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19. Beethoven, Schubert and Gordon: James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook

13 October 2020, 13:00 - 14:00

Today is an exciting day of inspiring new music as part of Song Futures; Oxford Lieder’s initiative for commissioning outstanding composers, programming existing works by living composers, and illuminating new music for all.

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook enjoy a long-standing and acclaimed partnership. Today, they begin their programme with a selection of Schubert songs, and they perform Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, one of the first major cycles of the song repertoire. (Is Beethoven an Enlightenment composer? Find out on Saturday in Event 37!).

James and Anna have an impressive track record of premiering new works, integrated with established masterpieces of the repertoire. In this programme, they give the first of three world premieres today: Baruch: Ten Propositions of Baruch Spinoza by Michael Zev Gordon. Michael is Professor of Composition at the University of Birmingham, and his works have been performed by many leading artists, including Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Exaudi. Fitting within our sub-theme of the Enlightenment, he has set texts from Spinoza’s Ethics, a bold, wide-ranging, and seminal treatise of Enlightenment philosophy.

This concert will be streamed completely live from the Holywell Music Room. Shortly afterwards, it will also be available to watch again (using the same ticket and link) until 1 November 2020. Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.

This event will be presented by Gavin Plumley.


Artist Portrait

James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist


James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest was fired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. James’ extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Labadie, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket, Masaaki Suzuki and the late Richard H... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Anna Tilbrook

Anna Tilbrook


Anna Tilbrook has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including Ian Bostridge, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Tynan, Barbara Hannigan, Emma Bell, Nick Daniel, Natalie Clein, Philip Dukes and Guy Johnston, as well as the Fitzwilliam, Carducci, Sacconi, Elias, Navarra and Barbirolli String Quartets. Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 she has become a regular artist at all the leading concert halls and festivals. She has also accompanied Jose Carreras, Angela Georghiu and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts. Anna regularly coa... Read Full Biography

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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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