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Wildflower Songbook: Anna Stéphany & Sholto Kynoch

28 October 2015, 19:30 - 21:30


This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room

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Anna Stéphany mezzo-soprano
Sholto Kynoch piano

Tonight's commission is generously supported by The Nicholas John Trust

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany joins Festival director Sholto Kynoch for the world premiere of a new work by Rhian Samuel: a cycle of songs entitled Wildflower Songbook, setting poems by Anne Stevenson, who will introduce the cycle with a reading of her poetry earlier in the day. Also included in the programme are Haydn's cantata Arianna a Naxos, settings of mythological poems by Schubert, and works by Fauré, Gounod, Head and Sibelius.


Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809)

Arianna a Naxos (anon.)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren (Johann Mayrhofer: 1787-1836)
Fragment aus dem Aeschylus (Johann Mayrhofer)
Memnon (Johann Mayrhofer)
Der Musensohn (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:1749-1832)


Rhian Samuel (b.1944)

A Wildflower Songbook (Anne Stevenson: b.1933)
A world premiere, commissioned by Oxford Lieder with the generous support of The Nicholas John Trust

  1. Naming the flowers
  2. Rosebay Ballad
  3. Digitalis

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Svarta rosor (‘Black roses’), Op. 36, no. 1 (Ernst Josephson: 1851-1906)
Marssnön (‘March snow’), Op. 36, no. 5 (Josef Julius Wecksell: 1838-1907)
Demanten på marssnön (‘The diamond on the March snow’), Op. 36, no. 6 (Josef Julius Wecksell)

Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

Envoi de fleur (Émile Augier: 1820-1889)

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)

Les Papillons (Théophile Gautier: 1811-1872)

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Le Papillon et la fleur (Victor Hugo: 1802-1885)

Michael Head (1900-1976)

Foxgloves (Mary Webb: 1881-1927)
Sweet chance (William Henry Davies: 1871-1940)

Artist Portrait

Anna Stéphany

Anna Stéphany


Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany studied at King’s College London and the National Opera Studio. She has won the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Guildhall Gold Medal, and represented England at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Anna was a member of the ensemble at Zürich Opera House from 2012-15, where her roles included Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro; Dorabella Cosi fan tutte; Siebel Faust; Nicklausse Les contes d’Hoffmann; Minerva Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria; Sesto La Clemenza di Tito ... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in Lo... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

2015 Festival: Singing Words: poets and their songs

Singing Words: Poets and their Songs celebrates the glorious and varied poetry of song and emphasises this unique meeting of words and music. Following the triumph of last year’s ‘The Schubert Project’ and our recent Royal Philharmonic Society Award, we are pleased to present another stellar array of world-renowned artists in the heart of Oxford. Many of the programmes are bas...

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