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2015 Festival: Singing Words: poets and their songs

16th - 31st October 2015

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 based around particular poets, and a series of readings and ‘pop- up’ performances will help us truly inhabit the city. Exceptional young artists abound and there are fascinating study events and masterclasses, and plenty of ways to get involved.

Friday 16th October 2015

8:30 AM

Words into Music: Poets, Composers & Songs

16 Oct 2015 08:30 | Okinaga Room

In association with the Literature and Music Research Group, The Open University; the Faculties of Modern Languages and of Music, Oxford University; and Wadham College Oxford. To introduce the theme of this year’s Festival, we are delighted to welcome an array of renowned scholars and speakers for a one-day symposium exploring the relationship between words and music. The day will com...

12:10 PM

Poetry into Song: Benjamin Appl, Sholto Kynoch & Richard Wigmore

16 Oct 2015 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

As part of our symposium on words and music, this recital, illustrated with introductions by Richard Wigmore, will highlight repertoire discussed during the day, including music by Schumann and Debussy.

1:30 PM

Masterclasses for Amateur Singers

16 Oct 2015 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

A great opportunity to receive individual coaching from highly renowned singers Sarah Walker and Katie Bray. Two classes will run concurrently - one for beginners and another for more experienced amateur singers. There is no formal process for deciding which class you sing in; you should simply indicate when applying which class you would be more comfortable in. Holywell Music Room - Sara...

5:00 PM

Schools Project Concert: a must-hear event!

16 Oct 2015 17:00 | The Sheldonian

The culmination of several weeks of workshops in local schools, this concert is given by the young people who have written their own words and music, and now perform it joined by top professional singer Ciara Hendrick. Each year, this is an inspirational and uplifting event to which all are warmly invited. Our workshop leader John Webb, joined by pianist Jonathan Williams, has been working i...

Saturday 17th October 2015

10:00 AM

Gabriel Fauré: A Life Through Song I

17 Oct 2015 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Sarah Fox soprano Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano Victor Sicard baritone Graham Johnson piano As we begin our survey of the complete songs of Gabriel Fauré, Graham Johnson gives a special lecture-recital in two parts, looking at the life and work of this remarkable composer. Anyone who attended last year’s ‘Schubert’s Life & Times’ series will know that this ...

11:00 AM

Family Concert with the Erlkings

17 Oct 2015 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Following their extremely popular family concert last year, we are delighted to welcome back the Erlkings, the world’s leading Schubert-based folk/rock band to lead a family concert. Suitable for children aged 5 upwards, the Erlkings have people singing along, on their feet dancing and trying out instruments, all based around their captivating take on the music of Franz Schubert.

1:00 PM

The Erlkings 'pop-up' concert at The Storymuseum

17 Oct 2015 13:00 | TBC

The world's leading Schubert based folk/rock band perform witty songs in the courtyard of The Storymuseum. Suitable for all ages. For more information about The Storymuseum click here.

4:00 PM

Bring & Sing

17 Oct 2015 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

A chance for one and all to tread the boards of the historic Holywell Music Room. Observers are very welcome to attend this free and varied concert. For information on how to take part, please see our participation pages.

6:30 PM

Éluard & Mörike: Sophie Karthäuser & Eugene Asti

17 Oct 2015 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Sophie Karthäuser soprano Eugene Asti piano Sensational Belgian soprano Sophie Karthäuser makes a welcome return to the Festival with pianist Eugene Asti. Paul Éluard, one of the founders of the surrealist movement, was a favourite poet of Francis Poulenc. The complex German poet and pastor Eduard Mörike was set by Robert Schumann but perhaps found his greatest advocat...

Sunday 18th October 2015

10:00 AM

Gabriel Fauré: A Life Through Song II

18 Oct 2015 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Geraldine McGreevy soprano Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano John Mark Ainsley tenor Stephen Varcoe baritone Graham Johnson piano The second of Graham Johnson’s fascinating exploration of Gabriel Fauré. 11.00am: Welcome coffee 11.30am: Lecture-recital part one 12.45pm: A light lunch will be available to purchase 1.30pm: Lecture-recital part two

3:00 PM

FREE POP-UP CONCERT: Rainer Maria Rilke

18 Oct 2015 15:00 | Holywell Music Room

Jacques Imbrailo baritone Alisdair Hogarth piano The first of our ‘pop-up masterpieces’. These concerts are completely free: no need to book, just turn up and enjoy a single work where poet and composer meet on equal terms. Stephen Hough’s Herbstlieder, five settings of Rilke, was premiered at the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2010 by Jacques Imbralio and Alisdair Hogar...

