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Oxford Lieder Festival: 14 - 29 October 2022

14th - 29th October 2022


The 21st Oxford Lieder Festival, Friendship in Song: An Intimate Art, invites you to explore song as an art form that grew up among friends, often at special and sociable gatherings, and inspired many composers’ most personal and profound works. We explore friendships between composers, poets and performers, recreate the intimate atmosphere of the salon, and generally enjoy a festive spirit of conviviality and shared experience. World-renowned artists mingle with the best of the new generation, and the great works of the song repertoire are complemented by new music and new discoveries.


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FESTIVAL SUMMARY

WEEK ONE

The Festival gets off to a stunning start with a recital in the Sheldonian Theatre given by Kate Royal, Christine Rice and Julius Drake, a stellar trio who perform songs and duets by Brahms, Schumann and Kurt Weill. We welcome the thrilling French soprano Patricia Petibon for the first time, with pianist Susan Manoff. James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook celebrate 25 years of friendship and collaboration with a programme of Schumann and Britten. Another exceptional French soprano, Marie-Laure Garnier, stunned audiences last year and returns with duo partner Célia Oneto Bensaid and the Quatuor Hanson for a performance of Fauré’s La bonne Chanson. The Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans performs as both singer and pianist, reviving a lost tradition of intimate music making. The ensemble Schubert & Co. make a welcome return.

The tenor Mark Padmore will be our Artist in Residence, giving a number of concerts and other events during this week, and returning in Week Two to lead the Mastercourse.


We begin a new collaboration with the BeethovenFest Bonn, bringing a recital from their Festival that combines Schumann’s Dichterliebe with a reading by Sir Thomas Allen of Thomas Mann’s short story Tonio Kröger and a recent work by composer Elena Langer, performed by soprano Anna Dennis, counter-tenor Hugh Cutting (winner of the 2021 Kathleen Ferrier Awards), oboist Nicholas Daniel and baritone James Atkinson. Our international friendships also continue to grow with young artist exchanges with the International Lied Festival Zeist in the Netherlands and the LIFE Victoria Festival in Barcelona.


A series of lute song concerts explores that most intimate ancestor of the modern song recital, featuring Benjamin Appl with Thomas Dunford, Helen Charlston with Toby Carr, and Mark Padmore with Elizabeth Kenny. Christopher Purves joins the Choir of The Queen’s College at the Freud café-bar on Walton Street to recreate elements of the 18th-century ‘Catch Clubs’ and the original Academy of Ancient Music.

The lunchtime series focuses on Vaughan Williams in his 150th anniversary, with a series of four recitals given by BBC New Generation Artists past and present, including Ailish Tynan, Kathryn Rudge, Alessandro Fisher and William Thomas, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Various related concerts and study events run in parallel.

Three study days complete the opening weekend. Natasha Loges explores the rich history of salon music making, not only as glamorous social gatherings but also safe spaces for new or forbidden ideas. Gavin Plumley discusses Richard Strauss and the importance of song and domestic music making throughout his long life. And Philip Ross Bullock examines both Sir Isaiah Berlin and the important cultural friendships he fostered, and the contemporary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.




WEEK TWO

Week Two begins with a glorious Schubert Weekend. Graham Johnson gives a lecture-recital on Schubert’s Friends and Contemporaries. Mark Padmore gives his final performance as this year's Artist in Residence (before moving on to lead the Mastercourse) with the great Austrian pianist Till Fellner. We welcome the world-renowned German tenor Werner Güra for the first time. Other artists include Birgid Steinberger, Katharina Ruckgaber and Martin Hässler. We take a brief diversion from Schubert to enjoy an all-Dowland recital by the counter-tenor Iestyn Davies, appearing at the Festival for the first time with lutenist Thomas Dunford.


The main evening recitals during the rest of the week are also a who’s-who of internationally renowned recitalists. Roderick Williams and Susie Allan perform Beethoven, Schubert and Josephine Lang. Camilla Tilling and Paul Rivinius devote their programme to the huge influence of Jenny Lind, the ‘Swedish Nightingale’. Christoph Prégardien is joined by his son Julian Prégardien and pianist Michael Gees for their immensely popular ‘father & son’ programme. Other welcome returns include the great German soprano Dorothea Röschmann with Malcolm Martineau, and the ever-popular Carolyn Sampson with Joseph Middleton. The Festival draws to a glorious close with Dame Sarah Connolly, Patron of the Schubert Circle, and Eugene Asti.


From Monday to Friday, eight duos from our Young Artist Programme will take part in the Mastercourse, which will be led by Artist in Residence Mark Padmore. Each duo will work daily with Mark, as well as with guest tutors Julius Drake, Susan Manoff and Simon Lepper. The students give their final concert on the closing day of the Festival, which is always a hugely popular and uplifting event.


Highlights of the Week Two lunchtime concerts include the extraordinary Chinese soprano Yajie Zhang, in an all-Mahler concert with pianist Hartmut Höll, the bass-baritone Michael Mofidian with Keval Shah, and American tenor Joshua Stewart with Deirdre Brenner. The rush-hour series includes performances by tenor Stuart Jackson, the Castalian String Quartet, and a new jazz-infused cycle by pianist-composer Will Bartlett, setting poems by Philip Larkin and sung by jazz legend Norma Winstone. The Choir of Merton College perform the Fauré Requiem on the closing day.


We are also thrilled to introduce the British-Chinese composer Alex Ho as our new Associate Composer. Alex will write two major new song cycles this year and next. For this Festival, he will write for the mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron and pianist Kunal Lahiry, setting a specially-commissioned text by Singaporean poet Theophilus Kwek.


