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08. Songs of Travel: James Platt & Lada Valešová

28 February 2021, 17:00 - 18:00

Natalya Romaniw is unwell and with great regret is having to withdraw from her concert. We are very grateful to James Platt for stepping in at short notice to join Lada Valešová for this recital. We wish Natalya a speedy recovery and hope to bring her to Oxford in a future Festival.

The outstanding British bass James Platt and pianist Lada Valešová perform Vaughan Williams's celebrated Songs of Travel alongside Shostakovich’s settings of Pushkin – his Four Romances.

'The bass notes of Platt were almighty, weighty and vibrant.' Bachtrack

'The delight of the evening was the always responsive, imaginative and finely polished piano-playing of Valešová.' Irish Times

Live-streamed from the Holywell Music Room, presented by Petroc Trelawny

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 21 March (11 April for Pioneer Pass holders). Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year


Artist Portrait

James Platt

James Platt


British bass James Platt was educated at Chetham’s School of Music and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden from 2014-2016. Recent highlights have included Bottom in a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crespel Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Sarastro Die Zauberflöte and Sparafucile R... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Lada Valešová

Lada Valešová


Lada Valešová’s debut CD of Czech piano music, 'Intimate Studies', followed by her second album, 'Dumka' on the label Avie Records have received universal international critical acclaim. These were followed by 'Fata Morgana: Song by Pavel Haas' in 2017 on Resonus Classics, which was nomined for the BBC Music Magazine Award in the Vocal and Choral Category and won the title 'Europadisc Album of the Year'. The album offers an in-depth exploration of vocal chamber music by Czech Jewish comp... Read Full Biography

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This event is part of a series:

Winter into Spring – The Changing Seasons

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. ...

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