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2014 Festival: The Schubert Project

10th October - 1st November 2014

The Schubert Project will be the biggest ever celebration of the life and music of Franz Schubert. At its core is the UK's first ever complete performance of Schubert's songs, alongside a host of other works. Bringing Schubert’s Vienna to Oxford in a dazzling feast of music, art, theatre, food & drink, this three-week festival is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse yourself in the master of song and his world.

Friday 10th October 2014

11:00 AM

Bring & Sing

10 Oct 2014 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Have your five minutes of fame on the stage of the Holywell Music Room Our hugely popular Bring and Sing returns offering enthusiastic singers the chance to perform solo in a supportive and non-competitive atmosphere.  Each performer has a short rehearsal slot prior to the performance. A pianist can be provided for a small additional charge, though you are warmly encouraged to bring some...

1:00 PM

Masterclass given by Ian Partridge CBE

10 Oct 2014 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

The first of our extensive series of masterclasses for outstanding young artists is given by the renowned Schubertian tenor Ian Partridge, who is also Patron of the Friends of Oxford Lieder. Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schub...

4:00 PM

Early-evening talk given by Gavin Plumley

10 Oct 2014 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

'Fettered Beings': Cultural Politics in Schubert's Vienna Gavin Plumley speaker Schubert lived in repressive times. It was said in 1828, the year he died, that an Austrian artist was a 'fettered being', who could not be liberal, nor philosophical, nor humorous. Gavin Plumley explores the tensions of living in Vienna under the aegis of State Chancellor Prince Klemens von...

5:15 PM

Schools' Project Concert

10 Oct 2014 17:15 | The Sheldonian

Young People from Local Primary Schools composers, writers & performers This event is the culmination of workshops over several weeks in local schools, working with young people and inspiring them to create their own song cyle which they will perform today. They will be joined by a top singer who will also perform selected Schubert songs that have helped inspire today's composition. C...

Saturday 11th October 2014

10:00 AM

Schubert's Life & Times: 1811-1815

11 Oct 2014 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

BUY TICKETS HERE Birgid Steinberger – soprano Alessandro Fisher - tenor Marcus Farnsworth - baritone Graham Johnson – piano This is the first of five lecture-recitals given by the world-renowned pianist Graham Johnson, surveying Schubert's Lworld, his life and his achievements. The first of these looks at the early years 1811-1815. Schedule: 11am - Welcome coffee ...

11:00 AM

Oxford Lieder Goes to Town

11 Oct 2014 11:00 | Various

Spot talented your singers performing Schubert songs to diners and passers-by: 12pm Browns Bar and Brasserie 1pm The Randolph Hotel 2pm The Central Library 2.45pm The Big Bang

5:15 PM

Festival Chorus Mini-Course - Performance

11 Oct 2014 17:15 | Holywell Music Room

Jonathan Williams conductor All are welcome to attend this fun and friendly pre-concert performance of some beautiful Schubert partsongs. The Festival Chorus is open to all, regardless of experience; read more about taking part. Several workshops and rehearsals take place in the run-up to the Festival. The Festival Chorus  Learn, have fun and perform at the Holywell Music Room. ...

6:30 PM

Settings from Goethe's 'Wilhelm Meister': Sophie Karthäuser, Stephan Loges & Eugene Asti

11 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Sophie Karthäuser soprano Stephan Loges baritone Eugene Asti piano The poems from Goethe’s great novel Wilhelm Meister have been an inspiration for many composers, and Schubert’s settings of these texts are many, varied and extraordinary. Other Goethe settings, including ‘Ganymed’ and ‘Gretchen am Spinnrade’ are also incl...

9:00 PM

Schubert's Women Poets: Sylvia Schwartz & Gary Matthewman

11 Oct 2014 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

BUY TICKETS HERE Sylvia Schwartz soprano Gary Matthewman piano Sylvia Schwartz thrilled Oxford Lieder audiences in 2013 and returns with a programme of Schubert’s settings of women poets, including Caroline Pichler, whose salon was a major meeting point for the Schubert circle. Programme: Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor this song and have your n...

Sunday 12th October 2014

9:00 AM

Viennese Coffee morning at the Ashmolean

12 Oct 2014 09:00 | Ashmolean Museum

Sachertorte, coffee, readings and music in the lovely setting of the Ashmolean Dining Room. A perfect way to pass a Sunday morning.

1:00 PM

Masterclass for Amateur Singers: Sarah Walker CBE

12 Oct 2014 13:00 | Shulman Auditorium, Queens College

SOLD OUT! A great opportunity to receive individual coaching on Schubert songs from highly renowned singer and national treasure Sarah Walker CBE.

1:00 PM

Early Ballads & Sacred Music: a Study Day presented with the Schubert Institute UK

12 Oct 2014 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Presented in association with the Schubert Institute UK Elena Copons soprano Nicky Spence tenor Roger Vignoles piano Laura Tunbridge speaker Crawford Howie speaker Laura Tunbridge introduces ‘Adelwold und Emma’ (Schubert’s longest song!), an early setting of Friedrich Bertrand, plus Schubert’s only other Bertrand song –...