VENUES

We will happily be returning to a variety of wonderful venues this year, with the Holywell Music Room as our firm base. Trinity College will be our partner college for 2022 and a number of events will take place in their stunning new Levine Building, including the Mastercourse. There will also be an opportunity to see the Old Library and Chapel at Trinity. We’ll be at St John the Evangelist for celebrity evening concerts in Week Two. We also visit Convocation House, the Divinity School, Wolfson College, the Leonid Pasternak collection on Park Town, Freud café on Walton Street, the Mad Hatter bar on Iffley Road, and several college chapels.




EMERGING ARTISTS


Our commitment to supporting the next generation of musicians is stronger than ever. Each evening concert will feature an ‘emerging artist’ slot: a 15-minute showcase given to brilliant young musicians that begins the concert. This initiative was started during the pandemic, but was so well received by audience and artists alike that we have decided to make it an ongoing feature of the Festival. It’s a fantastic platform for the musicians, and a chance for audiences to spot the stars of the future. In March 2022 we had an exceptional round of auditions for our Young Artist programme and appointed eleven outstanding duos to the scheme. They will appear in a number of our illustrated study events, as well as giving the Emerging Artist slots in Week One. In Week Two, they take part in the Mastercourse.

Friday 14th October

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1. Culture, Counterculture and Conviviality: Natasha Loges

Song Connections - study events

14 Oct 2022 11:15 | Holywell Music Room

This event is in two parts. One ticket gives you access to both parts. 11.15am - 12.30pm, Part 1: An Overview of the Salon 1.45pm - 3.00pm, Part 2: Eavesdropping on Pauline Viardot 11.15am–12.30pm PART ONE: AN OVERVIEW OF THE SALON For centuries, salons have been spaces where artists and audiences, prima donnas and patrons, and radicals and revolutionaries could mix. ...
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4:15 PM

2. Pre-Concert Talk - Jeremy Summerly

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14 Oct 2022 16:15 | Convocation House

In the stunning setting of Convocation House, part of the Bodleian Libraries, Jeremy Summerly introduces our first lute-song recital, Battle Cry. In the first part of this talk, Jeremy will be joined by Helen Charlston and Toby Carr to discuss their concept for this fascinating programme, and their recent recording of the same title. They will illustrate the talk with a couple of songs, be...
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5:00 PM

3. Helen Charlston & Toby Carr: Battle Cry

Rush Hour

14 Oct 2022 17:00 | The Sheldonian Theatre

For the first of our lute-song recitals, Helen Charlston, a BBC New Generation Artist, and Toby Carr present Battle Cry, a programme taken from their recent, acclaimed disc of the same name on Delphian Records. The programme rebalances the 17th-century obsession with female abandonment and lament, incorporating works by Purcell, Monteverdi, Barbara Strozzi and their contemporaries, as well...
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7:30 PM

4. Kate Royal, Christine Rice & Julius Drake: Brahms, Schumann & Weill

Evening

14 Oct 2022 19:30 | The Sheldonian Theatre

Generously supported by Freeths Solicitors   Our Opening Night recital brings together three great artists and a wonderful selection of songs, in the stunning setting of Christopher Wren's Sheldonian Theatre. Kate Royal is one of the world’s best-known sopranos, who last appeared at the Festival in a memorable, sell-out recital in 2018. We are thrilled to welcome the...

Saturday 15th October

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11:00 AM

5a. Freundliche Vision: Strauss's Life in Song. Part One: From Cradle to Celebrity

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15 Oct 2022 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

This event is in two parts. One ticket gives you access to both parts. 5a: 11.00am - 12.15pm, Part 1: From Cradle to Celebrity 5b: 3.15pm - 4.30pm, Part 2: From Fame to Grave Please book your ticket on this page. It will be valid for both Part 1 and Part 2   Throughout his long life, Richard Strauss was the picture of bourgeois ease. Born in Munich, his childhood home ...
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1:30 PM

6. Sarah Wegener and Götz Payer: Dedication: Strauss Songs

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15 Oct 2022 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

British-German soprano Sarah Wegener, described by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as possessing a ‘marvellously radiant voice, as powerful as it is rich in colour’, appears regularly in Europe’s leading concert halls and opera houses. With her long-standing collaborator, Götz Payer, she presents a wide selection of Strauss songs, alongside works by Marx, Korngold, Reg...
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3:15 PM

5b. Freundliche Vision: Strauss's Life in Song. Part Two: From Fame to Grave

Song Connections - study events

15 Oct 2022 15:15 | Holywell Music Room

This is Part Two of Gavin Plumley's illustrated lecture on Strauss. Tickets cover both parts of the event. Please see Part One for full details.
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5:30 PM

7. Benjamin Appl & Thomas Dunford: The Songwriter

Early Evening

15 Oct 2022 17:30 | Mansfield College Chapel

Benjamin Appl and Thomas Dunford, two bright lights of the song world, present this brilliantly devised programme that takes us from John Dowland, via Bach and Schubert to Hahn and Fauré, and eventually to Rodgers and Hammerstein, McCartney and Clapton: an astonishing range of extraordinary song-writers across the ages. PRACTICAL INFORMATION The venue for this event will be annou...
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8:00 PM

8. Thomas Oliemans: Schubert Winterreise

Evening

15 Oct 2022 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Thomas Oliemans is well known to Oxford Lieder audiences as a masterful baritone, having appeared numerous times at the Festival with the pianist Malcolm Martineau. But Thomas is also a pianist, and has recently given recitals accompanying himself, reviving a lost tradition of the singer-pianist. In tonight’s programme – the first of three Festival concerts following this ...

