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8th - 23rd October 2021

Friday 8th October

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11:00 AM

01. A Cumbrian Idyll

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08 Oct 2021 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

To start the Festival, we put a best-selling author-shepherd, a brilliant young singer and a world-renowned pianist in a room to talk about if and where landscape, music, lambing and poetry overlap. Each with roots in Cumbria, these three artists ask what we mean by ‘pastoral’ and explore how a landscape has shaped their own creativity, with music and poetry by Vaughan Williams, Wor...
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1:00 PM

02. The Miller’s Daughter

Lunchtime

08 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

1820s Vienna might have been a metropolis of the time but it was a small city by today’s standards and Franz Schubert could walk easily into the hills with their woods and babbling brooks. Nature is everywhere in Schubert’s songs, and in his masterful song cycle  Die schöne Müllerin, water and the colour green are as much lead characters as the love-struck young...
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3:30 PM

03. Gurney's Gloucestershire

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08 Oct 2021 15:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Ahead of the 5.45pm performance of To His Love, Kate Kennedy, author of the newly-published Dweller in Shadows: A Life of Ivor Gurney, delves into the profound influence of the Gloucestershire landscape on the poetry and music of Ivor Gurney, with live performances illustrating her talk given by soprano Anna Cavaliero and pianist Natalie Burch. PRACTICAL INFORMATION This event...
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5:45 PM

05. To His Love

Rush Hour

08 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This dramatised recital brings the fascinating but troubled personality of poet and composer Ivor Gurney to life. Created by writer, broadcaster and Gurney biographer Kate Kennedy (see Event 3), To His Love poignantly illustrates the terrible effects of war and Gurney’s subsequent incarceration in an asylum and enforced separation from his beloved Gloucestershire. PRACTICAL INFORMATI...

Saturday 9th October

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11:00 AM

07. Natural Histories

09 Oct 2021 11:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This outstanding duo were Oxford Lieder’s first ever Young Artist Platform winners back in 2011. They have both enjoyed tremendous success since then and their recent CD of Ravel songs has been widely praised. Today, they include songs by Saint-Saëns, his student Gabriel Fauré, and Fauré’s student Maurice Ravel. The latter’s Histoires Naturelles (&...
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1:30 PM

08. Celebrating Saint-Saëns

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09 Oct 2021 13:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

1.30pm - 2.30pm - Part 1: Camille Saint-Saëns: A Life in Song 3pm - 4pm - Part 2: Saint-Saëns and the Musical World of the Salon Today we celebrate and explore the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who died 100 years ago this year (and whose 186th birthday would have fallen today). Although best known these days for his orchestral works, Saint-Saëns wrote ...
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5:45 PM

10. Master & Pupil

Chamber Music Rush Hour

09 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Festival has a strong strand of chamber music that complements the themes and songs of particular days. In this first chamber recital, we hear two dazzling violin sonatas by Saint-Saëns and his distinguished student Gabriel Fauré, performed by this exceptional duo. Both sonatas are passionate, profound and virtuosic, and although the master-pupil influence is audible, each inhab...
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10:00 PM

12. Mélodies on Tour

Late Night

09 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Concluding an astonishing day of French repertoire, we welcome the wonderful rising-star mezzo Adèle Charvet – who has already appeared as an acclaimed Mercédès in Carmen at the Royal Opera House – and well-known pianist Anne le Bozec for a programme that explores Saint-Saëns and his contemporaries, unusually setting texts in English, German and R...

Sunday 10th October

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11:00 AM

13. Ten Years of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform

10 Oct 2021 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform has identified and supported exceptional young singer-pianist duos since 2011. Four previous winners of the scheme join forces today to present a programme of Scandinavian song, curated by pianist Keval Shah who is now Lecturer of Lieder at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Evoking the dramatic natural world of the Nordic countries, this concert starts a ...
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1:30 PM

14. Celebrating Stenhammar

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10 Oct 2021 13:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

1.30pm-2.30pm - Swedish Song: Broadening Horizons 3pm-4pm - Stenhammar: A Swedish Voice The Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar, born 150 years ago, was one of the finest song composers of his generation and would surely be mentioned in the same breath as his more famous contemporaries if Swedish-language song was better known. To introduce this two-part event, Leah Broad, Daniel Grimley ...
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5:45 PM