6:30 PM

An evening at the Ashmolean with Dorottya Lang, André Morsch, Julius Drake & Re:Sound

12 Oct 2014 18:30 | Ashmolean Museum

BUY TICKETS HERE A special evening of music and theatre in three parts: Dorottya Lang mezzo-soprano André Morsch baritone Julius Drake piano   Part One - The classical poems of Johann Baptist Mayrhofer, heard in the remarkable setting of the Randolph Sculpture Gallery, surrounded by Graeco-Roman statues. Part Two - Enjoy a glass of wine in the Atrium, intersper...

Monday 13th October 2014

12:10 PM

Settings of Friedrich & August Schlegel: Kate Royal, Manuel Walser & Malcolm Martineau

13 Oct 2014 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Kate Royal soprano Manuel Walser baritone Malcolm Martineau piano Celebrated soprano Kate Royal and acclaimed accompanist Malcolm Martineau are joined by rising-star baritone Manuel Walser, who recently won the prestigious 'Das Lied' competition in Berlin, for a programme of settings of August and Friedrich Schlegel. These remarkable brothers were both prominent f...

1:30 PM

Masterclass given by Malcolm Martineau

13 Oct 2014 13:30 | St Columba's United Reformed Church

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

4:30 PM

Impromptus, D935: Mark Viner

13 Oct 2014 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in association with Oxford Philomusica BUY TICKETS HERE Mark Viner piano Mark Viner, 24, is recognised as one of the most exciting British concert pianists of his generation. Today he plays Schubert's second set of Impromptus, some of his most popular keyboard works, written in 1827. Winner of numerous prizes, Mark Viner has given acclaimed recitals around Europe. He is an ...

6:30 PM

Settings of Seidl, Rellstab & others: Birgid Steinberger, John Mark Ainsley & Julius Drake

13 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Birgid Steinberger soprano John Mark Ainsley tenor Jan Petryka tenor Julius Drake piano Richard Watkins, Carys Evans, Alexei Watkins & Alex Hamilton horn Ensemble 45 This programme includes the famous ‘Auf dem Strom’ as well as two remarkable ensemble works: ‘Nachthelle’ (to a poem by Seidl) for tenor soloist and male chorus...

Tuesday 14th October 2014

9:00 AM

Masterclass given by Julius Drake

14 Oct 2014 09:00 | St Columba's United Reformed Church

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

10:30 AM

'Landscape Painters of Schubert's Era' & songs with guitar

14 Oct 2014 10:30 | Ashmolean Museum

John Warren speaker Christina Haldane soprano Ahmed Dickinson Cárdenas guitar John Warren introduces painters including Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and Schubert's friend Moritz von Schwind. This talk takes place at 11.30am in the Ashmolean Museum's lecture theatre. During the day, watch out for pop-up performances of Schubert songs with guitar in the Musical Instru...

12:10 PM

Settings of Matthison & Salis-Seewis: Nicholas Mulroy, Anna Dennis & John Reid

14 Oct 2014 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Anna Dennis soprano Nicholas Mulroy tenor John Reid piano 1816 and 1817 were both prolific years of songs and these two poets – the German Matthison and Swiss Salis-Seewis – contributed to this flowering. Three exceptional bring these delightful songs to life.   Programme: Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor this...

4:30 PM

Royal Academy of Music Recital

14 Oct 2014 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

This concert is generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust BUY TICKETS HERE Angharrad Lyddon mezzo-soprano Henry Neill baritone Somi Kim piano Outstanding students of the Royal Academy of Music give a recital that, in addition to songs by Schubert, also features some works by composers who influenced him.

6:30 PM

Settings of Goethe & Schiller: Christopher Maltman & Graham Johnson

14 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Christopher Maltman baritone Graham Johnson piano These two world-renowned artists perform settings of Goethe and Schiller, the two poets Schubert set more than any others. Programme: Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor this song and have your name, or that of a dedicatee, appear alongside it in this concert's printed programme. Se...

Wednesday 15th October 2014

8:30 AM

Masterclass given by Christopher Maltman

15 Oct 2014 08:30 | St Columba's United Reformed Church

Please note today's earlier start time. Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making. ...

12:10 PM

Settings of Schober & Mayrhofer: Ciara Hendrick, Maciek O'Shea & Sholto Kynoch

15 Oct 2014 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE This concert is generously supported by the Anamax Charitable Foundation Ciara Hendrick mezzo-soprano Maciek O'Shea baritone Sholto Kynoch piano   Settings of Schober & Mayrhofer. Two of Schubert’s close friends, whose poetry played an important role in his songs, are the focus of today’s lunchtime recital. Programme: Sponsor ...