Sunday 16th October

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11:00 AM

9. Pre-Concert Talk given by Philip Bullock: Friendship & Rivalry

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16 Oct 2022 11:00 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

Philip Ross Bullock, a renowned scholar on Russian literature and music and Fellow in Russian at Wadham College, Oxford, introduces today's concert with Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn (details here). He discusses the close friendship between Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as the professional rivalry between these two titans of Russian music. An invaulable and insightful introdu...
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11:45 AM

10. Claire Booth & Christopher Glynn: Mussorgsky & Rimsky-Korsakov

Lunchtime

16 Oct 2022 11:45 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

This recital explores one of the closest of friendships between composers. Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov were both part of the ‘Mighty Handful’ of Russian composers: they lived together as young men and Mussorgsky was Rimsky-Korsakov’s best man. Claire Booth and Christopher Glynn perform songs and piano works by both composers, including parts of Mussorgsky’s The Nurser...
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2:00 PM

11. Cold War, Warm Hearts - Isaiah Berlin: Between Russia and Oxford

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16 Oct 2022 14:00 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

Philosopher and historian of ideas, Sir Isaiah Berlin – born in Riga in 1909 – became a central figure of the British political and cultural establishment, not least as the founding President of Wolfson College, Oxford. Berlin was also passionate about music and literature. Philip Ross Bullock tells the story of how he used his influence and connections to support Russian artis...
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3:30 PM

12i. Leonid Pasternak: A Family Connection

Sold Out - Waiting List Only

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16 Oct 2022 15:30 | Park Town

The artist Leonid Pasternak, a leading Russian impressionist and the father of writer Boris Pasternak, was born in Odessa, travelled extensively in Europe, and died in 1945 in Oxford. Numerous paintings and sketches of his close friend Leo Tolstoy, as well as Rachmaninov and the singer Feodor Chaliapin, are still in the family home, opened for an exclusive visit today. NB: as this is a ...
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4:30 PM

12ii. Leonid Pasternak: A Family Collection

Sold Out - Waiting List Only

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16 Oct 2022 16:30 | Park Town

The artist Leonid Pasternak, a leading Russian impressionist and the father of writer Boris Pasternak, was born in Odessa, travelled extensively in Europe, and died in 1945 in Oxford. Numerous paintings and sketches of his close friend Leo Tolstoy, as well as Rachmaninov and the singer Feodor Chaliapin, are still in the family home, opened for an exclusive visit today. NB: as this is a ...
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7:00 PM

13. Patricia Petibon & Susan Manoff: Bernstein, Poulenc, Satie, Granados

Evening

16 Oct 2022 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Patricia Petibon is one of the world’s most exciting sopranos, described by The Guardian as ‘a genuine maverick’ and ‘beguiling’ with a voice that is ‘a mixture of muslin and steel’. We welcome her to Oxford for the first time with the peerless pianist Susan Manoff. They perform a programme including works by Bernstein, Poulenc, Satie, Granados and othe...

Monday 17th October

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10:30 AM

14. SongPath: Jess Dandy & Joanna Harries

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17 Oct 2022 10:30 | Oxford Botanic Garden

SongPath’s outdoor interactive events unite musicians, experts on the natural world and mental health professionals. In the glorious autumnal colours of the 400-year-old Botanic Garden, they unearth a wealth of nourishing connections to the world around us through music, poetry and science. Singers and SongPath co-founders Jess Dandy and Joanna Harries will be joined by guest musicians an...
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1:00 PM

15. Elizabeth Llewellyn & Simon Lepper: Coleridge-Taylor & Friends

Lunchtime

17 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

The thrilling soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn appears at the Festival for the first time with this wonderful programme exploring the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and his circle of friends and contemporaries, including Puccini, Brahms and Stanford. Her recording of Coleridge-Taylor, also with exceptional pianist Simon Lepper, was widely acclaimed and The Guardian described the songs as ‘so...
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3:00 PM

16. Music, Merriment & Mischief: An Introduction to the Catch Club

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17 Oct 2022 15:00 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

What was a Catch Club, and what even is a catch? Ahead of tonight’s special event at Freud’s, Chris Price introduces these 18th century institutions, in which the norms of behaviour and respectability were relaxed and where an unusually wide range of songs - from love songs to political satire - was heard. Chris is a singer and conductor, and Director of Music at Canterbury Chr...
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5:15 PM

17. Mark Padmore & Elizabeth Kenny: Sonnets in Song

Early Evening

17 Oct 2022 17:15 | Somerville College Chapel

We are delighted to welcome Mark Padmore as our Artist in Residence this year. For this very special first event of his residency, he is joined by world-renowned lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, and together they continue our exploration of lute-songs as a vital part of the history of song. Elizabethan songwriters were attracted to the expressive possibilities of the sonnet form, and this reci...
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7:15 PM

18. Christopher Purves & Choir of The Queen's College, Oxford: The Catch Club

Evening

17 Oct 2022 19:15 | Freud

A drinking club with music, or a music club with drinking? The ‘Noblemen and Gentlemen’s Catch Club’ was founded in 1761; a more down to earth version of its elegant cousin, the Academy of Ancient Music. With scant regard for historical accuracy, we recreate the essence of these social occasions, with music by Purcell, Arne, Boyce and others, including those whose bawdy texts ...
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9:30 PM

19. The Oxford Gargoyles: Close Harmonies

Late Night

17 Oct 2022 21:30 | Freud

Stay with us or join afresh after the earlier Catch Club event, as we welcome the hugely popular Oxford Gargoyles. The exuberant jazz-infused close harmonies that are the hallmark of the Gargoyles are arguably a contemporary descendant of the Catch Club. Finish the day, cocktail in hand, with this uplifting performance. PRACTICAL INFORMATION All our seating is unreserved; please arrive ...