4:00 PM

Pop-up Poetry: Goethe - The Sorrows of Young Werther

18 Oct 2015 16:00 | TBC

A reading of selected passages from Goethe's great novel Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, in David Constantine's acclaimed English translation.

6:30 PM

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Katarina Karnéus, Stephan Loges & Sholto Kynoch

18 Oct 2015 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Katarina Karnéus mezzo-soprano Stephan Loges baritone Sholto Kynoch piano Goethe inspired many of the best-known songs in the canon from an astonishing range of composers. Tonight we hear settings from various works including Faust, Wilhelm Meister, Erwin und Elmire, and the West-östlicher Divan, set to music by Schubert, Wolf, Schumann, Beethoven and others. Festival Directo...

9:00 PM

Late Night Lieder with The Erlkings

18 Oct 2015 21:00 | TBC

Join us for the Erlkings’ gloriously riotous take on Schubert songs. Fresh and witty translations and a unique style that shouldn’t be missed, best enjoyed with a drink in hand.

Monday 19th October 2015

12:10 PM

Lunch with Fauré & Schubert: Victor Sicard & Anna Cardona

19 Oct 2015 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Victor Sicard baritone Anna Cardona piano The first in our lunchtime series surveying Fauré complete songs. Each concert also features songs by Franz Schubert. Today two exciting artists, former winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, get the series underway. PROGRAMME: Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Mirages (Renée Bonnière) Cygne s...

1:30 PM

Study Event: Fauré Notes

19 Oct 2015 13:30 | Shulman Auditorium, Queens College

A workshop led by Roy Howat, editor of the new complete Fauré songs published by Edition Peters. Together with students from the Royal Academy of Music, he examines new takes on well-known songs and illuminates Fauré’s working method. Roy Howat is internationally renowned as both pianist and scholar whose concerts, broadcasts and lectures regularly take him worldwide. For...

4:30 PM

Mary, Queen of Scots

19 Oct 2015 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

Louise Macdonald contralto Ingrid Sawers piano Schumann’s Maria Stuarda songs are complemented by new works by Judith Bingham, Dee Isaacs and Eddie McGuire, inspired by the letters and poetry of Mary Stuart. (See also study event on Tuesday 20th).

6:30 PM

Burns, Byron & Moore: Gillian Keith, Matthew Hargreaves & Simon Lepper

19 Oct 2015 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Gillian Keith soprano Matthew Hargreaves bass-baritone Simon Lepper piano Three poets whose far-reaching influence in song may be surprising. From traditional Celtic melodies to songs by Schumann, Loewe and Ives, Gillian Keith (visiting Oxford Lieder for the first time), Matthew Hargreaves and Simon Lepper explore a rich array of settings. PROGRAMME: Settings of Thomas Moore...

Tuesday 20th October 2015

9:30 AM

Study Event: Mary Stuart

20 Oct 2015 09:30 | Okinaga Room

Louise Macdonald speaker A study event led by Louise Macdonald looking at the appearances of Mary, Queen of Scots, in poetry and song and discussing the creative path to three new settings (see 5.30pm concert on Monday 19th).

11:00 AM

Masterpiece: Paul Verlaine

20 Oct 2015 11:00 | TBC

Sinéad O'Kelly soprano Chad Vindin piano Debussy's two sets of Fête Galantes with readings of Verlaine in French and English. Two outstanding young musicians perform Debussy's wonderful response to the poetry of Paul Verlaine. This is one of a series of 'pop-up' style concerts during the Festival that are completely free, offering a chance for everyo...

12:10 PM

Lunch with Fauré & Schubert: James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook

20 Oct 2015 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

James Gilchrist tenor Anna Tilbrook piano Today’s lunchtime concert includes Fauré’s best-loved cycle, La bonne Chanson, settings of Paul Verlaine, as well as a selection of Schubert songs. PROGRAMME: Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Settings of Ludwig Hölty (1748-1776) Klage an den Mond Frühlingslied Die Mainacht Erntelied Winterlied An den Mond...

2:00 PM

The Poetry House

20 Oct 2015 14:00 | TBC

Graham Henderson speaker Graham Henderson, Chief Executive of the Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation, talks about the ‘poetry house’ at 8 Royal College Street, London, where Rimbaud and Verlaine lived.