2:00 PM

Screening of 'Mit meinen heissen Thränen', Part One

15 Oct 2014 14:00 | Phoenix Picturehouse

BUY TICKETS HERE This three-part film, directed by Fritz Lehner and starring Udo Samel as Franz Schubert, was acclaimed as a masterpiece when it was first screened on Channel Four in 1986, but inexplicably has not been screened since and is not readily available in its original, three-part version with English subtitles. We are thrilled to present this exceptional film. See also 23rd and 29th ...

4:30 PM

'Why does the Queen die?': a new play by Iain Burnside

15 Oct 2014 16:30 | TBC

Presented in association with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama BUY TICKETS HERE This music theatre piece is the latest in a series of experimental shows developed by Iain Burnside with the Guildhall School, and has been co-commissioned by Oxford Lieder for The Schubert Project. Schubert's circle of friends in Vienna included more writers and artists than musicians. His songs are ...

6:30 PM

Songs of the British Isles: Sarah Connolly, Roderick Williams & Eugene Asti

15 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

This concert is generously supported by The Helena Oldacre Trust BUY TICKETS HERE Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano Roderick Williams baritone Eugene Asti piano Ensemble 45 Alison Rose soprano Matthew Fletcher piano Tonight’s programme features the settings of Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake (including ‘Ave Maria’), and other songs with British-ba...

7:00 PM

'Why does the Queen die?': a new play by Iain Burnside

15 Oct 2014 19:00 | O'Reilly Theatre, Keble College

Presented in association with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama BUY TICKETS HERE Schubert's circle of friends in Vienna included more writers and artists than musicians. His songs are inextricably connected both to these friendships and the city where they flourished. This music theatre piece, the latest in a series of experimental shows developed by Iain Burnside with the Guildha...

Thursday 16th October 2014

9:00 AM

Winterreise Masterclass given by Sarah Walker CBE

16 Oct 2014 09:00 | St Columba's United Reformed Church

World-renowned mezzo Sarah Walker CBE spends a day working through the whole of this extraordinary cycle with six talented young duos. 10am-12.30pm Winterreise masterclass (part 1) 2.30pm - 5pm Winterreise masterclass (part 2)

12:10 PM

The Therese Grob songbook: Raphaela Papadakis, Martin Hässler & Sholto Kynoch

16 Oct 2014 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Raphaela Papadakis soprano Martin Hässler baritone Sholto Kynoch piano Therese Grob was probably Schubert’s first love. She was a talented soprano and sang the solos at the first performance of his Mass in F, D105, 200 years ago today (Worcester College Chapel Choir sing the mass at 6pm, all are welcome to attend the service). This recital features th...

5:00 PM

Choral Eucharist at Worcester College Chapel

16 Oct 2014 17:00 | Worcester College Chapel

As part of the Sung Eucharist service, the Chapel Choir of Worcester College, perform parts of the Mass in F, D105. This work was first performed 200 years ago today at the Liechtental Church in Vienna, with the composer conducting and the solos sung by Therese Grob (see lunchtime concert). It was in fact the first time Schubert's music was heard in public. The choir of Worcester College is...

6:30 PM

Winterreise: Ian Bostridge & Thomas Adès

16 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Ian Bostridge tenor Thomas Adès piano Two of the world’s great artists perform Schubert’s extraordinary settings of Wilhelm Müller, the ‘Winter Journey’. Programme: Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor this song and have your name, or that of a dedicatee, appear alongside it in this concert's printed programme. Win...

7:00 PM

'Why does the Queen die?': a new play by Iain Burnside

16 Oct 2014 19:00 | O'Reilly Theatre, Keble College

Presented in association with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama BUY TICKETS HERE Schubert's circle of friends in Vienna included more writers and artists than musicians. His songs are inextricably connected both to these friendships and the city where they flourished. This music theatre piece, the latest in a series of experimental shows developed by Iain Burnside with the Guildha...

Friday 17th October 2014

9:00 AM

Masterclass given by Dame Felicity Lott

17 Oct 2014 09:00 | St Columba's United Reformed Church

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

12:10 PM

The 'Kosegarten Liederspiel': Sophie Junker, Belinda Williams, Mark Wilde & David Owen-Norris

17 Oct 2014 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Sophie Junker soprano Belinda Williams mezzo-soprano Mark Wilde tenor David Owen Norris fortepiano In 1996 Morten Solvik showed that Schubert’s Kosegarten songs were a narrative cycle – Schubert’s first song-cycle, for three singers. Individually insignificant (though charming), when they’re put together in the right order they tel...

3:00 PM

Song, sonata, symphony: Schubert makes connections

17 Oct 2014 15:00 | Shulman Auditorium, Queens College

Presented in association with the Schubert Institute UK A Lecture given by Brian Newbould Brian Newbould, author of ‘Schubert: The Music and the Man’, gives a talk exploring the connections, often overlooked, between Schubert’s songs and his instrumental works.