Tuesday 18th October

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10:30 AM

20. SongPath: Jess Dandy, Joanna Harries

Participation Events

18 Oct 2022 10:30 | Oxford Botanic Garden

Presented in partnership with Oxford Botanic Garden and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford   Led by Jess Dandy & Joanna Harries SongPath’s outdoor interactive events unite musicians, experts on the natural world and mental health professionals, uniquely curated in the landscape. In the glorious autumnal colours of the 400-year-old Botanic Gardens, they un...
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1:00 PM

21. Kathryn Rudge, Sholto Kynoch: Vaughan Williams: Perspectives 1

Lunchtime

18 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

This event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 The Festival falls less than a week after the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of the most significant British composers. Four of our lunchtime concerts will celebrate this milestone with the music of Vaughan Williams and his contemporaries, friends and students, and several other events will complement the recital...
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3:00 PM

22. Ceri Owen, Stephanie Wake-Edwards: Vaughan Williams and Women

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18 Oct 2022 15:00 | Holywell Music Room

Pianist, researcher and writer Ceri Owen is currently working on a new biography of Vaughan Williams. She gives an illustrated lecture-recital that casts a fresh light on his relationships with his two wives, his female students and other female colleagues, while illuminating their neglected work and the ways they shaped his creative life, as much as he shaped theirs. She is joined by Stephanie...
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5:00 PM

23. Rosalind Ventris, Héloïse Werner, Nicola LeFanu: Songs for Voice and Viola

Chamber Music Early Evening

18 Oct 2022 17:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Presented in association with the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building and St Hilda's College Rosalind Ventris is one of the UK’s best-known violists, and in 2021 she was appointed Director of Musical Performance at the University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda’s College. This concert features music from her forthcoming recording of music by female Engli...
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7:30 PM

24. James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook: 25 years of Friendship in Song

Evening

18 Oct 2022 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook gave their first recital together 25 years ago, and have enjoyed a prolifically fruitful and prestigious musical partnership ever since. Their many memorable performances at the Festival across the years have made them firm friends of the Oxford Lieder audience. For this celebratory programme, they include repertoire from the earliest days of their collaboratio...

Wednesday 19th October

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10:00 AM

25i. Trinity College Chapel & Old Library Tour

19 Oct 2022 10:00 | Trinity College

As part of our partnership with Trinity College, this a rare chance to see the College’s Old Library, founded over 600 years ago, and to see the stunning Chapel, with its Christopher Wren design and Grinling Gibbons carvings. Groups will spend 30 minutes in each space, led by the College Librarian Emma Sillett and College Archivist Clare Hopkins. This event begins at 10am. For the 11.1...
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11:15 AM

25ii. Trinity College Chapel and Old Library Tour

19 Oct 2022 11:15 | Trinity College

As part of our partnership with Trinity College, this a rare chance to see the College’s Old Library, founded over 600 years ago, and to see the stunning Chapel, with its Christopher Wren design and Grinling Gibbons carvings. Groups will spend 30 minutes in each space, led by the College Librarian Emma Sillett and College Archivist Clare Hopkins. This event begins at 11.15am. For the 1...
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1:00 PM

26. William Thomas, Anna Tilbrook: Vaughan Williams: Perspectives 2

Lunchtime

19 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

This event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 The centrepiece of any celebration of the songs of Vaughan Williams has to be his Songs of Travel. These settings of Robert Louis Stevenson have been immensely popular ever since they were first heard in 1904. Fast-rising baritone William Thomas also includes ‘The Sky Above the Roof’, a setting of Paul Verlaine, and songs by Faur&e...
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3:00 PM

27. George Butterworth: Lecture-recital led by Kate Kennedy

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19 Oct 2022 15:00 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

George Butterworth, best known for his settings of A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, was an alumnus of Trinity College. In the College’s new building, Kate Kennedy examines his life and songs, illustrated by Oxford Lieder Young Artists, and complemented by a small exhibition of letters and photos from the College’s archive. PRACTICAL INFORMATION All our seating is unres...
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5:15 PM

28. Claire Booth: Life & Love

Rush Hour

19 Oct 2022 17:15 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

Soprano Claire Booth is another illustrious Trinity College alumnus (see previous event), and as well as being a hugely well-known singer, she is an accomplished pianist. She gives the second in our series of self-accompanied recitals, with a programme that includes Schumann’s evergreen cycle Frauenliebe und -leben. She also performs songs by the Venezuelan-born French composer Reynaldo H...
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7:30 PM

29. Marie-Laure Garnier, Célia Oneto Bensaid, Quatuor Hanson: La bonne Chanson

Evening

19 Oct 2022 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

We are thrilled to welcome back the astonishing duo of Marie-Laure Garnier and Célia Oneto Bensaid, who have given two memorable concerts for us in recent years. Tonight, they are joined by one of France’s most exciting emerging quartets, Quatour Hanson. Fauré’s La bonne Chanson, one of the centrepieces of the French song repertoire, is at the heart of the pr...
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9:45 PM

30. Lotte Betts-Dean, Natalie Burch: Valentin Silvestrov's Quiet Songs

Evening Late Night

19 Oct 2022 21:45 | Holywell Music Room

To conclude today’s events, we turn to the Quiet Songs of the leading Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. This monumental cycle, nearly two hours long, is a contemporary masterpiece. Tonight we will hear a substantial part of the cycle performed by Lotte Betts-Dean (a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist) and Natalie Burch, with a 15-minute introduction given by Philip Ross Bullock....

