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45. Flower Songs

15 October 2021, 15:15 - 16:15

Digital Concert Hall Click to access - watch on demand and view texts & translations

Enjoy the whole festival live online for £165 with a Digital Festival Pass. All events will be available on demand after broadcast until 30th November, so you can catch up at a time which suits you.

PLEASE NOTE: Magnus Walker has regretfully had to withdraw from this event. We are grateful to soprano Rachel Ridout for stepping in at short notice. The programme remains unchanged.

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.


This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in person and at home? 'Hybrid' tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert.

For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The performance duration is approximately 1 hour and there will be no interval.


(Online bookings only)

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Book fifteen or more concerts at the same time: 15% discount

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Tickets for both in-person and the Digital Concert Hall will be issued as eTickets by default. Printed tickets are available on request, for an additional fee.


Due to COVID-19 we have to do things a little differently this year. In order to keep everyone safe, our seating and concert conditions are subject to change in line with changing government guidance.

For more information about our COVID-19 safety measures, please click here.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but get in touch with our box office to arrange a refund

Artist Portrait

Richard Stokes

Richard Stokes

Speaker & Translator

Richard Stokes, Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music, is a regular juror at international Song Competitions. For the operatic stage he has translated Wozzeck and La voix humaine (Opera North), and Parsifal, Lulu, L’Amour de loin and Jakob Lenz (ENO). His books include The Spanish Song Companion (with Jacqueline Cockburn), J.S. Bach – The Complete Cantatas (Scarecrow Press), A French Song Companion (with Graham Johnson) (OUP), The Book of Lieder (Faber), a translation of Jules Renard’s complete Histoires Nature... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Rachel Ridout

Rachel Ridout


British Soprano Rachel Ridout studies with Mary Nelson and James Baillieu. She holds a First-Class Honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Van Smith Prize, 2021. This summer Rachel and her Duo partner Ilan Kurtser are the recipients for the Hester Dickson Duo Prize for Oxenfoord International and they look forward to performing at this years ‘International Lied Festival Zeist’ Masterclass in the Netherlands, October 2021. As a passionate song singer, she has worked closely with Professors Richard Sto... Read Full Biography
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Aron Goldin

Aron Goldin


Aron Goldin is a British pianist, specialising in the Lieder repertoire. He is currently studying for a Professional Diploma in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a Principal Scholar under the tutelage of Michael Dussek. Prior to his Professional Diploma, Aron gained a Masters with Distinction in Piano Accompaniment and a Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music (DipRAM). Aron also has a Double First in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Senior Scholar. Whilst at Academy, Aron&rsquo... Read Full Biography

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