4:30 PM

Beethoven Septet with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

17 Oct 2014 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Beethoven – Septet Principals of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Principal players of this world-renowned orchestra perform one of Beethoven’s most popular chamber works, the influence for Schubert’s own Octet (see 7.30pm concert).

6:30 PM

Dietrich Henschel & Principals of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

17 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Principals of the Orchestra of Enlightenment Dietrich Henschel baritone Sholto Kynoch piano The OAE perform Schubert’s astonishing response to Beethoven’s Septet, and Dietrich Henschel explores the poems of Ernst Schulze. These remarkable settings date from 1825 and 1826 and are often considered precursors of the Winterreise style. Programme: ...

7:00 PM

'Why does the Queen die?': a new play by Iain Burnside

17 Oct 2014 19:00 | O'Reilly Theatre, Keble College

Presented in association with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama BUY TICKETS HERE Schubert's circle of friends in Vienna included more writers and artists than musicians. His songs are inextricably connected both to these friendships and the city where they flourished. This music theatre piece, the latest in a series of experimental shows developed by Iain Burnside with the Guildha...

Saturday 18th October 2014

10:00 AM

Schubert's Life & Times: 1816-1817

18 Oct 2014 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

BUY TICKETS HERE Graham Johnson OBE piano Raphaela Papadakis soprano Benjamin Hulett tenor Robert Murray tenor Benjamin Appl baritone In the second of his lecture-recitals, tracing the course of Schubert’s life, Graham Johnson explores the prolific years of 1816 and 1817, as the composer begins to establish his reputation. Schedule: 11am: Welcome coffee 11.30am:...

1:00 PM

Family Concert

18 Oct 2014 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

An interactive concert for all the family, led by Sam Glazer with a team of outstanding musicians including mezzo Katie Bray and pianist William Vann. Suitable for anyone aged 7 to 107! Tickets are free but booking is essential - BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE (Please don't book if you don't intend to come; this deprives others of the opportunity to attend) OTHER FAMILY CONCERTS: Saturday...

4:00 PM

The Abendröte Cycle & Der Liedler: Mhairi Lawson, Nicholas Mulroy & Eugene Asti

18 Oct 2014 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, Andrew Kennedy has had to withdraw from this recital and will be replaced by Nicholas Mulroy. The programme remains unchanged. Mhairi Lawson soprano Nicholas Mulroy tenor Eugene Asti piano This programme features the ‘Abendröte’ cycle, to poems by Friedrich von Schlegel, as well as the great Schiller...

6:00 PM

The Schubert Project: A Schubertiade

18 Oct 2014 18:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

BUY TICKETS HERE A range of Festival artists join together for this special evening of songs, part songs, and piano duets, interspersed with an Austrian wine tasting, as the Jacqueline du Pré stage is transformed into a Viennese salon, reminiscent of the social gatherings at which many of Schubert’s works were heard for the first time. Programme to include: Sponsor a Song: ...

Sunday 19th October 2014

10:00 AM

A Study Day on Die schöne Müllerin with Susan Youens

19 Oct 2014 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

BUY TICKETS HERE Led by Susan Youens (University of Notre Dame) Rowan Pierce soprano Andrew Dickinson tenor Johnny Herford baritone William Vann piano World-renowned Schubert scholar Susan Youens leads a study day that explores Schubert’s great cycle, also introducing rare settings of the same texts that predate Schubert’s own. Schedule: 11am: Welcome coffee ...

1:30 PM

Bring & Sing

19 Oct 2014 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

Have your five minutes of fame on the stage of the Holywell Music Room Our hugely popular Bring and Sing returns offering enthusiastic singers the chance to perform solo in a supportive and non-competitive atmosphere.  Each performer has a short rehearsal slot prior to the performance. A pianist can be provided for a small additional charge, though you are warmly encouraged to bring some...

4:00 PM

Settings of Körner & Schiller: Elena Copons, Jan Petryka, Klemens Sander & Deirdre Brenner

19 Oct 2014 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Elena Copons soprano Jan Petryka tenor Klemens Sander baritione Deirdre Brenner piano Klemens Sander and Deirdre Brenner gave a stunning recital at the 2013 Festival and return this year with two other exceptional singers. Their programme includes the stirring poetry of Theodor Körner, whom Schubert knew, as well as settings of Schiller and the fun-filled trio...

6:30 PM

Die schöne Müllerin: Christoph Prégardien & Roger Vignoles

19 Oct 2014 18:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

BUY TICKETS HERE Christoph Prégardien tenor Roger Vignoles piano Wilhelm Müller’s poignant poems of the tragic young man in love with the miller’s beautiful daughter struck a note with Schubert and inspired this great song cycle - Die schöne Müllerin. Programme: Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor this song and have your nam...

