havlat were winners of the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and are both members of Ensemble x.y, a London-based group of performers, composers and curators specializing in new music and contemporary performance practice. Tonight they perform a dazzling array of works for voice and chamber ensemble by living composers including Per Nørgå...
Thursday 2nd April
02 Apr 2020 20:00 | Holywell Music RoomBenjamin Appl is already established internationally as one of the most exciting singers of his generation. Together with Simon Lepper he presents a programme of journeys, from songs by Schubert and Wolf to Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (‘Songs of a Wayfarer’) and concluding with Vaughan Williams’ perennial favourite, the Songs of Travel. SPRING...
Friday 3rd April
03 Apr 2020 20:00 | Holywell Music RoomIrish tenor Robin Tritschler is considered to be one of today’s leading song interpreters, and enjoys a longstanding partnership with the esteemed pianist Graham Johnson. Their programme begins with Beethoven’s astonishing song cycle An die ferne Geliebte (‘To the Distant Beloved’). They include Schubert’s settings of his great friend Johann Mayrhofer, and the prog...