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98. After the Voices

22 October 2021, 17:45 - 18:45

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 Oswald, the Oxford Professor of Poetry. They also include works by Merton alumnus Lennox Berkeley, and Berkeley’s contemporary Doreen Carwithen, as well as Ireland's Marigold.


This performance will be in-person and livestreamed through our Digital Concert Hall. Livestreamed concerts will be available for two weeks after the end of the festival (one month for passholders).

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)

Book five or more concerts at the same time: 5% discount

Book ten or more concerts at the same time: 10% discount

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

For even further discounts click here for more information on our Festival Passes.

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

James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist


James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest was fired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. James’ extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Labadie, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket, Masaaki Suzuki and the late Richard H... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Eric McElroy

Eric McElroy

Pianist & Composer

American pianist and composer Eric McElroy has performed throughout the United States and Europe, garnering numerous awards at both state and national competitions. A committed advocate for lesser-known repertoire, Eric has given regional premieres of pieces by American and British composers, including John Ireland, Arnold Bax, William Baines, and Lord Berners. As a collaborative pianist he has performed in some of Europe’s most distinguished concert halls, notably the Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Birmingham Town Hall, Symphony Hal... Read Full Biography


General Admission
In-person & Streaming (Digital Concert Hall)
In-person only
Online Streaming Access
Digital Concert Hall - Live stream only
Under 35s: Digital Concert Hall - Live stream only

Festival Passes

Seating Area A
Full Festival Pass (In-person & Digital Concert Hall)
Week 2 Festival Pass (In-person & Digital Concert Hall)
Online Streaming Access
Digital Festival Pass - online only
Week 2 Digital Festival Pass - online only
Under 35s Digital Festival Pass - online only
Under 35s Week 2 Digital Festival Pass - online only

This event is part of a series:

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