Monday 20th October 2014

12:10 PM

Settings of Hölty & Schiller: Robert Murray, Jonathan McGovern & James Baillieu

20 Oct 2014 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Robert Murray tenor Jonathan McGovern baritone James Baillieu piano A fantastic line-up of artists for this programme of the esteemed dramatist Friedrich Schiller and his fellow German, Ludwig Hölty. Programme: Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor this song and have your name, or that of a dedicatee, appear alongside it in this concert...

1:30 PM

Masterclass with Music Faculty students given by Susan Youens

20 Oct 2014 13:30 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Presented in association with the Faculty of Music of the University of Oxford. Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workin...

4:30 PM

Piano Trio in E flat: The Schubert Ensemble

20 Oct 2014 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE The Schubert Ensemble The Schubert Ensemble, established for over 30 years as one of the world's leading exponents of music for piano and strings, perform the E flat Piano Trio, D929, one of Schubert’s most adventurous and thrilling pieces of chamber music. See also the 7.30pm concert this evening, when The Schubert Ensemble will perform the 'Trout' quintet...

6:30 PM

'The Trout' & other water music: James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook & The Schubert Ensemble

20 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

This concert is generously supported by Jesus College & The Kohn Foundation BUY TICKETS HERE James Gilchrist tenor Anna Tilbrook piano The Schubert Ensemble The Quintet in A, with its famous variations on the song ‘Die Forelle’ (‘The Trout’) is one of Schubert’s most popular chamber works and is heard here alongside the song itself and a number of oth...

Tuesday 21st October 2014

9:00 AM

Masterclass with James Gilchrist

21 Oct 2014 09:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

12:10 PM

Settings of Rellstab & Claudius: Roderick Williams, Katharine Watson & Susie Allan

21 Oct 2014 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

This concert is generously supported by The Loveday Charitable Trust BUY TICKETS HERE Katharine Watson soprano Roderick Williams baritone Susie Allan piano Today we hear the settings of Ludwig Rellstab from Schubert's final year, commonly known as part of Schwanengesang. This was not in fact intended as a cycle by Schubert, but was pieced together after his death by the publisher ...

1:30 PM

Masterclass with Roderick Williams

21 Oct 2014 13:30 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

4:30 PM

Royal College of Music Recital

21 Oct 2014 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

This concert is generously supported by The Josephine Baker Trust BUY TICKETS HERE Soraya Mafi soprano Timonthy Nelson baritone Ian Tindale piano This concert sees three exceptional students from the Royal College of Music give a mixed recital of Schubert songs. A chance to spot the stars of the future!

6:30 PM

Settings of Goethe, Schiller & others: Christiane Karg, Andrew Staples & Joseph Middleton

21 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Christiane Karg soprano Andrew Staples tenor Joseph Middleton piano Unknown settings of great poets and great settings of unknown poetry are the feature of tonight's programme, given by a dazzling trio of young stars. Christiane Karg (recently described in the Guardian as having a 'sumptuous tone and glittering top register'), Andrew Staples and Joseph Middlet...

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

9:00 AM

Masterclass given by Roger Vignoles

22 Oct 2014 09:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

10:00 AM

Schubert's Life & Times: 1818-1821

22 Oct 2014 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

BUY TICKETS HERE Graham Johnson OBE piano Geraldine McGreevy soprano Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano Daniel Johannsen tenor Stephan Loges baritone In the third of his lecture-recitals, Graham Johnson explores the years 1818-1821: not Schubert's most prolific in terms of song, but crucial years for his growing reputation and stylistic development. Schedule: 11am - Welcome...

4:30 PM

Piano Trio in B flat: Cecilia Zilliacus, Mats Lidström & Bengt Forsberg

22 Oct 2014 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Cecilia Zilliacus violin Mats Lidström cello Bengt Forsberg piano In the first of several appearances at The Schubert Project, renowned pianist Bengt Forsberg is joined by leading Swedish string players for the uplifting Trio in B Flat, D898. Programme: Piano Trio in B flat, D898 i. Allegro moderato ii. Andante un poco mosso iii. Scherzo: allegro iv....

6:30 PM

Settings of Goethe: Sophie Daneman, Benjamin Hulett, Mark Stone & Sholto Kynoch

22 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Sophie Daneman soprano Benjamin Hulett tenor Mark Stone baritone Sholto Kynoch piano Schubert turned to Goethe more than to any other poet, setting over 70 of his poems. This evening's concert focuses on these settings, including some of the best-loved songs such as 'Der Musensohn', 'An Schwager Kronos' and 'An den Mond'. Prog...

Thursday 23rd October 2014

9:00 AM

Masterclass given by Sophie Daneman

23 Oct 2014 09:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

10:30 AM

Schubert's Creative Process: a talk given by Natasha Loges

23 Oct 2014 10:30 | Convocation House

Presented in association with the Bodleian Library Manuscripts will be on display 10am-4pm BOOK TICKETS HERE Natasha Loges speaker Natasha Loges explore's Schubert's creative process, in particular examining the Grand Duo for piano duet (D812). The manuscript of this ground-breaking work is in the collection of the Bodleian Library and will be on display during the day (10am-4pm)...

