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14. Celebrating Stenhammar

10 October 2021, 13:30 - 16:00

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 and Martin Sturfält locate Stenhammar in a wider European context, discussing the increasingly prominent place of Scandinavian music and art in a continent with an increasingly mobile population. In the second part, they delve into the man himself: his distinctive musical voice; his strong relationship with nature and with the Swedish language; and his profoundly-held view that the arts should be for all, not just those he described as having ‘perfectly pressed trousers’. Both parts are illustrated with live music, including various songs and a complete performance of Stenhammar’s glorious piano suite Nights of Late Summer.


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 2 hours 30 minutes, with a 30 minutes break.


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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

Leah Broad

Leah Broad


Leah Broad is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Her first book, a biography of four British women composers — Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Dorothy Howell, and Doreen Carwithen — will be published by Faber & Faber in March 2023. She is a BBC New Generation Thinker so is frequently on BBC radio discussing music history, and has previously won the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. She wrote her DPhil on Nordic theatre music, focused on Jean Sibelius, Wilhelm Stenhammar, and Ture R... Read Full Biography
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Daniel Grimley

Daniel Grimley


Daniel Grimley is a Professor of Music at the University of Oxford and Douglas Algar tutorial fellow at Merton College. He is currently also Associate Head of Humanities at Oxford with particular responsibility for overseeing research. He is a specialist in Scandinavian and Finnish music, early twentieth-century English music, and music and cultural geography. His books include Grieg: Music, Landscape and Norwegian Identity (Boydell & Brewer, 2006), and Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism (Boydell, 2010). In 2011, he was Scholar-in-Re... Read Full Biography
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Agnes Auer

Agnes Auer


Artist Portrait

Martin Sturfält

Martin Sturfält


Swedish pianist Martin Sturfält enjoys an international career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. He performs a large repertoire ranging from the baroque through to the present day, but increasingly it is his passion for the music of his native country that is earning him recognition internationally as well as in Sweden. His CD of the Adolf Wiklund Piano Concertos for the Hyperion label was named the second best release of the year in Sweden and also won an Outstanding Award in International Record... Read Full Biography

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