3:00 PM

Pop-up Poetry: Victor Hugo

20 Oct 2015 15:00 | Blackwell's Bookshop - The Norrington Room

Timothy Adès reader Poet and translator Timothy Adès introduces and reads from his acclaimed rhyming translations of Victor Hugo including extracts from How to be a Grandfather.

4:30 PM

Debussy Quartet

20 Oct 2015 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

Doric String Quartet Debussy’s only string quartet is an exuberant, colourful piece and one of his most popular chamber works. It is heard today alongside Thoimas Adès's The Four Quarters.

6:30 PM

Verlaine & Hugo: Elizabeth Watts & Julius Drake

20 Oct 2015 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Elizabeth Watts soprano Julius Drake piano Two giants of French literature are heard through the music of Liszt, Hahn and Debussy, also complemented by a set of songs by Frank Bridge. Elizabeth Watts is one of the UK’s brightest star sopranos, and is joined by internationally-recognised pianist Julius Drake. PROGRAMME Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Settings of Victor Hugo (18...

Wednesday 21st October 2015

12:10 PM

Lunch with Fauré & Schubert: Katie Bray, George Humphreys, Sholto Kynoch & James Baillieu

21 Oct 2015 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Fauré's Shylock songs and suite arranged for piano duet sit alongside Schubert's settings of Shakespeare. PROGRAMME: Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Nocturne, Op. 43, no. 2 (Villiers de l’Isle-Adam) Les présents Op. 46, no. 1 (Villiers de l’Isle-Adam) Lydia, Op. 4, no. 2 (Charles Maries-René Leconte de Lisle) Nell, Op. 18, no. 1 (Charles Mar...

1:30 PM

Study Event: Shakespeare & Music

21 Oct 2015 13:30 | TBC

Presented in association with the Bodleian Libraries. Two talks will frame a foyer performance of Finzi settings of Shakespeare, exploring Shakespeare in music and music in Shakespeare. 2.30pm Lecture given by Christopher Wilson 3.15pm Finzi's Let us garlands bring with George Humphreys & Sholto Kynoch 4pm Lecture given by Simon Smith

4:30 PM

Royal College of Music Recital

21 Oct 2015 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

Gemma Lois Summerfield soprano Huw Montague Rendall baritone Ian Tindale piano A showcase for exceptional students from the Royal College of Music, including Gemma Lois Summerfield, the winner of this year's prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award. PROGRAMME: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Andres Maienlied ('Hexenlied') Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847) Die Main...

6:30 PM

Shakespeare in Music: Catherine Hopper, John Mark Ainsley & James Baillieu

21 Oct 2015 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Catherine Hopper mezzo-soprano John Mark Ainsley tenor James Baillieu piano A star team present settings of Shakespeare, through a wide range of composers including Brahms, Strauss, Quilter, and Parry. PROGRAMME: Settings of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Roger Quilter (1877-1953) Three Shakespeare Songs, Op. 6 Come away, death O mistress mine Blo...

Thursday 22nd October 2015

9:45 AM

Pop-up Poetry: Michelangelo

22 Oct 2015 09:45 | Ashmolean Museum

Enjoy coffee and cake, and an informal reading of poems by Michelangelo Buonarotti, both in the original Italian and in translation.

10:30 AM

Masterpiece: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo

22 Oct 2015 10:30 | Ashmolean Museum

Daniel Norman tenor Sholto Kynoch piano Benjamin Britten’s glorious love songs: his first work dedicated to Peter Pears.

12:10 PM

Lunch with Fauré & Schubert: Stephanie Marshall, Gareth Brynmor John & Gary Matthewman

22 Oct 2015 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Stephanie Marshall mezzo-soprano Gareth Brynmor John baritone* Gary Matthewman piano * Please note that Johnny Herford has regretfully had to withdraw from this concert. We are very grateful to Gareth Brynmor John, winner of the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, for stepping in. A great trio of artists continue our lunchtime survey of Fauré's complete songs. PROGRAM...

2:00 PM

Michelangelo Drawings

22 Oct 2015 14:00 | Ashmolean Museum

Jon Whiteley The Ashmolean Museum houses an important collection of Michelangelo drawings, introduced here by Jon Whiteley.

3:00 PM

Masterpiece: Suite on verses of Michelangelo

22 Oct 2015 15:00 | Ashmolean Museum

Javier Borda bass Lada Valešová piano The original version, for bass and piano, of Shostakovich’s powerful settings of Michelangelo translated by Avram Efros.