12:10 PM

The Grand Duo & setting of Jacobi: Stephanie Marshall, Christopher Glynn & Bengt Forsberg

23 Oct 2014 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Stephanie Marshall mezzo soprano Christopher Glynn piano Bengt Forsberg piano The Grand Duo, D812, is one of Schubert's most powerful works for piano duet and one of his most groundbreaking works in any genre. Following the morning's talk on Schubert's creative process, Christopher Glynn and Bengt Forsberg give a complete performance of the Duo. Fast-risi...

2:00 PM

Screening of 'Mit meinen heissen Thränen', Part Two

23 Oct 2014 14:00 | Phoenix Picturehouse

BUY TICKETS HERE 'Mit meinen heissen Thränen' part two: 'Im Reich des Gartens' The second part of the masterful Schubert biopic, starring Udo Samel (see also 15th & 29th).

6:30 PM

Settings of Rückert & Leitner: Isa Gericke, Håkan Vramsmo, Cecilia Zilliacus & Bengt Forsberg

23 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Isa Katharina Gericke soprano Håkan Vramsmo baritone Cecilia Zilliacus violin Bengt Forsberg piano These two poets were discovered by Schubert only late in life but inspired some of his greatest masterpieces; six settings of Rückert and one of Leitner in 1822-23, and a further ten settings of Leitner in the last year of his life. The Rückert so...

9:00 PM

Piano Sonata in B flat, D960: Imogen Cooper

23 Oct 2014 21:00 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Imogen Cooper piano Long acknowledged as one of the great interpreters of Schubert, Imogen Cooper plays his life-affirming final piano sonata in B flat, D960. This is one of the pinnacles of the piano repertoire, performed by one of the leading pianists of our time. Programme: Piano Sonata in B flat, D960 i. Molto moderato ii. Andante sostenuto iii. Scherzo: allegro...

Friday 24th October 2014

8:30 AM

Schubert as Dramatist: an international conference

24 Oct 2014 08:30 | Denis Arnold Hall

BUY TICKETS HERE Presented in association with the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford Lorraine Byrne-Bodley is the keynote speaker in a one-day international conference that examines Schubert's perceived failure as an opera composer against his undisputed mastery of the small-scale drama in song. Speakers are coming to the Festival from around the UK, France, USA and Ireland. Sche...

9:00 AM

Masterclass given by Bengt Forsberg

24 Oct 2014 09:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

12:10 PM

Schubert at the Opera: members of the National Opera Studio

24 Oct 2014 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in association with the National Opera Studio, generously supported by the Nicholas John Memorial Trust BUY TICKETS HERE Katie Grosset soprano Lucy Hall soprano Iain Milne tenor Tim Hawken piano Members of the National Opera Studio perform songs with one foot in the theatre, including such masterworks as 'Florio' and 'Delphine', as well ...

4:30 PM

Piano Sonata in G D894

24 Oct 2014 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

Bengt Forsberg (piano) BUY TICKETS HERE The Sonata in G was described by Schumann as 'the most perfect in form and conception' of Schubert's sonatas.

6:30 PM

Laments, overtures, arias, & settings of Seidl: Katherine Broderick, Mark Padmore & Julius Drake

24 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

Generously supported by The Martin Smith Foundation  BUY TICKETS HERE Katherine Broderick soprano Mark Padmore tenor Julius Drake piano Bengt Forsberg piano Schiller laments, overtures of Schubert operas arranged by the composer for piano four hands, soprano arias from the operas, as well as the complete settings of Johann Seidl, make for a completely unmiss...

8:45 PM

Songs of the Night & the Stars: Wolfgang Holzmair & Sholto Kynoch

24 Oct 2014 20:45 | New College Ante Chapel

BUY TICKETS HERE Wolfgang Holzmair baritone Sholto Kynoch piano Wolfgang Holzmair's appearances at the Lieder Festival are always special occasions. For tonight's late-night concert, he has devised a wonderful programme of songs on a theme of night and the stars. This programme will be repeated on Sunday 26th as a special Pass-holders' event in the Radcliffe Observatory. P...

Saturday 25th October 2014

10:00 AM

Schubert's Life & Times: 1822-1825

25 Oct 2014 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

BUY TICKETS HERE Graham Johnson OBE piano Geraldine McGreevy soprano Anna Huntley mezzo Alessandro Fisher tenor Benjamin Appl baritone Years of maturity but also crisis as the composer becomes ill. Graham Johnson’s chronological exploration of Schubert’s life continues. He is joined by an outstanding team of singers, including Alessandro Fisher, a winner of the Oxford...