16. A Swedish Sensation

Rush Hour

10 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Stenhammar Quartet is one of Sweden’s leading ensembles, with a particularly strong reputation for performing Scandinavian chamber music. There are no better exponents of the string quartets of Wilhelm Stenhammar, which are counted among the composer’s finest works. Today they perform his magnificent fourth quartet. It was completed in 1907 and dedicated to Jean Sibelius, and it...
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10:00 PM

18. Stenhammar's Contemporaries

Late Night

10 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Concluding our day focussed on Wilhelm Stenhammar, we welcome back these two exceptional Swedish artists, who gave one of the most memorably dramatic recitals the Festival has ever seen in 2019. They perform Stenhammar alongside another great Swedish song composer, Ture Rangström, and their compatriot Wilhelm Peterson-Berger with whom Stenhammar often found himself at loggerheads! PRA...

Monday 11th October

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10:30 AM

19. SongPath at the Botanic Garden

Song Connections

11 Oct 2021 10:30 | Oxford Botanic Garden

Please note this event has a limited capacity of 30 places. Jess will be leading a similar walk later in the week see Event 43. These events do not qualify for our multi-buy discount and are not included in our Festival passes.   SongPath is a fantastic initiative, co-founded by contralto and former Oxford Lieder Young Artist Jess Dandy, designed to provide participants w...
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1:00 PM

20. Poèmes pour Mi

Lunchtime

11 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This French duo gave a sensational recital at the 2019 Lieder Festival, under the banner of the prestigious Académie Orsay-Royaumont. We welcome them back for a special programme that centres on Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi, an extraordinary cycle of nine songs, paraphrasing texts from the New Testament and dedicated to his wife Claire Delbos. PRACTICAL INFORMATION This...
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3:15 PM

21. Nature's Musicians

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11 Oct 2021 15:15 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Eminent ornithologist John Krebs explains how birdsong is primarily a tool of communication, asking why something so apparently functional should also be so beautiful. He is joined by Laura Tunbridge, Fellow in Music at St Catherine’s College, for a discussion about the appearances of birdsong in poetry and music. Two exciting young musicians illustrate this with music by Messiaen, Debuss...
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5:45 PM

23. French Connections

Rush Hour

11 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This concert is presented in association with the Académie Orsay-Royaumont, a leading training programme in France for exceptional young duos. The multi prize-winning French tenor Kaëlig Boché and Italian-American pianist Elenora Pertz are already making great waves, and today they bring a colourful programme of songs by Saint-Saëns, Poulenc and Zemlinsky. PRAC...

Tuesday 12th October

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11:00 AM

25a. Wandering Winter Poets: Heine & Müller

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12 Oct 2021 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This event is in two parts. One ticket give you access to both parts. 25a: 11am - 12pm, Wandering Winter Poets: Heine & Müller 25b: 3.15pm - 4.15pm, The Wanderer Click here for details about part 2 (event 25b).  “I am vain enough to think that one day, when we are both gone, my name will be mentioned alongside yours.” Thus wrote Heinrich Hei...
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1:00 PM

26. Heine, Schumann & Brahms

Lunchtime

12 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Konstantin Krimmel is one of today’s most exciting young baritones and was recently appointed a BBC New Generation Artist. With pianist Marcelo Amaral, he performs Schumann’s Liederkreis Op.24, an exquisite collection of settings of Heinrich Heine that follows on from this morning’s Song Connections event. A wonderful group of Brahms songs include further Heine ...
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3:15 PM

25b. The Wanderer

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12 Oct 2021 15:15 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This event is in two parts. One ticket gives you access to both parts. 25a: 11am - 12pm, Wandering Winter Poets: Heine & Müller 25b: 3.15pm - 4.15pm, The Wanderer Please see 25a: Wandering Winter Poets: Heine & Müller for ticket information   Joanna Neilly continues to explore some of the key features of German romanticism: in t...
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5:45 PM

28. Schubert Fantasie

Rush Hour

12 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

  Both renowned in their own rights as soloists, Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy are also an exceptional duo whose early lockdown recital at Wigmore Hall was described in The Guardian as having a ‘quietly electrifying intimacy’ in a 5-star review. Today, they play an all-Schubert programme, including the most famous of all his piano duets, the Fantasie in F minor. ...
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10:00 PM

30. Isolation Songbook

Late Night Song Futures

12 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Song Futures is Oxford Lieder’s programme to perform and commission new music. This year we have a dedicated series of eight late-night Song Futures concerts, Tuesdays to Fridays in both weeks of the Festival. They are by no means the only performances of music by living composers in the Festival, nor are they exclusively contemporary music in all cases, but new music is their strong focu...