Thursday 20th October

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11:00 AM

31. Mark Padmore, Kate Kennedy: In Conversation

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20 Oct 2022 11:00 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

Please note: This event is free to attend, but booking in advance is essential Mark Padmore is the Festival’s Artist in Residence. He is one of the most highly-regarded tenors of his generation, equally renowned on song, concert and opera stages the world over. This morning he is in conversation with author and broadcaster Kate Kennedy. PRACTICAL INFORMATION All our seating is ...
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1:00 PM

32. Ailish Tynan, Libby Burgess: Vaughan Williams: Perspectives 3

Lunchtime

20 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

This event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 Leading soprano Ailish Tynan, a former BBC New Generation Artist, returns to the Festival with pianist Libby Burgess for the third of our concerts focussed on Ralph Vaughan Williams in his 150th anniversary. They include the deeply moving Four Last Songs as well as works by Vaughan Williams’ contemporaries Stanford and Parry, and setting...
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3:00 PM

33. Mark Padmore, Ana Manastireanu, Kate Kennedy: Britten’s Poets

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20 Oct 2022 15:00 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

Mark Padmore gives a fascinating lecture-recital on Benjamin Britten’s relationships, both musical and personal, with four of the poets he set to music: W.H. Auden, Thomas Hardy, John Donne and William Soutar. He is joined by the writer and broadcaster Kate Kennedy, and as they examine the varying approach Britten takes to the setting of each poet's words...
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5:15 PM

34. Vincent Kusters, Charlie Bo Meijering: Journeys End in Lovers' Meeting

Rush Hour

20 Oct 2022 17:15 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

As a key part of our artistic exchange with prominent international song festivals, we are proud to host each other’s Young Artists, and in this instance to showcase the best emerging Dutch talent via the International Lied Festival Zeist. PRACTICAL INFORMATION All our seating is unreserved; please arrive in good time to take your seat. For groups of more than 10, please phone or ...
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7:30 PM

35. Schubert & Co.: A Schubertiade

Evening

20 Oct 2022 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

Schubert & Co. is an ensemble formed by Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, and a company of renowned singers, who come together to recreate the original spirit of the ‘Schubertiade’. Gathered around the piano, they perform glorious partsongs that were often some of the composer’s most personal works, as well as solo songs. Expect an informal and celebr...

Friday 21st October

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11:00 AM

36. Ian Venables, Leah Broad: In Conversation

Free Events

21 Oct 2022 11:00 | St Edmund Hall: The Old Dining Hall

The distinguished British composer Ian Venables speaks to Leah Broad about his musical life, interests and influences ahead of the premiere of his new song cycle for tenor, string quartet and piano at today’s lunchtime concert. The venue for this event will be announced shortly. PRACTICAL INFORMATION All our seating is unreserved; please arrive in good time to take your seat. F...
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1:00 PM

37. Alessandro Fisher, William Vann, Navarra Quartet: On Wenlock Edge

Lunchtime

21 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

This event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 Our series of concerts celebrating Vaughan Williams, in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and BBC New Generation Artists, draws to a glorious close with a performance of On Wenlock Edge and the world premiere of a new work, Portraits of the Mind, by Ian Venables, described by Musical Opinion as ‘Britain’s greatest living composer o...
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2:30 PM

38. Oxford Music Faculty Students: Composition Workshop

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21 Oct 2022 14:30 | The Clore Studios, New College

Presented in association with the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford Six talented student composers from the University of Oxford’s Music Faculty hear their songs performed by Oxford Lieder Young Artists Katie MacDonald and Adam Turner in a workshop setting. Feedback from the performers and from Prof. Martyn Harry offers a fascinating glimpse into the creative process. This even...
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5:15 PM

39. Anna Dennis, Nicholas Daniel, Richard Gowers: Love & Endings

Rush Hour

21 Oct 2022 17:15 | Holywell Music Room

A stellar trio of artists blend old and new, with songs and instrumental works from the Baroque era by Telemann and others alongside our second world premiere today; Love & Endings by Elena Langer, the British-Russian composer whose works are described as having ‘vitality and brilliance’ (International New York Times) and an ‘immediate emotional impact’ (Daily T...
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7:30 PM

40. Sir Thomas Allen, Anna Dennis, Hugh Cutting, James Atkinson et al.: A Poet’s Love

Evening

21 Oct 2022 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in partnership with BeethovenFest Bonn 2022 is the 75th anniversary of the twinning of the cities of Oxford and Bonn and so this is an especially apt moment to launch a new international partnership with the BeethovenFest Bonn. Their Artistic Director, Steven Walter, devised this tantalising programme that will be performed at both festivals, blending poets’ differing perspec...
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10:00 PM

41. Nick Pritchard, Ian Tindale: Oh Fair to See

Late Night

21 Oct 2022 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

The tenor Nick Pritchard ‘stops hearts and time’ (Daily Telegraph) and he closes the day in the magical surroundings of New College Ante-Chapel, joined by pianist Ian Tindale for a programme of stunning English songs by Ivor Gurney, Rebecca Clarke, Ian Venables and Gerald Finzi. Their programme concludes with Finzi’s poignant cycle Oh Fair to See. PRACTICAL INFORMATION ...

