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Connections Across Time - A Brief History of Song

9th - 24th October 2020

Music and poetry unite and collide across centuries, from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment to the present day. Ian Bostridge will be Artist in Residence, giving two concerts, a talk and a masterclass. Carolyn Sampson returns to perform a new song cycle by Oxford Lieder’s Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. An exploration of the poet Hafiz traces his immense influence on poetry and song, and the wider allure of 'the east', from 14th-Century Persia to German Romanticism, culminating in a major co-commission, with Heidelberger Frühling, of Iranian composer Mahdis Kashani. Beethoven features as a leading figure of the Enlightenment, placing him in a song tradition that doesn’t just begin neatly with Schubert but has roots back to Bach. Other singers will include Lucy Crowe, James Gilchrist, Christoph Prégardien, Toby Spence, Camilla Tilling, Roderick Williams, and many others.

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Please note: We are planning to go ahead with the 2020 Festival but will be keeping this under review as Covid-19 develops and the government or Public Health advice changes.

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