Wednesday 13th October

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11:00 AM

31a. The Brilliant Abyss (part 1)

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13 Oct 2021 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This event is in two parts. One ticket gives you acccess to both parts. 31a: 11am - 12pm, The Brilliant Abyss part 1 31b: 3.15pm - 4.15pm, The Brilliant Abyss part 2 Click here for details about part 2 (event 25b).   In this fascinating two-part Song Connections event, Katy Hamilton explores perceptions of the ocean depths in poetry and song alongside the reality of...
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1:00 PM

32. Brahms, Grieg, Schumann & Lang

Lunchtime

13 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Catriona Morison shot to fame as winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2017. We welcome her to the Festival with internationally-renowned pianist Malcolm Martineau. They include Grieg’s wonderful six setting of German texts, Op.48, which retain a strong Nordic influence and conclude with the ecstatic ‘Ein Traum’ (‘A Dream’). Alongside this ar...
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3:15 PM

31b. The Brilliant Abyss (part 2)

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13 Oct 2021 15:15 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This event is in two parts; one ticket covers both sessions. 31a: 11am - 12pm, The Brilliant Abyss part 1 31b: 3.15pm - 4.15pm, The Brilliant Abyss part 2 Please see 31a: The Beautiful Abyss part 1 for ticket information​   For the second part of today’s Song Connections event, Katy Hamilton and Helen Scales are joined by composer Laurence Crane...
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5:45 PM

34. Madame ma bonne soeur

Chamber Music Rush Hour

13 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

We are thrilled to present the world premiere of a co-commissioned new work for quartet and voice by Brett Dean, one of the most sought-after composers today. Brett Dean’s opera Hamlet, premiered at Glyndebourne in 2017, was a sensation, described by The Sunday Times as ‘the operatic event of the year’. This new piece, Madame ma bonne soeur, draws on texts ...
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10:00 PM

36. Natural World

Late Night Song Futures

13 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Eighty years ago, in 1941, American marine biologist Rachel Carson published the first book in what grew to become her Sea Trilogy. Struck by Carson's distinctive voice, which endures as a beautifully poetic yet urgent clarion call in defence of the natural world, soprano Juliet Fraser launched 'The Carson Commissions'. This programme presents two brand-new works, receiving their UK...

Thursday 14th October

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11:00 AM

37a. Kerner, Keats and the Physician Poet

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14 Oct 2021 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This event is in two parts; one ticket covers both parts. 37a: 11am - 12pm, Kerner, Keats and the Physician Poet 37b: 3.15pm - 4.15pm, The Original (anti-) Vaxxers Click here for details about part 2 (event 37b). Today’s two-part Song Connections event is led by Natasha Loges and presented in association with the Royal College of Music. Natasha explores where m...
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1:00 PM

38. The Physician Poet - Schumann's Kerner Lieder

Lunchtime

14 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Schumann’s Kerner Lieder sets a remarkable cycle of nature-infused poems that are among Schumann’s most personal and affecting songs, written towards the end of his 1840 outpouring of song. The doctor-poet Kerner (see Event 40) writes of his pleasure in the rain and wind of a stormy night, his ‘Wanderlust’, his longing for forests and woods, and he surely ...
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3:15 PM

37b. The Original (Anti-) Vaxxers

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14 Oct 2021 15:15 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This event is in two parts; one ticket covers both parts. 37a: 11am - 12pm, Kerner, Keats and the Physician Poet 37b: 3.15pm - 4.15pm, The Original (anti-) Vaxxers See 37a: Kerner, Keats and the Physician Poet for ticket information. The use of words and music to persuade people of the safety and efficacy of vaccines is not a solely modern phenomenon. Edward Jenner &...
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5:45 PM

40. Dutch Connections

Rush Hour

14 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This concert is presented in association with the International Lied Festival Zeist in the Netherlands, one of our international partners with whom we exchange Young Artists. Their Festival will include a recital given by winners of our Young Artist Platform, and today we welcome a young baritone and pianist from them. Raoul Steffani already has a burgeoning reputation as an exce...
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10:00 PM

42. Brief Encounter

Late Night Song Futures

14 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Tonight’s Song Futures recital features the first of a number of works heard this year by our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Her One Life Stand, performed tonight by mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, was written in 2011 as a companion piece to Schumann’s Frauenliebe (see Event 39). It sets texts by Sophie Hannah that ‘portray a modern woman’s loves and life’ and...

