Connections Across Time - A Brief History of Song
10th - 17th October 2020
Over a packed eight days, world-class artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams will present some 40 concerts and events, from venues across Oxford and completely live. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to enjoy these concerts live-streamed in the highest quality.
We’ll be exploring every possible advantage of this temporary move online: live Q&As with artists will follow concerts; we’ll be taking you into special and unusual venues; tickets will also give access to two further weeks of viewing as well as a host of fascinating and informative pre-concert resources.
CLOSER THAN EVER TO OUR ARTISTS
At the heart of the Festival will be an exceptional series of live concerts, with artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly, Lucy Crowe, James Gilchrist, Stephan Loges, Ashley Riches, Carolyn Sampson, and Roderick Williams, performing in stunning Oxford venues. We will be bringing you closer than ever to these artists, through interviews, live Q&As where you will have the chance to question the artists directly, and in the world-class filming and audio that will beam them directly to your home. We retain our strong commitment to the best emerging talent, and recitals will be given by the winners of this year's Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, as well as recent winners of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
CONNECTIONS ACROSS TIME
Our ‘Connections Across Time’theme will coax out links between Bach and Schubert, Dowland and Britten, and range from 14th-century songs by Guillaume de Machaut to freshly-minted works. Many of the perennial favourites of the song repertoire will naturally feature as well, with concerts devoted to Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and others. We explore diverse settings of poets, looking for example at the reception of the great Persian poet Hafiz across centuries and at Thomas Hardy's approach to the passing of time.
THE DREAMING SPIRES
Oxford itself and our many wonderful venues are an integral part of the Festival and will remain so. In addition to the usual range of venues at the Festival, we plan to take you into some stunning spaces that would not usually be accessible. A combination of our intimate art form, these magical places, and carefully crafted filming will create a different but special atmosphere and keep the Festival rooted in the fabric of the city.
A SEAT OF LEARNING
We are also fortunate to be based in Oxford for the wealth and diversity of specialists on hand who can draw connections between music, poetry, art, history, science and geography. With an online Festival, we can be more imaginative than ever with our study events. As well as masterclasses and live study events with musical illustrations, every concert will have a host of resources provided, from pre-recorded talks and interviews to curated playlists and listening notes, available to ticket holders from two weeks before the Festival.
A FESTIVE WEEK
This Festival will be diferent to others, but the personal, intimate feel that is a hallmark of Oxford Lieder will remain. We plan to host small online gatherings in study and listening groups, and will invite interaction at various events including the end of almost all recitals. We are also looking at any other ways to ensure people feel this is a truly shared experience and will announce further plans along with the full artistic programme in July.
Festival Passes are priced at £90. Passes give access to all of the Festival's 40 events, completely live and for two weeks after the Festival, as well as all associated resources; notes, translations, interviews, talks, and more. They represent a saving of some 60%.
THE PIONEER PASS:
Please also consider buying a special Pioneer Pass. The Pioneer Pass is a statement of enthusiasm and support for this year’s Festival, and includes a number of exclusive benefits:
Access to all 35+ Festival events, with a full month of access to the Oxford Lieder digital concert hall after the Festival, to enjoy all the concerts, talks and more at leisure
A special live concert, for Pioneer Pass holders only, on the eve of the Festival
Exclusive artist interviews and other content
An exclusive post-Festival DVD, with a selection of Festival highlights
Two guest tickets to Dame Sarah Connolly’s recital, to share with friends
An invitation to a special party, where we can convey our thanks in person, as soon such an event is viable
The Pioneer Pass supports Oxford Lieder and our artists, at a cost of £250 (equivalent to the total ticket cost of all Festival events). By buying a Pioneer Pass now you'll be helping ensure the success of this innovative and ambitious project.
Passes are on sale now and we would be delighted if you felt able to book straight away, so that we can finish the detailed planning of the Festival. As it is an online Festival, tickets will be useable per household. If you feel able to enhance your support by booking a Pass per person, we would be most grateful.
If for any reason we are unable to go ahead with this Festival, refunds will be processed automatically.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
- Concerts will be completely live, vibrantly filmed and streamed on our website in HD with top-level audio, and then available for two weeks after the end of the Festival (four weeks for Pioneer Pass holders).