10:30 AM

Family Concert

25 Oct 2014 10:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE An interactive concert for all the family, led by Sam Glazer with a team of outstanding musicians. Suitable for anyone aged 7 to 107! Tickets are free but booking is essential. (Please don't book if you don't intend to come; this deprives others of the opportunity to attend)

12:30 PM

Masterclass for Music College Applicants

25 Oct 2014 12:30 | Denis Arnold Hall

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.

4:00 PM

Piano Duets: Julius Drake & Bengt Forsberg

25 Oct 2014 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONCERT BEGINS AT 5PM Julius Drake piano Bengt Forsberg piano Two renowned pianists come together to perform two of Schubert's greatest duets, an area of Schubert's repertoire that was close to the composer's heart. This programme includes the glorious A-flat Variations D813 and the ever-popular F-minor Fantasy, D940.

6:30 PM

Winterreise: Sir Thomas Allen & Joseph Middleton

25 Oct 2014 18:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Sir Thomas Allen baritone Joseph Middleton piano Sir Thomas Allen is Oxford Lieder's patron and was recently awarded the Queen's Medal for Music. It is a great privilege to welcome him to Oxford for Shubert's great cycle, Winterreise. Programme:   Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor this song and have your name, or that of...

Sunday 26th October 2014

11:00 AM

Schubert and Nature - A Study Day: Susan Gritton & Eugene Asti, Victor Sicard & Anna Cardona

26 Oct 2014 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

BUY TICKETS HERE Presented in association with the University of Oxford Botanic Garden Nature played a huge role in Schubert’s life and music. Today we explore this role, with two fascinating lectures flanking a recital of his 'flower songs'. Soprano Susan Gritton, who read Botany at St Hilda’s College prior to her career as a singer on the international stage, is ...

5:00 PM

'Der Göttinger Hainbund': settings of Hölty, Klopstock, Stolberg & Uz

26 Oct 2014 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE   Fflur Wyn soprano Katie Bray mezzo-soprano Daniel Norman tenor William Dazeley baritone Sholto Kynoch piano John Warren speaker   Hölty and Stolberg, influenced by Klopstock and Uz, were members of the group of German poets known as the 'Göttinger Hainbund'. Schubert was particularly drawn to these influential...

9:00 PM

Songs of the Night & the Stars: Wolfgang Holzmair & Sholto Kynoch (Pass-holders' event)

26 Oct 2014 21:00 | TBC

Wolfgang Holzmair baritone Sholto Kynoch piano Wolfgang Holzmair repeats his programme of songs about night and the stars (see Friday 24th) in the unique settings of the Radcliffe Observatory. This event, including an informal reception, is for Pass-holders only. To find out more, visit our Buy Passes page.

Monday 27th October 2014

1:10 PM

Settings of Schiller: Maria Forsström, Espen Langvik & Matti Hirvonen

27 Oct 2014 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Maria Forsström mezzo-soprano Espen Langvik baritone Matti Hirvonen piano Friedrich Schiller was one of the most prominent poets in Schubert's vast output, second only to Goethe. This programme includes the darkly powerful 'Klage der Ceres' amongst other contrasting poems. A dramatic and varied programme, performed by some of Scandinavia's leadin...

2:30 PM

Masterclass given by Matti Hirvonen

27 Oct 2014 14:30 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

7:30 PM

Settings of Ossian: Sophie Daneman, John Mark Ainsley, Robert Holl & Sholto Kynoch

27 Oct 2014 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Sophie Daneman soprano John Mark Ainsley tenor Robert Holl bass-bartone Sholto Kynoch piano Claiming to be translations from translations of a bygone Celtic bard called Ossian, 'Fragments of Ancient Poetry Collected in the Highlands of Scotland' was the title of the collection now attributed to its 'discoverer' James MacPherson. Despite its dub...

Tuesday 28th October 2014

10:00 AM

Masterclass with Wolgang Holzmair

28 Oct 2014 10:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

1:10 PM

Schubert & Beethoven: Maximilian Schmitt & Justus Zeyen

28 Oct 2014 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Maximillian Schmitt tenor Justus Zeyen piano Maximillian Schmitt is one of the most exciting emerging tenors in Europe today. Joined by the distinguished pianist Justus Zeyen, he sings Beethoven’s ground-breaking cycle An die ferne Geliebte (‘To the distant beloved’), which paved the way for Schubert’s remarkable through-composed cycle Einsamkeit (se...

2:30 PM

Masterclass for Music College Applicants

28 Oct 2014 14:30 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

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.

5:30 PM

'Einsamkeit' & other settings of Mayrhofer: Robert Holl & Sholto Kynoch

28 Oct 2014 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

BOOK TICKETS HERE Robert Holl bass-baritone Sholto Kynoch piano Einsamkeit (‘Solitude’, D620) is a signature work for the great Dutch bass-baritone Robert Holl, and a cycle that is not as known as it surely should be. In a letter to friends on 3rd August 1818, Schubert wrote, ‘I live and compose like a god, as though that were as it should be. Mayrhofer’s ‘Eins...