Friday 15th October

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10:30 AM

43. SongPath at the Botanic Garden

Song Connections

15 Oct 2021 10:30 | Oxford Botanic Garden

Please note this event has a limited capacity of 30 places. Jess will be leading a similar walk earlier in the week see Event 19. These events do not qualify for our multi-buy discount and are not included in our Festival passes.   SongPath is a fantastic initiative, co-founded by contralto and former Oxford Lieder Young Artist Jess Dandy, designed to provide participants with...
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1:00 PM

44. Dichterliebe

Lunchtime

15 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Schumann’s Dichterliebe (‘Poet’s love’) is one of the towering glories of the song repertoire. Heinrich Heine’s bittersweet poetry inspired sixteen extraordinary songs, individually perfect and further elevated in Schumann’s pioneering advancement of the song cycle. It is sung today by the Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans, with Malcolm Martineau, and they also ...
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3:15 PM

45. Flower Songs

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15 Oct 2021 15:15 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder, examines Heinrich Heine’s poem ‘Du bist wie eine Blume’ (‘You are like a flower’) and four texts by Goethe, digging below the surface to reveal surprising depths to these seemingly simple flower metaphors.  PRACTICAL INFORMATION This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performanc...
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5:45 PM

47. Spanish Connections

Rush Hour

15 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This is the last of our international partnership concerts, presented in association with the LIFE Victoria Festival in Barcelona. Portuguese mezzo-soprano Helena Ressurreição and Catalan pianist Ester Lecha include Manuel de Falla’s famous ‘Seven Spanish Folksongs’ alongside music by the notable Catalan composer Eduard Toldrà and the Spanish-French compos...
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10:00 PM

49. wom3n

Late Night

15 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Our first week of Song Futures recitals concludes with the work of three women composers: Judith Weir, the first female Master of the Queen’s Music; trailblazing Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth; and the exciting young composer and founder of Multi-Story Orchestra, Kate Whitley. Tonight we premiere a newly-commissioned work by Kate Whitley, setting a text by Hollie McNish, winner of t...

Saturday 16th October

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11:00 AM

50. Songs of Love and Justice

16 Oct 2021 11:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

A wonderful programme of songs by African-American composers begins our weekend celebrating the multi-faceted riches of American song. The distinguished American tenor Joshua Stewart, who recently toured the UK and Europe with the CBSO and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as tenor soloist in Tippett’s A Child of our Time, and compatriot pianist Deirdre Brenner – making a welcome return to the F...
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1:30 PM

51. Harry T Burleigh

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16 Oct 2021 13:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Harry T Burleigh was one of the most influential figures in the history of American song: an African American composer and singer whose works were performed far and wide and helped shape the sound of American music. Burleigh was hugely well-known as a singer (he travelled extensively in Europe and the UK, singing for King Edward VII and visiting Oxford) and he wrote songs that were widely ...
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5:45 PM

53. Dover Beach

Chamber Music Rush Hour

16 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Dover Beach is one of the great works for voice and string quartet. It is an early work of the American composer Samuel Barber, setting the English poet Matthew Arnold. Barber looked back on Dover Beach throughout his life with affection, considering it one of his few early works that displayed real maturity. It is played this evening by the dazzling Albion Quartet with eminent bass Matthew Ros...
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10:00 PM

55. In search of Youkali

Late Night

16 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

As a Jewish composer in Germany, Kurt Weill was forced to flee his home in the 1930s, relocate to Paris, and then move to America. With their programme ‘In Search of Youkali’, Katie Bray and William Vann chart his life through his enduringly popular songs, as he travelled the world in the hope of discovering a place of artistic and personal freedom.   PRACTICAL INFORMAT...

