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07. Elias Ashmole and the Ashmolean Museum

11 October 2020, 11:00 - 12:00

Song Connections

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This event will be broadcast from Ashmolean Museum

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The world-famous Ashmolean Museum was founded in 1683 by Elias Ashmole, an Enlightenment polymath. Within the Festival’s sub-theme of the Enlightenment, Xa Sturgis, the Museum’s Director, discusses the Ashmolean’s past, present and future. Alongside this, we hear songs by Purcell and Haydn, as well as the 17th-century Venetian composer and singer Barbara Strozzi, whose stature in the musical pantheon as a leading Baroque composer is growing steadily. These songs are performed by Anna Cavaliero, who gave stunning performances at Wolfson College and Fairlight Hall earlier this year, having studied with Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at the studio of the Opéra National de Lyon. Anna is joined by acclaimed harpsichordist Julian Perkins, Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and Sounds Baroque.

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Xa Sturgis

Xa Sturgis


In October 2014 Dr Alexander Sturgis became the Director of the Ashmolean Museum having had a distinguished career as the Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath, since 2005. Whilst at the Holburne Dr Sturgis oversaw a renovation of the Museum that included a £13 million extension. Prior to becoming the Director of the Holburne Museum Dr Sturgis worked at the National Gallery, London, for 15 years, in various posts including Exhibitions and Programmes Curator from 1999–2005. Dr Sturgis is an alumnus of University College, Oxford... Read Full Biography
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Anna Cavaliero

Anna Cavaliero


British-Hungarian soprano Anna Cavaliero was a member of the 2018/19 studio of the Opéra National de Lyon. After graduating from Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, Anna completed her studies with Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She is a Samling Artist, City Music Foundation Artist 2019, member of the Handel House Talent Scheme, and performs regularly in recital and concert through the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme, Opera Prelude, and Live Music Now. Anna was a 2017-18 Britten-Pears ... Read Full Biography
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Julian Perkins

Julian Perkins

Keyboard Player

Described as ‘exuberantly stylish’ by the Sunday Times, Julian Perkins enjoys a demanding career as a conductor and keyboard player. He loves bringing his many experiences as a leading performer on period instruments to his work with singers, period instrument ensembles and modern orchestras, and is Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and Founder Director of Sounds Baroque. Julian Perkins has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms. He has gained a wealth of experience perform... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

Connections Across Time - A Brief History of Song

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 ...

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