Saturday 22nd October

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11:00 AM

42. Graham Johnson: 1822: Schubert and his Friends

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22 Oct 2022 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Part 1: 11am-12.15pm Part 2: 1.30pm-2.45pm Graham Johnson is the pre-eminent scholar-pianist of our time, particularly in relation to the music and life of Franz Schubert. He is known for his acclaimed recordings and recitals as well as his many books, including a masterful and comprehensive three-volume survey of Schubert’s songs. His lecture-recitals are always revelatory occasion...
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3:30 PM

43i: Iestyn Davies, Thomas Dunford: John Dowland

22 Oct 2022 15:30 | Worcester College Chapel

Presented in association with Worcester College We take a brief but wonderful diversion from our Schubert Weekend to welcome this star duo, who complete the Festival’s series of intimate lute-song recitals. They perform a programme of songs by John Dowland, the great master of song-writing in the early seventeenth century. Due to the limited capacity of Worcester College Chapel and ...
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43ii: Iestyn Davies, Thomas Dunford: John Dowland

Evening

22 Oct 2022 17:30 | Worcester College Chapel

Presented in association with Worcester College We take a brief but wonderful diversion from our Schubert Weekend to welcome this star duo, who complete the Festival’s series of intimate lute-song recitals. They perform a programme of songs by John Dowland, the great master of song-writing in the early seventeenth century. Due to the limited capacity of Worcester College Chapel and ...

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22 Oct 2022 18:00 | The Oxford Blue

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44. Mark Padmore, Till Fellner: Schubert Songs

Evening

22 Oct 2022 19:45 | Saint John the Evangelist

This is the last of Mark Padmore’s performances as our 2022 Artist in Residence, before he leads the Mastercourse through the Festival’s second week. For this all-Schubert recital, he is joined by the distinguished Austrian pianist Till Fellner, who plays with ‘natural ease, eloquence and impeccable artistry’ (The Times).  PRACTICAL INFORMATION All our seati...

Sunday 23rd October

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45. Family Cushion Concerts

Families & Children

23 Oct 2022 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Presented in association with the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building Concerts for families at 10.00am, 11.00am, and 12.00 noon. A fun exploration of music and words, the human voice and the piano, singing and playing, for all the family. The well-established Cushion Concerts at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building introduce a wide variety of music and instruments to children a...
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46. Natasha Loges, Schubert & Co.: Schubert & Social Music

Song Connections - study events

23 Oct 2022 11:15 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

Part 1: 11.15am - 12.30pm Part 2: 1.45pm - 3pm Ticket includes coffee on arrival Schubert & Co. (see also Event 35) are joined by Natasha Loges to explore the importance of social gatherings to Schubert and his circle, and the music he wrote for these occasions. In Metternich’s Vienna, public expression of anything considered liberal or radical could be difficult or even d...
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47. Birgid Steinberger, Julius Drake: Schubert & the Sounds of Vienna

Rush Hour

23 Oct 2022 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

Birgid Steinberger makes an overdue and very welcome return to the Festival, with pianist Julius Drake, for this programme of songs influenced by the many styles of music that surrounded Schubert in his native Vienna. Hummable popular tunes, humble street buskers (perhaps grinding a mournful hurdy-gurdy), working songs, harvest songs and other styles of music-making all find their way into Schu...

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23 Oct 2022 18:00 | The Oxford Blue

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48. Werner Güra, Christoph Berner: Schubert Ballads

Evening

23 Oct 2022 19:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

The German tenor Werner Güra has always had song at the heart of his varied and prestigious career. His many recordings with the pianist Christoph Berner have all won prizes and garnered acclaim, and the duo have performed together in all the leading recital venues. We are delighted to welcome them to Oxford for the first time as part of our Schubert Weekend. Their programme of Schubert ba...
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49. Birgid Steinberger: Folksongs

Late Night

23 Oct 2022 21:30 | The Mad Hatter

Ticket price includes one drink. Following her earlier recital with Julius Drake (Event 47), Birgid Steinberger returns in a different guise, accompanying herself on the guitar. She has a longstanding commitment to folksongs and her previous Festival events such as this have been immensely popular. Earlier we heard folk music as channelled through the compositional genius of Schubert, but th...

Monday 24th October

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50. Mastercourse Day One

Mastercourse

24 Oct 2022 10:00 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

AM Session: 10.00am - 12.30pm PM Session: 2.30pm - 5.00pm Our annual Mastercourse is a wonderful opportunity for brilliant young musicians to immerse themselves in song and work with top international artists. For the first time this year, the students will be primarily drawn from our Young Artist programme. The Festival’s Artist in Residence, Mark Padmore, will lead the course, worki...
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51. Michael Mofidian, Keval Shah: Sibelius & Brahms

Lunchtime

24 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

Michael Mofidian and Keval Shah were 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artists and have both subsequently enjoyed immense success, appearing at prestigious venues across Europe and beyond. We're delighted to welcome them back, with this programme of songs by Brahms and Sibelius that they recentely performed at Wigmore Hall. PRACTICAL INFORMATION All our seating is unreserved; pleas...
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52. Jessica Cale, Hamish Brown: Ferrier Award Winners

Rush Hour

24 Oct 2022 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

Generously supported by the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship Fund Jessica Cale won First Prize at the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, when pianist Hamish Brown, a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist, also won the Accompanist Prize. PRACTICAL INFORMATION All our seating is unreserved; please arrive in good time to take your seat. For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the ...

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24 Oct 2022 18:00 | The Oxford Blue

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53. Roderick Williams, Susie Allan: The Distant Beloved

Evening

24 Oct 2022 19:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

Roderick Williams needs little introduction as one of the foremost baritones of today. He and pianist Susie Allan perform Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, a cycle of six songs setting the poet Alois Jeitteles, and the inspiration for many subsequent song composers. They also include groups of songs by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Josephine Lang, setting poetry by Goethe, Heine, Lenau an...