4:30 PM

Fauré & Janáček

22 Oct 2015 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

Phoenix Piano Trio Faurés only foray into the piano trio genre, and an arrangement of Janáček's scintillating 'Kreutzer Sonata' quartet, inspired by Leo Tolstoy's novella.

6:30 PM

Pushkin & A.K. Tolstoy: Joan Rodgers, Gary Griffiths & Sholto Kynoch

22 Oct 2015 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Joan Rodgers soprano Gary Griffiths baritone* Sholto Kynoch piano (*We are delighted to announce that Gary Griffiths will also be appearing in tonight's programme, not previously announced in the Festival brochure) These two great Russian poets inspired wonderful settings by composers including Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov and others. Joan Rodgers is particularl...

8:45 PM

Pop-up Poetry: The Fearful Moment

22 Oct 2015 20:45 | TBC

Philip Bullock reader Philip Bullock reads The Fearful Moment, a short story by Aleksandr Kuprin based around an erotic encounter between a singer and pianist that follows on from a performance of Tchaikovsky's song of the same name.

Friday 23rd October 2015

12:10 PM

Lunch with Fauré & Schubert: Lucy Hall & Gavin Roberts

23 Oct 2015 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Lucy Hall soprano Gavin Roberts piano Acclaimed past winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform give today’s lunchtime performance of songs by Fauré and Schubert. PROGRAMME: In the Garden of Eden with Gabriel Fauré and Franz Schubert Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) La chanson d’Ève Paradis Prima verba Roses ardentes Comme die...

1:30 PM

Masterclass for Music College Applicants

23 Oct 2015 13:30 | Shulman Auditorium, Queens College

Robin Bowman, former Head of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, uses his in-depth knowledge to prepare applicants for the rigours of the audition process. For more information about taking part, please see our Participation pages.

4:30 PM

Fauré Piano Quartet

23 Oct 2015 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

Magnus Johnston violin Timothy Ridout viola Guy Johnston cello Tom Poster piano Four renowned chamber musicians perform Fauré's passionate First Piano Quartet in C minor, as well as two of his intimate shorter works for cello and piano.

6:30 PM

Kerner & Hofmannsthal: Wolfgang Holzmair & Imogen Cooper

23 Oct 2015 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Wolfgang Holzmair baritone Imogen Cooper piano This is a special occasion: the last opportunity in the UK to hear this long-standing duo perform their signature work, Schumann’s Kerner Lieder. Their programme also includes songs by Clara Schumann and Frank Martin. It is the first concert of Imogen Cooper’s residency at the Festival (see 26, 27, 28 Oct). PROGRAMME:...

9:00 PM

Apparition: Sophie Junker & Deirdre Brenner

23 Oct 2015 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Sophier Junker soprano Deirdre Brenner piano An evocative late-night programme dedicated to American poet Walt Whitman, including George Crumb's seminal Apparition and songs by Charles Ives and Leonard Bernstein.

Saturday 24th October 2015

10:00 AM

Hector Berlioz - A Study Day

24 Oct 2015 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Presented in association with The Berlioz Society A day spent exploring this colourful character, a highly influential, even revolutionary composer, author and conductor. Speakers include David Cairns, author of the definitive biography of Berlioz. 11am Welcome coffee 11.30am ‘Berlioz in Context’ - a talk given by David Cairns 12.30pm A light lunch will be available for ...

12:15 PM

Berlioz lunchtime recital

24 Oct 2015 12:15 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Rachel Kelly mezzo soprano Andri Björn Róbertsson bass-baritone Kaija Lukas violin Edwige Herchenroder piano As part of our study day on Hector Berlioz, two exceptional young singers join pianist Edwige Herchenroder (a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform winner) and violinist Kaija Lukas to explore Berlioz's songs, also featuring two arias from his 'légen...

4:00 PM

Bring & Sing

24 Oct 2015 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

A chance for one and all to tread the boards of the historic Holywell Music Room. Observers are very welcome to attend this free and varied concert. For more information on how to take part, please see our participation pages.

6:30 PM

Hector Berlioz: Dorottya Láng, James Gilchrist & Julius Drake

24 Oct 2015 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Dorottya Láng mezzo-soprano James Gilchrist tenor Julius Drake piano Concluding our day devoted to Berlioz, Dorottya Láng, James Gilchrist and Julius Drake present a selection of his finest songs, as well as works by Meyerbeer, Weber and Liszt, all composers who played an important role in Berlioz’s life. PROGRAMME: Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) La Belle Voy...