Sunday 17th October

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11:00 AM

56. Ferrier Winners Recital: An American Pilgrimage

17 Oct 2021 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs sit at the centre of this programme. Arguably his best-known cycle of songs, they are, in Barber’s own words, ‘settings of anonymous Irish texts of the eighth to thirteenth centuries written by monks and scholars, often on the margins of manuscripts they were copying or illuminating.’ Around that, Theodore Platt – a prize winner at the ...
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1:30 PM

57. Talk: A Route of Evanescence

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17 Oct 2021 13:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 58: Settings of Emily Dickinson   Erica McAlpine, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford, introduces the poetry of Emily Dickinson, with particular reference to the role played by nature in Dic...
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2:45 PM

58. Emily Dickinson's Nature Songbook

17 Oct 2021 14:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Ahead of this event there is a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders. Click here for more details. Nadine Benjamin and Nicole Panizza released their CD of Emily Dickinson settings, ‘Emergence’, in 2019 to great acclaim. The focal point of today’s programme, as on that recording, is Aaron Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, written in 1949/50. These ri...
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5:45 PM

60. Contrasts

Rush Hour

17 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This stellar trio of musicians perform Béla Bártok’s effervescent Contrasts, written in 1938 and commissioned by the legendary jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman. They also include music by the toweringly influential American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, and Antonín Dvořák, who spent nearly four years in New York, where he wrote some of his best-...

Monday 18th October

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10:00 AM

62. Mastercourse: Day One, Session One - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building & Holywell Music Room

Mastercourse

18 Oct 2021 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102). Sessions are open to the public and run concurren...
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12:00 PM

63. Composer Conversation

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18 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 64.   Composer Tom Coult is an Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries. Oxford Lieder works in partnership with the Bodleian to commission a new work as the culmination of this Fellowship. Ahead of the...
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1:00 PM

64. Clippings and Fragments

Rush Hour

18 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Ahead of this event there is a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders. Click here for more details. Presented in partnership with the Bodleian Libraries, Anna Dennis and John Reid give the world premiere of a new work by Tom Coult. Written during Tom’s Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship, the work is inspired by the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera in the Bodliean. As a c...
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2:30 PM

65. Mastercourse: Day One, Session Two - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building & Holywell Music Room

Mastercourse

18 Oct 2021 14:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102). Sessions are open to the public and run concurren...
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5:45 PM

67. Inventions

Rush Hour

18 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Adam Swayne is a pianist and composer, acclaimed in particular for his interpretations of contemporary works, both as a soloist and a member of Riot Ensemble. He gives today’s second world premiere of a work by composer Tom Coult, his Gymnopédies, written during the 2020 lockdown. Adam also plays Tom Coult’s dazzling Inventions. To complete the programme he per...

Tuesday 19th October

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10:00 AM

69. Mastercourse: Day Two, Session One - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building & Holywell Music Room

Mastercourse

19 Oct 2021 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102). Sessions are open to the public and run concurren...
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12:00 PM

70. Birdsong

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19 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 71. Hark, Hark! The Lark   Naturalist and wildlife lover Lucy Lapwing is well known for her fantastic introductions to different birdsongs on BBC Radio 3. As a prelude to today’s lunchtime recital, she guides us ...
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1:00 PM

71. Hark, Hark! The Lark

Lunchtime

19 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Ahead of this event there is a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders. Click here for more details. This uplifting programme based on birdsong is full of surprises! The wonderful soprano Ailish Tynan sings songs by Schubert, Grieg, Handel, Judith Weir and others, with pianist Libby Burgess. Between groups of songs, recorder player Ian Wilson, a renowned soloist and chamber musician, punc...
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2:30 PM

72. Mastercourse: Day Two, Session Two - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building & Holywell Music Room

Mastercourse

19 Oct 2021 14:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102). Sessions are open to the public and run concurren...
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5:45 PM

74. On the River

Rush Hour

19 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Schubert’s ‘Auf dem Strom’ (‘On the River’) is written for the unusual combination of tenor, horn and piano. It is performed tonight by star tenor Stuart Jackson, his long-standing duo partner Jocelyn Freeman, and the YCAT hornist Ben Goldscheider. Stuart and Jocelyn also include carefully chosen songs by Ivor Gurney and Amy Beach, alongside songs about the seasons...
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10:00 PM

76. I Find Planets

Late Night

19 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Hermes Experiment make a welcome return after their sensational performance in last year’s Festival. With their unique, rich sound-world of voice, clarinet, harp and double bass, the ensemble performs works by Nicola LeFanu, Errollyn Wallen, Eleanor Alberga and others. They include a new work by Tom Coult (see Event 64), I Find Planets, with an unusual text based on the Twitterbot &ls...

