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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

10:30 AM

Masterclass with Joan Rodgers

Participation Events

27 Mar 2020 10:30 | Holywell Music Room

The internationally-renowned soprano Joan Rodgers will be leading this year’s Mastercourse, and this is a special chance for amateur song enthusiasts also to benefit directly from her experience and insights. There are spaces for ten singers. An accompanist will be provided if needed.  If you have any questions about this event, please email [email protected] ...

6:30 PM

Bring and Sing

Early Evening Participation Events

27 Mar 2020 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

A chance for one and all to tread the boards of the historic Holywell Music Room in an informal concert setting. An accompanist will be provided if needed, and short written feedback on the performance will be offered if desired. All are welcome.   If you have any questions about taking part, please email [email protected]   Observers are also welcome across the day,...

Saturday 28th March

11:00 AM

Poetry Making Song

Study Event

28 Mar 2020 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Oxford Lieder regulars Helen Abbott and Natasha Loges team up to lead an interactive study event looking at some famous poet-composer pairings from the French and German traditions. Using examples from Baudelaire and Debussy, Daumer and Brahms, Goethe and Schubert, and Verlaine and Fauré, we will explore meanings, contexts, and sounds in the poetry that makes up song. The sessions will i...

Sunday 29th March

2:00 PM

Mastercourse Day 1: Introducing the students

Mastercourse

29 Mar 2020 14:00 | Holywell Music Room

On this first day of the Mastercourse, Joan Rodgers works with our nine exceptional singer-pianist duos. This introductory session is an opportunity to hear and observe the students for the first time, as they begin their immersive journey in song.     SPRING SONG PASSES A Full Spring Song Pass is available to purchase for £190 representing th...

Monday 30th March

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day 2 with Joan Rodgers & James Baillieu

Mastercourse

30 Mar 2020 10:00 | Various

Lead Tutor: Joan Rodgers Holywell Music Room   Guest Tutor: James Baillieu Harris Manchester College Chapel Pianist James Baillieu is the first of our Guest Tutors this year, following his recital with Ailish Tynan on Saturday. James is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the head of the song programme at the Verbier Festival’s Atelier Lyrique. Our two venues ...

Tuesday 31st March

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day 3 with Joan Rodgers & Julius Drake

Mastercourse

31 Mar 2020 10:00 | Various

Lead Tutor: Joan Rodgers Holywell Music Room   Guest Tutor: Julius Drake Harris Manchester College Chapel   Today’s Guest Tutor is Julius Drake, one of the world’s leading accompanists. He is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.   Our two venue...

Wednesday 1st April

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day 4 with Helen Abbott - What’s the stress? Finding your feet with French poetry

Mastercourse

01 Apr 2020 10:00 | Holywell Music Room

Guest tutor: Helen Abbott    10am – 1pm Break 2pm – 3pm    Today’s shorter Mastercourse day opens with a talk by Professor Helen Abbott on the structures and stresses of French poetry, and its different metrical forms. It will explore ways of performing the ‘mute e’ and how it is accounted for in French poetry and song, as well...

Thursday 2nd April

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day 5 with Joan Rodgers & Graham Johnson

Mastercourse

02 Apr 2020 10:00 | Various

Lead Tutor: Joan Rodgers Holywell Music Room   Guest Tutor: Graham Johnson Harris Manchester College Chapel   Graham Johnson is internationally renowned as pianist, scholar and pedagogue. Today he shares his experience and insights with our Mastercourse students. Our two venues are only a few minutes’ walk from each other and observers are welcome to move be...

Friday 3rd April

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day 6 with Joan Rodgers & Simon Lepper

Mastercourse

03 Apr 2020 10:00 | Various

Lead Tutor: Joan Rodgers Holywell Music Room   Guest Tutor: Simon Lepper Harris Manchester College Chapel   Simon Lepper, Head of Collaborative Piano at the Royal College of Music, is renowned as a teacher and pedagogue as well as one of today’s leading song pianists. We are delighted to welcome him as this year’s final guest tutor.   Our two ven...

Saturday 4th April

11:00 AM

The Songmakers Almanac: Graham Johnson

Study Event

04 Apr 2020 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Graham Johnson’s Songmakers Almanac set a new standard for inventive programme and song performance when he established it in 1976. Today, he gives an illustrated talk on the history, artists, programmes and performances of this revered group…   SPRING SONG PASSES A Full Spring Song Pass is available to purchase for £190 representing the be...