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54. Benjamin Appl: Crosscurrents

16 October 2021, 20:15 - 21:30

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.

All evening concerts this year are performed twice, at 5.30pm and 8.15pm. This 8.15pm performance is a repeat performance of Event 52. This performance will be in-person and livestreamed.

Benjamin Appl explores repertoire inspired by or written in the USA, but by composers who were not themselves American: Korngold, Dvorák, Weill, Schoenberg, and the Anglo-American Rebecca Clarke. The exception is a set of three songs by Samuel Barber that was composed for the great German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Tonight’s Emerging Artists begin the concert with a performance of Thomas Adès’ Five Eliot Landscapes, five brilliantly inventive and colourful settings of the American poet T.S. Eliot that include views of New Hampshire, Virginia and Cape Ann.


Benjamin and Sholto performing in this year's Festival

Benjamin and Sholto performing in Winter into Spring 2021


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 15 minutes and there will be no interval.


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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.


Due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and to keep audiences safe, our venues this year will be socially distanced, and our main seating areas have a reduced capacity. We have added two additional seating areas with a limited view of the stage, to allow you to experience our live concerts at a reduced price.

Seating area A (£35): Centre aisle seats, with a clear view of the stage.

Seating area B (£22): Side aisle and back section seats. Some seats may have a reduced view of the stage.

Seating area C (£13): At the back of the church with a reduced view of the stage.

Seating area D (£5): Side chapel or back corner. Please note these seats have no view of the stage.


Artist Portrait

Benjamin Appl

Benjamin Appl


Hailed as ‘the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists’ (Financial Times), baritone Benjamin Appl is celebrated by audiences and critics alike for a voice that ‘belongs to the last of the old great masters of song’ with ‘an almost infinite range of colours’ (Suddeutsche Zeitung), ‘exacting attention to text’ (New York Times), and artistry that’s described as ‘unbearably moving’ (The Times). Named Gramophone Award Young Artist of the Year in 2016, Appl wa... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography
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Ellie Neate

Ellie Neate


Gloucestershire born soprano Ellie Neate is a scholarship student studying on the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she learns with Sarah Pring. Ellie’s studies are generously supported by the Guildhall School, the Fishmongers’ Company, and Help Musicians UK as a Sybil Tutton Opera Award holder. This summer Ellie is looking forward to performing the role of Denise in TEXT, a new opera written by GSMD Opera Makers team Michael Bascom (music) and Clare Best (libretto), and performing at Holland... Read Full Biography
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Thomas Eeckhout

Thomas Eeckhout


Thomas Eeckhout (°1992) started studying piano at the age of eight at the music academy in Gent with Rolande Spanoghe. From the age of sixteen until eighteen he was taught by Hilde Geiregat. At eighteen, he started his studies with Levente Kende, Nikolaas Kende and Heidi Hendrickx at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, where he also took courses in pianoforte with Piet Kuijken and vocal accompaniment with Lucienne Van Deyck and Jozef De Beenhouwer. He participated in masterclasses with - amongst others - Till Fellner, Christopher Elto... Read Full Biography

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