Wednesday 20th October

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10:00 AM

77. Mastercourse: Day Three, Session One - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building & Holywell Music Room

Mastercourse

20 Oct 2021 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102). Sessions are open to the public and run concurren...
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12:00 PM

78. Composer Conversation

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20 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 79: Everything Grows Extravagantly   Cheryl Frances-Hoad is Oxford Lieder’s Associate Composer and she is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College. In this third and final year of her residency...
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1:00 PM

79. Everything Grows Extravagantly

Lunchtime

20 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Ahead of this event there is a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders. Click here for more details. We are thrilled to present Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new song cycle, Everything Grows Extravagantly. The cycle is a co-commission between Oxford Lieder and the Oxford Botanic Garden in celebration of our 20th anniversary and the Garden’s 400th, and sets specially-written texts by p...
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2:30 PM

80. Mastercourse: Day Three, Session Two - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building & Holywell Music Room

Mastercourse

20 Oct 2021 14:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102). Sessions are open to the public and run concurren...
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5:45 PM

82. Barcarolle

Rush Hour

20 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Pianist Charles Owen has been described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘one of the finest pianists of his generation’. His programme today includes Chopin’s Barcarolle, inspired by the songs of Venetian gondoliers, and selections from Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage (‘Years of Pilgrimage’) that were inspired by, in this case, Sw...
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84. dream.risk.sing

Late Night

20 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

dream.risk.sing is a brilliantly conceived programme that elevates the voices of modern women, telling stories that are not traditionally related in song. It includes the world premiere of a new song cycle by composer Charlotte Bray and poet Nicki Jackowska, Crossing Faultlines, exploring women’s professional experiences of mentorship, discrimination and ambition. The concert also fe...

Thursday 21st October

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10:00 AM

85. Mastercourse: Day Four, Session One

Mastercourse

21 Oct 2021 10:00 | Holywell Music Room

 Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102).  Please note there is no guest tutor thi...
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12:00 PM

86. Mahler's Huts

Pre-concert Talks Study Event Song Connections

21 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 87: Nature's Songbook Cultural historian and Mahler expert Gavin Plumley explores how Gustav Mahler needed the peace and space of nature. Retreating to remote Alpine composing huts, he was able to escape the frantic dema...
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1:00 PM

87. Nature's Songbook

Lunchtime

21 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Ahead of this event there is a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders. Click here for more details. Described by Gramophone Magazine as a ‘superb, glowing, impassioned mezzo’, Anna Stéphany makes a much-anticipated return to the Festival. The first part of her programme with pianist Sholto Kynoch includes a selection of Mahler songs taken from his Rü...
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2:30 PM

88. Mastercourse: Day Four, Session Two

Mastercourse

21 Oct 2021 14:30 | Holywell Music Room

Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102). Please note there is no guest tutor today and thi...
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6:15 PM

90. Choral Evensong at Merton College

Sacred music

21 Oct 2021 18:15 | Merton College Chapel

As part of their regular contributions to worship, the Choir of Merton College sing Choral Evensong, including a new set of Preces and Responses by Oxford Lieder’s Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Cheryl is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College. Please note that this is a religious service, not a concert. Subject to pandemic restrictions, members of the public are ...
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10:00 PM

92. Dirty Minds

Late Night Song Futures

21 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The ‘wonderfully luminous and captivating’ mezzo Olivia Vermeulen and distinguished pianist Jan Philip Schulze write of their Dirty Minds programme: ‘The topic: eroticism, lust, sex, power and violence, prostitution and murder, and all areas in the high-voltage field in between, set to music, complex and extremely topical… The fact that erotic abysses, desires...

