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Winter into Spring – The Changing Seasons

27th - 28th February 2021

Building on the success of its first online festival in October 2020, Oxford Lieder presents a live, online weekend of song on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February. Winter into Spring: The Changing Seasons offers nine events with world-class singers and pianists, and emerging stars, with a wide range of music to lift the spirits in the depths of this bleak winter and herald the coming of spring. Concerts will be broadcast live and on demand from the historic Holywell Music Room in the heart of Oxford, and introduced by BBC Radio 3's Petroc Trelawny.

Winter is the focus on Saturday 27 February: Joshua Ellicott and Anna Tilbrook perform Britten’s Winter Words and songs by Schubert, while Dietrich Henschel and Sholto Kynoch perform Schubert’s Winterreise. In a study event with live musical examples, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, Joanna Neilly explores Wilhelm Müller – the poet of Winterreise – as an important figure with a lasting and contemporary influence. The young soprano Nardus Williams gives a recital of Purcell, Brahms and Walton.

Spring bursts forth on Sunday 28 February, culminating in Ailish Tynan’s recital with Iain Burnside, featuring Schubert's evergreen 'The Shepherd on the Rock'. Philip Bullock examines the Russian ‘thaw’ following the death of Stalin in March 1953, with music performed by Helen Charlston, Oliver Johnston and Natalie Burch; and RPS Singer of the Year 2020 Natalya Romaniw and Lada Valešová perform Rachmaninov’s Spring Waters and other songs from their acclaimed album Arion: Voyage of a Slavic Soul.


We will be bringing you closer than ever to the artists, through live Q&As and in the world-class filming and audio that will beam them directly to your home. Our filming partners are once again TallWall Media, who delivered stunning HD footage of October 2020’s Oxford Lieder Festival, viewed 24,000 times in 25 countries.


Streaming tickets for individual festival events cost £5 to £13 per household and give access to the Digital Concert Hall from a week before the event and for three weeks after. The Digital Concert Hall includes full texts, translations, and programme notes. A full weekend pass costs £40 (£15 for under 35s), with the option to extend to a six-week viewing period for £80, or a Pioneer Plus pass for £100 that also includes access to recent footage from the Oxford Lieder Festival archive (click here for the full list).

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View all festival events live online and on demand for three weeks, until 21 March.

Pioneer Pass – £80

  • Double your on-demand viewing period: View all festival events live online and on demand for six weeks, until 11 April.
  • Receive two free guest streaming tickets to share with friends for the opening recital of Winter into Spring given by tenor Joshua Ellicott & Anna Tilbrook.

Pioneer Plus Pass – £100

As above, plus exclusive access to a selection of recent OLF events, including last year's Festival recitals given by Sarah Connolly and Christoph Prégardien (click here for the full list). These events will be available for you to watch on demand as soon as our Digital Concert Hall opens on 20 February, and until 11 April.

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Friday 19th February 2021

Saturday 27th February 2021

Sunday 28th February 2021