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1. Culture, Counterculture and Conviviality: Natasha Loges

14 October 2022, 11:15 - 15:00

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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


For centuries, salons have been spaces where artists and audiences, prima donnas and patrons, and radicals and revolutionaries could mix. While some salons were semi-public in nature, others operated below the radar, providing a haven for new, sometimes forbidden thought. This overview introduces some key salons through the ages, considers their importance for musicians and other attendees, and draws us into their uniquely intimate sound-world. Natasha Loges, always one of our most popular speakers, is joined by a team of brilliant young musicians who illustrate both parts of this event.

1.45pm–3.00pm Part Two: Eavesdropping on Pauline Viardot

Linchpin, tastemaker and networker extraordinaire, Pauline Viardot hosted glittering salons at which the great and good of European music congregated. This lecture-recital allows us to eavesdrop on an imaginary evening at 48 rue de Douai, her Paris home.


This ticket is valid for both part one and two.

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 box office to book your tickets.

Each part of this event lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, without interval.


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Artist Portrait

Natasha Loges

Natasha Loges


Natasha Loges was appointed Professor of Musicology at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in spring 2022. Her books include Brahms and His Poets (2017), and the coedited collections Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (2014), Brahms in Context (2019), Musical Salon Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (2019) and German Song Onstage (2020), and she has published various chapters and essays in edited collections. Her work has been funded by the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the American Musicological S... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Charlotte Bowden

Artist Portrait

Alexandria Moon

Alexandria Moon


“British mezzo-soprano Alexandria Moon is in the final year of her undergraduate course at the Royal College of Music, supported by the Josephine Baker Trust and the Big Give Scholarship, and looks forward to continuing on with the Master’s programme in 2022. She currently studies with the Chair of Vocal Performance Janis Kelly and repertoire coach Simon Lepper. Most recently, Alexandria took part in the London Song Festival and sang in a masterclass with Dame Sarah Connolly DBE and also won the overall undergraduate prize in RCM... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Zahid Siddiqui

Artist Portrait

Avishka Edirisinghe

Avishka Edirisinghe


Avishka Edirisinghe is a British-Sri Lankan pianist and a final year student on the joint Physics and Music Performance degree course at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music, where he studies Piano with Nigel Clayton and Collaborative Piano with Simon Lepper. Avishka enjoys playing as a solo pianist, but has a special interest in the collaborative side of piano playing. At university, he regularly accompanies singers in performance classes, concerts and masterclasses, as well as accompanying choirs. His work with musicians ... Read Full Biography


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This event is part of a series:

Oxford Lieder Festival: 14 - 29 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 sp...

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