Sunday 25th October 2015

10:00 AM

Poetry, Song & Coffee

25 Oct 2015 10:00 | Ashmolean Museum

Enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning in the stunning Dining Room at the Ashmolean, accompanied by poetry reading and music.

2:00 PM

Study Event: Song in Translation

25 Oct 2015 14:00 | Okinaga Room

This event looks at the tradition of performing songs in English translation, once common practice and now largely faded. A series of short talks and readings, with a mini-recital at 3pm, will examine the history, philosophy and current state of song in translation. 2pm Laura Tunbridge discusses the history of translated song in performance 2.30pm Philip Bullock examines the reception ac...

5:00 PM

Festival Chorus

25 Oct 2015 17:00 | University Church of St Mary the Virgin

This year, members of The Sixteen and their Associate conductor Eamonn Dougan lead our Festival Chorus. This short performance of part songs is the culmination of the Festival Chorus day. All are warmly invited. For information on how to take part, please see our participation pages.

5:45 PM

Pop-up Poetry: Wilhelm Müller

25 Oct 2015 17:45 | University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Richard Stokes speaker Richard stokes introduces and reads the poetry of Wilhelm Müller.

7:30 PM

The Fair Maid of the Mill

25 Oct 2015 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

Schubert’s wonderful cycle of love and loss, Die schöne Müllerin is heard here in English, in a sparkling new translation by Jeremy Sams, renowned for his expertly-crafted and sensitive performing translations. Toby Spence makes a much anticipated return to the Lieder Festival, joined by pianist Christopher Glynn. PROGRAMME: Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Die schöne M&...

Monday 26th October 2015

1:10 PM

Lunch with Fauré & Schubert: Stephan Loges & Michael Dussek

26 Oct 2015 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

We welcome two stellar artists for today's lunchtime programme of Fauré and Schubert. A perfect musical interlude to your day. After the concert, head to the Turl Street Kitchen for a reading of poetry by Joseph von Eichendorff, before Stephan Loges and Michael Dussek return to the Holywell for Schumann's settings of Eichendorff, the Liederkreis, Op. 39 (details here). PROGRAM...

3:00 PM

Pop-up Poetry: Joseph von Eichendorff

26 Oct 2015 15:00 | TBC

A reading in English and German of the poems of Joesph von Eichendorff.

4:00 PM

Masterpiece: Eichendorff Liederkreis

26 Oct 2015 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

Stephan Loges baritone Michael Dussek piano Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op.39, settings of Eichendorff, performed by Stephan Loges & Michael Dussek.

5:30 PM

Schumann Quartet No.1

26 Oct 2015 17:30 | Oxford Martin School

Doric String Quartet The Doric Quartet recorded Schumann’s complete quartets, all written in 1842, to great critical acclaim. This concert will be streamed live on the Oxford Lieder YouTube Channel.

7:30 PM

Schumann, Mahler & Mendelssohn

26 Oct 2015 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

For the second concert of her residency, Imogen Cooper is joined by acclaimed Dutch baritone Henk Neven in a programme that includes Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op.24 to poems by Heinrich Heine, as well as selected songs of Mahler and Mendelssohn. PROGRAMME: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Gruss (Heinrich Heine) Allnächtlich im Traume seh’ Ich dich (Heinrich Heine) Auf Fl...

Tuesday 27th October 2015

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day One

27 Oct 2015 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Led by Robert Holl & Roger Vignoles Guest tutor: Imogen Cooper The first day of public sessions on this year’s mastercourse. Coachings will take place in the Jacqueline du Pré Building, Magdalen College School and St John the Evangelist. Parking will be available at MCS throughout the week.

1:10 PM

Lunch with Faure & Schubert: Lucy Crowe & Anna Tilbrook

27 Oct 2015 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Lucy Crowe makes a much-anticipated return to the Festival in a programme that includes Fauré’s Cing mélodies ‘de Venise’. PROGRAMME: Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Sérénade toscane (Romain Bussine) Après un rêve (Romain Bussine) Barcarolle (Marc Monnier) Cinq Mélodies ‘de Venise’ (Paul Verlaine) ...

5:30 PM

Brahms Quintet

27 Oct 2015 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Brahms’ mighty quintet for piano and string quartet, one his highest achievements in chamber music.