Tuesday 25th October

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54. Mastercourse Day Two

Mastercourse

25 Oct 2022 10:00 | The Levine Building, Trinity College

AM Session: 10.00am - 12.30pm PM Session: 2.30pm - 5.00pm Our annual Mastercourse is a wonderful opportunity for brilliant young musicians to immerse themselves in song and work with top international artists. For the first time this year, the students will be primarily drawn from our Young Artist programme. The Festival’s Artist in Residence, Mark Padmore, will lead the course, worki...
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55. Yajie Zhang, Hartmut Höll: Gustav Mahler

Lunchtime

25 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

The young Chinese mezzo-soprano Yajie Zhang stands out for ‘her colourful timbre, flawless voice, and remarkable receptivity’ (Operawire) and garners similar praise wherever she performs. Together with the celebrated German pianist Hartmut Höll, she presents a programme of Mahler songs, including his Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and the monumental final movement of Das Lied ...
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56. Stuart Jackson, Jocelyn Freeman, George Strivens: The Country of Larks

Rush Hour

25 Oct 2022 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

Stuart Jackson and Jocelyn Freeman are two renowned artists with an exceptional and longstanding partnership. Today, they are joined by hornist George Strivens for a performance of Julian Philips’ The Country of Larks, commissioned by Oxford Lieder in 2021 and postponed due to illness. They also include Schubert’s Auf dem Strom and Britten’s Canticle No.3. PRACTICAL ...

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25 Oct 2022 18:00 | The Oxford Blue

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57. Camilla Tilling, Paul Rivinius: The Swedish Nightingale

Evening

25 Oct 2022 19:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

The Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (1820-1887) was one of the most celebrated singers of all time and a close friend of innumerable composers, artists and writers, including the Schumanns, Felix Mendelssohn, Chopin, Berlioz, Meyerbeer and Hans Christian Andersen. She settled in London and taught at the Royal College of Music. Camilla Tilling, who was a recipient of the Jenny Lind Scholarship early ...

Wednesday 26th October

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58. Mastercourse Day Three

Mastercourse

26 Oct 2022 10:00 | Trinity College

AM Session: 10.00am - 12.30pm PM Session: 2.30pm - 5.00pm Our annual Mastercourse is a wonderful opportunity for brilliant young musicians to immerse themselves in song and work with top international artists. For the first time this year, the students will be primarily drawn from our Young Artist programme. The Festival’s Artist in Residence, Mark Padmore, will lead the course, worki...
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59. Fleur Barron, Kunal Lahiry: A Place Called Paradise

Lunchtime

26 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

Today’s lunchtime concert includes the world premiere of A Place Called Paradise, commissioned by Oxford Lieder from our new Associate Composer, Alex Ho, and poet Theophilus Kwek. It tells the true story of Prince Lee Boo of Palau, near the Philippines, who came, via a shipwreck and an unlikely meeting with a British sea captain, to London in 1784. Thrilling young mezzo Fleur Barron&...
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60. Transcultural Encounters: Jennifer Wong, Fleur Baron, Kunal Lahiry, Alex Ho

Song Connections - study events

26 Oct 2022 15:00 | The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

Following their lunchtime recital, Fleur Barron and Kunal Lahiry are joined by composer Alex Ho for a discussion led by poet and Humanities Cultural Programme Visiting Fellow Jennifer Wong, that explores their identities as Asian artists in relation to diverse traditions of classical song. How does art song connect to diaspora identity? To western imperia...
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61. Castalian String Quartet: Death and the Maiden

Chamber Music Rush Hour

26 Oct 2022 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in association with the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford The Castalian String Quartet, Hans Keller String Quartet in Residence at the University of Oxford, is fast becoming one of the most in-demand quartets internationally. They perform an all-Schubert programme, including some song arrangements and finally the Death and the Maiden quartet, one of the most dramatic...

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26 Oct 2022 18:00 | The Oxford Blue

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62. Christoph Prégardien, Julian Prégardien, Michael Gees: Father and Son

Evening

26 Oct 2022 19:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

Join us for an extraordinary evening with this father-and-son duo! Christoph Prégardien is well known to Oxford Lieder audiences for his many astonishing and insightful performances across the years at the Festival. We are delighted to welcome him back this year with his son, Julian Prégardien, who also enjoys a stellar international reputation. They are joined by the pianist Mich...
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63. Lotte Betts-Dean, Ryan Corbett: A Musical Nightcap

Late Night

26 Oct 2022 21:45 | The Mad Hatter

Cocktails and music in this atmospheric bar, just around the corner from SJE, conclude the day with our 21st-century take on salon music-making. Curated and performed by Lotte Betts-Dean, who is joined by accordionist and BBC New Generation Artist Ryan Corbett, the evening features a range of music, spanning several centuries and styles from French Renaissance and German Lieder to 20t...

