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

16 October 2022, 14:00 - 15:00

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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 artists, lobbying for Boris Pasternak's nomination for the Nobel Prize in 1958, publishing the poetry of the great emigre humanist Vyacheslav Ivanov, and even bringing Anna Akhmatova and Dmitry Shostakovich to Oxford in the 1960s. Two of Oxford Lieder’s outstanding Young Artists illuminate this talk with settings of Akhmatova and songs by Shostakovich and his close friend Benjamin Britten.

Following this event, audience members are warmly encouraged to book for the private visit to the Pasternak Collection in North Oxford. Click here for details.

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Philip Ross Bullock

Philip Ross Bullock


Philip Ross Bullock is Professor of Russian Literature and Music at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in Russian at Wadham College. Before coming to Oxford, he taught at University College London and Bangor University, and has held visiting fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Institute for Advanced Study in Paris. Philip studied French, German and Russian at Durham University, before going onto to study for a DPhil in Russian Literature at Oxford. He held organ scholarships at both Durham and Oxf... Read Full Biography
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Katy Thomson

Katy Thomson


Scottish Soprano Katy Thomson grew up singing as a chorister at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. She is a graduate of Durham University and the Royal College of Music (RCM). She was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal upon graduating from the RCM Opera Studio in September 2020, for her outstanding talent and contribution to life at the RCM. Katy was a Garsington Opera Young Artist for the 2021 season, notably stepping-in for one performance, and making her debut, as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss) a... Read Full Biography
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Rustam Khanmurzin

Rustam Khanmurzin


Rustam Khanmurzin is a former Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellow at Royal College of Music where he studied with Ian Jones and Kathron Sturrok. He appeared in number of festivals in such venues as St John’s Smith Square, Victoria and Albert Museum, Pushkin House, Starr Cinema (Tate Modern), Cadogan Hall, St Lawrence Jewry, etc, also performing for Berlioz Society, Consort and Boodles Clubs, and in cities of Russia, France, Italy, Spain and Germany. His major awards now include the 1st Prize at RCM Concerto Competition 2019 an... 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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