7:30 PM

Shining Armour: Roderick Williams, Alison Rose, Victoria Newlyn & Iain Burnside

27 Oct 2015 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

Roderick Williams baritone Alison Rose soprano Victoria Newlyn narrator Iain Burnside piano For his only cycle, Die schöne Magelone, Brahms was drawn to Ludwig Tieck’s novella The wondrous love story of the beautiful Magelone and Count Peter of Provence, which inspired some of his greatest songs. These are heard here with narrated interludes created by Iain Burnside, illumina...

Wednesday 28th October 2015

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Two

28 Oct 2015 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Led by Robert Holl & Roger Vignoles Guest tutor: Ann Murray The second day of public sessions on this year’s mastercourse. Coachings will take place in the Jacqueline du Pré Building, Magdalen College School and St John the Evangelist. Parking will be available at MCS throughout the week.

1:10 PM

Lunch with Fauré & Schubert: Nicholas Mogg & Jâms Coleman

28 Oct 2015 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Nicholas Mogg baritone Jâms Coleman piano The exceptional winners of this year's Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform give today's Fauré and Schubert programme. Anyone who heard their audition recital at the Spring Weekend of Song will know this is an event not to be missed: a true opportunity to hear the starts of the future. PROGRAMME: Gabriel Fauré (...

4:00 PM

Pop-up Poetry: Anne Stevenson

28 Oct 2015 16:00 | TBC

Anne Stevenson reader, poet Renowned poet Anne Stevenson, whose poems will be heard this evening set to music by Rhian Samuel (see 7.30pm concert), gives a reading of her work.

5:30 PM

Krämerspiegel: Elizabeth Watts & Roger Vignoles

28 Oct 2015 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Strauss’s settings of Alfred Kerr’s satirical poems were designed to ridicule his publisher, with whom Strauss was at loggerheads. Roger Vignoles will introduce this rarely heard cycle, guiding us through its background and biting humour.

7:30 PM

Wildflower Songbook: Anna Stéphany & Sholto Kynoch

28 Oct 2015 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

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 readin...

10:00 PM

Chopin: Imogen Cooper

28 Oct 2015 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

For the third and final performance of her residency, Imogen Cooper plays Chopin in the magical setting of New College Ante-Chapel. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849) Polonaise-Fantasie Op 61 Barcarolle Op 60 Fantasie Op 49 *** F minor Ballade Op 52 Eb Nocturne Op 55 No. 2 G minor Ballade Op 23

Thursday 29th October 2015

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Three

29 Oct 2015 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Led by Robert Holl & Roger Vignoles Guest tutor: Imogen Cooper The first day of public sessions on this year’s mastercourse. Coachings will take place in the Jacqueline du Pré Building, Magdalen College School and St John the Evangelist. Parking will be available at MCS throughout the week.

11:30 AM

Masterpiece: Thomas Hardy I

29 Oct 2015 11:30 | Exeter College Chapel

Benjamin Briiten: Winter Words Benjamin Britten’s haunting response to the poetry of Hardy.

1:10 PM

Lunch with Fauré & Schubert: National Opera Studio

29 Oct 2015 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

*Katherine Crompton soprano Hanna-Liisa Kirchin mezzo-soprano Hannah Quinn piano This concert is generously supported by The Nicholas John Trust Presented in association with the National Opera Studio (*Please note change from printed brochure.) Members of the prestigious National Opera Studio continue our Fauré series alongside Schubert songs. PROGRAMME: Gabriel...

4:00 PM

Masterpiece: Thomas Hardy II

29 Oct 2015 16:00 | Exeter College Chapel

Gerald Finzi: Earth and air and rain Gerald Finzi’s sublime settings of Thomas Hardy.

6:30 PM

A Shropshire Lad: Robert Murray, Mark Stone & Graham Johnson

29 Oct 2015 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Simon Callow narrator Robert Murray tenor Joshua Ellicott tenor Mark Stone baritone Graham Johnson piano A rare and special opportunity to hear A.E. Housman’s collection A Shropshire Lad with readings interspersed with musical settings by Butterworth, Orr, Ireland, Moeran and others. The concert will be in two parts, beginning at 6.30pm, with a 75-minute supper interval at app...