- Ease of access will be key, and we will create various tutorials for anyone not comfortable with navigating online resources. We plan to have a technical partner for anyone keen to improve their home AV setup.
- Booking passes and tickets will work in the same simple, secure way as usual via our website. Tickets already have a unique 8-digit number, and this will become your password for each concert.
- Every concert will have its own ‘digital concert hall’, where its other resources (interviews, notes, texts, etc.) will be available approximately two weeks before and for two weeks after the Festival.
- Questions at study events and artist Q&As will be sent live by Twitter or email. Study groups and other gatherings will be hosted on Zoom.
Friday 9th October
09 Oct 2020 18:30 | Holywell Music RoomThis special recital is exclusively available to our Pioneer Passholders, without whose backing this year's Festival would not be possible. Find out more about the Pioneer Pass here. In a special programme exclusively for Pioneer Pass holders, the tenor Alessandro Fisher joins Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director – pianist Sholto Kynoch – for a feast of song from the ornat...
Saturday 10th October
10 Oct 2020 22:00 | Broughton CastleThe medieval French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut was one of the most important artistic figures of the 14th century, and his love songs bear comparison with their counterparts in the romantic song literature. Bringing us full circle to the period of music Brahms might well have encountered in the concerts of Amalie Joachim (see today’s study events), we could ask for no bett...
Sunday 11th October
11 Oct 2020 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music BuildingTo bring today to a close, we are delighted to welcome ensemble 'The Voice of Santur', comprising voice and three instrumentalists: Santur, tabla, and bazouki. They perform a number of settings of Hafez, both traditional and contemporary; a very special event not to be missed. This concert will be streamed completely live from the Holywell Music Room. Shortly afterwards, ...
Monday 12th October
12 Oct 2020 19:30 | Holywell Music RoomLucy Crowe ‘brings down the house with a soprano artistry beyond compare’ (The Independent). She makes a long-anticipated return to the Festival, with the brilliant Anna Tilbrook, for this captivating programme. They begin with a selection of Britten’s arrangements of old English folk songs, following perfectly from today's 5.30pm recital with Caitlin Hulcup. T...
Tuesday 13th October
13 Oct 2020 22:00 | Christ Church CathedralOur Song Futures day concludes with a performance by sparkling ensemble The Hermes Experiment. This contemporary quartet, comprising soprano, harp, clarinet, and double bass, was founded in 2014 and has already commissioned more than 50 composers. Their recently released album HERE WE ARE was described by The Guardian as ‘witty and imaginative…joyous and heartbreaking...
Wednesday 14th October
14 Oct 2020 19:30 | Holywell Music RoomThe baritone Benjamin Appl has been described as possessing a voice that ‘belongs to the last of the old great masters of song’ with ‘an almost infinite range of colours’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung), an ‘exacting attention to text’ (New York Times), and artistry that is ‘unbearably moving’ (The Times). Continuing our day’s theme of spi...
Thursday 15th October
15 Oct 2020 19:30 | Holywell Music RoomKitty Whately and Simon Lepper gave a completely sensational recital at last year’s Lieder Festival. They return now with another colourful and imaginative programme, that they first performed at Wigmore Hall. Seven composers from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Juliana Hall set the words of women poets, including Ursula Vaughan Williams, Virginia Woolf, and Margaret Atwood. We hear two ...
Friday 16th October
16 Oct 2020 22:00 | The Radcliffe ObservatoryA magical combination of music and artists in a stunning setting! The Australian mezzo Lotte Betts-Dean enjoys a busy career in both the UK and Australia, is a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist, and has been described in Limelight Magazine as being ‘powerful and lyrical, exhibiting a masterly control of both vocal range and colour.’ She is joined by Scottish guitarist Sean Sh...
Saturday 17th October
17 Oct 2020 19:30 | Holywell Music RoomChristoph Prégardien’s appearances at the Festival are always memorable highlights. For the first time this year, he appears with the brilliant German pianist, composer and improviser Michael Gees, with whom he has a long-standing partnership and many acclaimed recordings. They pivot from our earlier focus on Beethoven – with a performance of one of his most popular so...