Thursday 27th October

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64. Mastercourse Day Four

Mastercourse

27 Oct 2022 10:00 | Trinity College

AM Session: 10.00am - 12.30pm PM Session: 2.30pm - 5.00pm Our annual Mastercourse is a wonderful opportunity for brilliant young musicians to immerse themselves in song and work with top international artists. For the first time this year, the students will be primarily drawn from our Young Artist programme. The Festival’s Artist in Residence, Mark Padmore, will lead the course, worki...
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65. Anne-Lise Polchlopek, Elenora Pertz: From Paris to the Mediterranean

Lunchtime

27 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

The French mezzo Anne-Lise Polchlopek, who studied in Spain as well as Paris, and Italian-American pianist Elenora Pertz present a sun-soaked Mediterranean journey in song. They move from France - Fauré, Saint-Saëns and others - to Italy, where they range from Alessandro Scarlatti to Rossini, Tosti and Bellini. From there, they head to Spain, with a wonderful group of songs by ...
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66. Irene Mas Salom, Marc Serra: Catalan Connections

Rush Hour

27 Oct 2022 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in association with the LIFE Victoria Festival, Barcelona We continue our collaboration with the LIFE Victoria Festival in Barcelona as we welcome two of their Young Artists. The prize-winning soprano Irene Mas Salom and pianist Marc Serra already enjoy a busy recital schedule together, and they perform a wonderful programme of songs by Grieg and Poulenc, as well as the Catalan com...

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27 Oct 2022 18:00 | The Oxford Blue

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67. Dorothea Röschmann, Malcolm Martineau: Schumann Liederkreis

Evening

27 Oct 2022 19:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

The Grammy Award-winning soprano Dorothea Röschmann is one of the world’s leading singers, recently described as ‘absolutely magnificent’ (The Herald). With pianist Malcolm Martineau, she has given two sensational recitals at previous Festivals and we are thrilled to welcome them both back. They include Schumann's settings of Eichendorff, the Liederkreis op....

Friday 28th October

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68. Mastercourse Day Five

Mastercourse

28 Oct 2022 10:00 | Trinity College

AM Session: 10.00am - 12.30pm PM Session: 2.30pm - 5.00pm Our annual Mastercourse is a wonderful opportunity for brilliant young musicians to immerse themselves in song and work with top international artists. For the first time this year, the students will be primarily drawn from our Young Artist programme. The Festival’s Artist in Residence, Mark Padmore, will lead the course, worki...
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69. Joshua Stewart, Deirdre Brenner: American Song

Lunchtime

28 Oct 2022 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

Joshua Stewart's and Deirdre Brenner's appearance last year was picked as a highlight in The Guardian Festival roundup, and we are delighted to welcome them back. They continue an exploration of the rich history of American artsong, with a focus on African-American composers, including performances of songs by H. Leslie Adams and Florence price. Below, you can wat...
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70. Norma Winstone, Tony Kofi, Ankita Saxena, Will Bartlett: Larkin Songs

Early Evening Rush Hour

28 Oct 2022 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

The acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Will Bartlett has written a jazz-infused song cycle setting the poetry of Philip Larkin in celebration of the poet’s centenary. The cycle has recently been recorded on a new album, The Soundless Dark on the Jellymould Jazz label, by Will and legendary jazz singer Norma Winstone. We are thrilled to host their a...

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28 Oct 2022 18:00 | The Oxford Blue

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71. Carolyn Sampson, Joseph Middleton: Music for a While

Evening

28 Oct 2022 19:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

Carolyn Sampson’s appearances with Joseph Middleton are always a highlight of the Festival. At the heart of tonight’s programme are works by Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc, who were friends and mutual admirers. Carolyn and Joseph continue today's celebration of the Philip Larkin centenary (see also Event 70) with Five Larkin Songs by the leading composer Huw Watkins, writt...
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72. Fenlon & Fenlon

Late Night

28 Oct 2022 21:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

Rachel Fenlon has been a trailblazer in the revival of the self-accompanied recital, performing ambitious and innovative programmes around the world. She gives the last of this mini-series within the Festival, accompanying herself in songs by Debussy, Berg, Alma Mahler and George Crumb. PRACTICAL INFORMATION All seating within each ticket price band is unreserved; please arrive in good ...

Saturday 29th October

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73. Song Club

Participation Events

29 Oct 2022 11:00 | St Edmund Hall: The Old Dining Hall

We launched our Song Club – the song-world equivalent to a book club – at Spring Song in March 2022. This informal, lively group, led by writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore, proved extremely popular and we’re delighted to make it a regular Festival feature. All are welcome to contribute or simply listen in to the discussion about songs, recordings and performances. PRA...
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74. Mastercourse Showcase Recital: Mastercourse participants, introduced by Mark Padmore

Lunchtime Mastercourse

29 Oct 2022 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

The culmination of the Mastercourse each year is a concert given by the participants, showcasing all they have absorbed during an intense series of classes. Introduced by the course’s lead tutor, Mark Padmore, this concert is sure to be a highlight of the Festival, with outstanding young musicians performing a wonderful array of songs. PRACTICAL INFORMATION All our seating is unre...
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75. The Girl Choristers and Lower Voices of Merton College, Benjamin Nicholas: Fauré Requiem

Early Evening Rush Hour

29 Oct 2022 17:00 | Merton College Chapel

It has become something of a closing-day tradition to have a performance of a Requiem, as All Souls’ Day approaches, given by one of Oxford’s leading choirs. The Girl Choristers and Lower Voices of Merton College perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, an immensely profound piece that is arguably his most popular work. Songs for harp and voice are also included in this co...

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29 Oct 2022 18:00 | The Oxford Blue

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76. Dame Sarah Connolly, Eugene Asti: Brahms, Schumann, Strauss, Mahler

Evening

29 Oct 2022 19:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

It’s always a special occasion when Sarah Connolly appears at the Festival, and we’re delighted to welcome her and Eugene Asti for this year’s closing concert. For this wonderful finale, they bring a programme of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms – coming full-circle from our opening night! – as well as songs by a young, still-Romantic Arnold Schoenberg and ...