Friday 30th October 2015

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Four

30 Oct 2015 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Led by Robert Holl & Roger Vignoles Guest tutor: Imogen Cooper The first day of public sessions on this year’s mastercourse. Coachings will take place in the Jacqueline du Pré Building, Magdalen College School and St John the Evangelist. Parking will be available at MCS throughout the week.

1:10 PM

Lunch with Fauré & Schubert: Sophie Daneman, Alison Rose & Sholto Kynoch

30 Oct 2015 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Sophie Daneman soprano Alison Rose soprano* Sholto Kynoch piano (*We are delighted to announce that Alison Rose will also be appearing in tonight's programme, not previously announced in the Festival brochure) Our cycle of Gabriel Fauré's complete songs, paired with works by Franz Schubert, is brought to a close by renowned soprano Sophie Daneman - a Festival favourite. S...

4:00 PM

Masterpiece: Friedrich Rückert

30 Oct 2015 16:00 | Exeter College Chapel

Gareth Brynmor John baritone Finnegan Downie Dear piano One of this year's series of free concerts, featuring single masterpieces where poets and composers perfectly align. Today we hear Mahler’s five incomparable settings of Rückert. Gareth Brynmor John was the winner of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2013, and he is joined by pianist Finnegan Downie Dear, a pr...

5:30 PM

Royal Academy of Music Recital

30 Oct 2015 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Olivia Warburton mezzo-soprano Michael Mofidian bass-baritone Jonathan Palmer Lakeland piano In a programme devised by Richard Stokes, prize-winning students from the Royal Academy of Music, and members of the RAM's prestigious 'Song Circle' explore the songs of Johannes Brahms. Olivia Warburton and Michael Mofidian both appeared in masterclasses at The Schubert Project in 20...

7:30 PM

Ballads: Matthew Rose & Joseph Middleton

30 Oct 2015 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

Matthew Rose bass Joseph Middleton piano Epic drama and thrilling narratives run through this programme from star bass Matthew Rose. Music by Schubert, Schumann, Loewe and others. PROGRAMME: Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Grenzen der Menschheit (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) Auf der Donau (Johann Mayrhofer) Fahrt zum Hades (Johann Mayrhofer) Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Die b...

10:00 PM

Dreams

30 Oct 2015 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Night, sleep, dreams and the dark side of the subconscious, are all explored in this fascinating programme. Music by Fauré, Crumb, Debussy, Berg and others. PROGRAMME: Gabriel Fauré - Le pays des reves George Crumb - Music for Shadows (for Aeolian Harp) Claude Debussy - Chansons de Bilitis George Crumb - Dream Images (Love-Death Music) Alban Berg - Vier Lieder, O...

Saturday 31st October 2015

10:00 AM

Masterclass for Amateur Singers

31 Oct 2015 10:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

A great opportunity to receive individual coaching from highly renowned singer Sophie Daneman. Observers are also very welcome to attend. For more information on taking part, please see our participation pages.

11:00 AM

Family Concert

31 Oct 2015 11:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Welcome to the Curious Laboratory of Song: a place where tunes are brewed and poems fizz, where unlikely concoctions of sounds and words summon donkeys, giants and ghostly towns (as well as a prize-winning nose-picker). Make a musical rainstorm, race a spinning wheel and coax the jolliest of boatmen back to shore in this interactive storytelling concert, including music by Schubert, Poulenc,...

12:00 PM

Mastercourse Concert

31 Oct 2015 12:00 | Holywell Music Room

During the second week of the Festival, nine outstanding students gather in Oxford to immerse themselves in song and study at the highest level with internationally renowned teachers. This year, bass Robert Holl and accompanist Roger Vignoles lead the course, and the students also receive tuition from pianist Imogen Cooper and mezzo Ann Murray. All coaching sessions are open to the public to ob...

4:30 PM

Brahms Four Serious Songs & Fauré Requiem

31 Oct 2015 16:30 | Merton College Chapel

Robert Holl bass Sholto Kynoch piano Merton College Choir Benjamin Nicholas conductor Johannes Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge Gabriel Fauré: Requiem A stunning pairing of works for All Saints' Eve. Fauré's Requiem is one of the most popular works of the choral repertoire. Having concluded our survey of Fauré's complete songs, we are delighted to in...

6:30 PM

Pre-Concert Talk

31 Oct 2015 18:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

Tony Phelan speaker Heinrich Heine Professor Tony Phelan, Emeritus Fellow in German at Keble College, talks about Heinrich Heine; the contradictions that embodied his life and work, and his place in the work of some of the great composers.