Friday 22nd October

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10:00 AM

93. Mastercourse: Day Five, Session One - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building & Holywell Music Room

Mastercourse

22 Oct 2021 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102). Sessions are open to the public and run concurren...
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12:00 PM

94. Talk: Baudelaire at 200

Pre-concert Talks Study Event Song Connections

22 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 95: Baudelaire in Song Ahead of today’s lunchtime concert, Professor Helen Abbott, a leading Baudelaire scholar and founder of the Baudelaire Song Project, introduces this beguiling poet in his 200th anniversary, ...
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1:00 PM

95. Baudelaire in Song

Lunchtime

22 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Charles Baudelaire, born 200 years ago this year, was one of the most influential French poets, though perhaps not as prevalent in the song repertoire as might be expected. Today, we add to the canon of Baudelaire songs with a new work by our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, performed by baritone Ashley Riches and pianist Michael Dussek. Mary Bevan also performs the best-known set o...
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2:30 PM

96. Mastercourse: Day Five, Session Two - Jacqueline du Pré Music Building & Holywell Music Room

Mastercourse

22 Oct 2021 14:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Sixteen exceptional musicians at the outset of their careers are in residence for the second week of the Festival, working intensively to hone their skills as song performers. They study each day with the renowned soprano Joan Rodgers and a different guest tutor, building up to their showcase concert on the closing day (see Event 102). Sessions are open to the public and run concurren...
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5:30 PM

97. To the Distant Beloved (first performance)

Early Evening Evening

22 Oct 2021 17:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

All evening concerts this year are performed twice, at 5.30pm and 8.15pm. This 5.30pm performance will be in-person only. Please see Event 99 for information on the 8.15pm in-person and livestreamed performance.   Gramophone Magazine wrote last year of Robin Tritschler’s performance of Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte (‘To the distant belov...
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5:45 PM

98. After the Voices

Rush Hour

22 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This is the last of a number of events this week presented in partnership with Merton College. Eric McElroy is a doctoral candidate at Merton, and is a prize-winning pianist and widely-performed composer. He is joined by the renowned tenor James Gilchrist to perform his own work: After the Voices: Six Poems of W.S. Merwin and the world premiere of a new commission, setting Alice Oswal...
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10:00 PM

100. Singing Composers

Late Night Song Futures

22 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Is this a world first? Two exceptional singers who are also widely admired composers perform a programme entirely of their own and each other’s music. This concert includes several world premiere performances and a number of duets. A thrilling way to draw our Late-Night Song Futures series to a close.   PRACTICAL INFORMATION This event is an in-person and livestreamed even...

Saturday 23rd October

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11:00 AM

101. The Passing of the Year

23 Oct 2021 11:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Jonathan Dove is one of today’s most celebrated composers and we are delighted not only to present a concert entirely of his music, but also to welcome him as the pianist for this concert. He will be joined by the tenor Nicky Spence for a performance of his song cycle Out of Winter, which dwells on the passing of time and joy in nature. This is a perfect complement to his astonishing...
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2:00 PM

102. Mastercourse Recital

Lunchtime Mastercourse

23 Oct 2021 14:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The sixteen students who have been studying intensively across this week present their final concert, with a programme that is selected and introduced by course leader Joan Rodgers. This concert is always a highlight of the Festival. Those who have followed the students across the week will enjoy seeing their progress and in-depth learning. Equally, those who hear them for the first time will b...
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11:00 PM

105. WILLKOMMEN, BIENVENUE, WELCOME (Available 8th October -30th November)

23 Oct 2021 23:00 | Various

 A tantalising exploration of the Berlin music scene in the 1920s and 1930s, as perceived through the eyes of Stephen Spender, Virginia Woolf, WH Auden and others. Presented with the collaboration of the Bodleian Libraries and the Literaturhaus in Berlin, this film builds on the summer 2021 exhibition Happy in Berlin (Berlin and Oxford), curated by Stefano Evangelista. For our audienc...
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11:05 PM

106. SONG FUTURES: TOM COULT (Available 8th October - 30th November)

23 Oct 2021 23:05 | Various

Co-commissioned and supported by the Bodleian Libraries, this film offers a remarkable insight into the creative process of a composer, and into one of the world’s most important libraries. Tom Coult shares his experience of being an Albi Rosenthal Fellow at the Bodleian and the inspirations for his song cycle, Wholesome Counsels, that will be premiered at the Festival (see Event 64). ...
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11:10 PM

107. SONG FUTURES: CHERYL FRANCES-HOAD (Available 8th October - 30th November)

23 Oct 2021 23:10 | Various

This film explores the creation of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s major new song cycle, Everything Grows Extravagantly, co-commissioned with the Oxford Botanic Garden (see Event 79). Cheryl provides insight into her collaboration with poet Kate Wakeling, her time as an Oxford Lieder composer, and her role as a Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College. For our audience at home, we are deli...