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James Gilchrist & Eric McElroy: A Short Story of Falling

19 March 2022, 14:00 - 15:00

World-renowned tenor James Gilchrist is joined by rising star pianist-composer Eric McElroy in this special lunchtime concert that features the world premiere of Eric McElroy’s setting of the Oxford Professor of Poetry Alice Oswald, ‘A Short Story of Falling’, commissioned by Oxford Lieder in 2021 and postponed due to illness. James and Eric also include songs by Lennox Berkeley, Doreen Carwithen and Muriel Herbert, all leading lights of the English song tradition.

This concert is generously supported by the Lennox Berkeley Society.

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James Gilchrist performs alongside Ben Goldscheider and Jocelyn Freeman in the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival

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 composer and pianist Eric McElroy has performed throughout the United States and Europe, garnering numerous awards at both state and national competitions. He has composed extensively for solo piano, voice, choir, orchestra, and various chamber ensembles, with works receiving performances in Germany, Austria, Spain, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. He has become especially known for his song-settings of contemporary poets, including collaborations with Gregory Leadbetter, Grevel Lindop, and Ruth Fainlight, as we... Read Full Biography

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Spring Song 2022

We're thrilled to announce our spring festival, Spring Song, which sees us back fully in person at the Holywell Music Room and in the superb new concert hall at Trinity College, with a four-day feast of song recitals, study events, auditions for our new and enhanced Young Artist Programme, and more. We cannot wait to see you there!  

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