7:30 PM

The Arpeggione Sonata & settings of Müller & Mayrhofer: Anna-Lucia Richter, Christoph Richter & Sholto Kynoch

28 Oct 2014 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

BOOK TICKETS HERE Anna Lucia Richter soprano Christoph Richter cello Sholto Kynoch piano Anna Lucia Richter has enjoyed a fast rise to stardom and performs the ever-popular 'Der Hirt auf dem Felsen' ('The Shepherd on the Rock', setting a poem of Wilhelm Müller) in the version with cello, performing with her uncle, the world-renowned cellist Christoph Richter. Als...

Wednesday 29th October 2014

10:00 AM

Masterclass given by Robert Holl

29 Oct 2014 10:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

1:10 PM

Settings of Goethe & Matthisson: Malin Christensson, Joshua Ellicott & Simon Lepper

29 Oct 2014 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

BOOK TICKETS HERE Malin Christensson soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Simon Lepper piano This programme includes some of the most popular settings of Goethe, including 'Heidenroslein', 'Rastlose Liebe' and both 'Wandrers Nachlieder'. Programme: Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor this song and have your name, or that of a dedicatee, ...

3:00 PM

Screening of 'Mit meinen heissen Thränen', Part Three

29 Oct 2014 15:00 | Phoenix Picturehouse

BOOK TICKETS HERE The conclusion of Fritz Lehner’s amazing film trilogy (see also 15th & 23rd).

5:30 PM

'Death & the Maiden': The Doric String Quartet

29 Oct 2014 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Doric String Quartet Described by Gramophone as ‘one of the finest young string quartets', the Doric String Quartet has emerged as the leading British quartet amongst the new generation, receiving glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe. They play the darkly dramatic ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet. Programme: String Quartet in ...

7:30 PM

'Gretchen am Spinnrade' & other songs: Angelika Kirchschlager & James Sherlock

29 Oct 2014 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

BOOK TICKETS HERE  Angelika Kirchschlager mezzo-soprano James Sherlock piano Angelika Kirchschlager needs little introduction as one of the world’s leading singers. She is joined by James Sherlock, fast establishing himself as an outstanding young pianist. Their varied programme includes Schubert's ground-breaking setting of Schubert's 'Gretchen am Spinnrade'. ...

Thursday 30th October 2014

10:00 AM

Masterclass given by Angelika Kirschlager

30 Oct 2014 10:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

1:10 PM

The Schubert Circle: Mary Bevan, Charles Daniels, Marcus Farnsworth & Michael Dussek

30 Oct 2014 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Mary Bevan soprano Charles Daniels tenor Marcus Farnsworth baritone Michael Dussek piano Schubert was not a poor judge of literature, but other reasons for selecting texts were also important to him. Schubert’s close circle of friends and supporters were vital to him, and this is reflected in the wonderful settings of the poets Mayrhofer, Bruchmann, Schlechta, Ken...

3:00 PM

Masterclass for Amateur Singers: Henry Herford

30 Oct 2014 15:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

SOLD OUT! A great opportunity to receive individual coaching on Schubert songs from highly renowned singer, Henry Herford.

5:30 PM

String Quintet in C, D956: The Doric String Quartet & Bartholomew LaFolette

30 Oct 2014 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Doric String Quartet Bartholomew LaFollette cello The magnificent String Quintet was Schubert’s last chamber work, written in 1828 just two months before the composer’s early death, and is arguably his most popular chamber work. Programme: String Quintet in C, D 956 i. Allegro ma non troppo ii. Adagio iii. Scherzo iv. Allegretto

7:30 PM

Songs of Evening & Twilight: Wolfgang Holzmair & Graham Johnson

30 Oct 2014 19:30 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Wolfgang Holzmair baritone Graham Johnson piano In the second of his programmes for this year’s Festival, Wolfgang Holzmair is joined by Graham Johnson, moving from the night theme of his earlier programme, to reflections on twilight and the evening, full of promise as well as foreboding. Programme: Sponsor a Song: click on any title to find out how to sponsor th...

Friday 31st October 2014

10:00 AM

Masterclass given by Graham Johnson

31 Oct 2014 10:00 | Harris Manchester College Chapel

Our masterclass programme for the Schubert Project sees many of the Festival’s most prestigious artists working with talented young singers and pianists, honing their interpretations of Franz Schubert.   All masterclasses are open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the workings of professional music making.   No need to book; just turn up. Yo...

1:10 PM

Schubert's Legacy - New Aspects: Anna Dennis, Daniel Norman & Andrew West

31 Oct 2014 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

BUY TICKETS HERE Presented in association with the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford Anna Dennis soprano Daniel Norman tenor Andrew West piano Six of Schubert’s great settings of Goethe are translated into English by young poets and set to music by emerging composers, as part of the University’s research programme, ‘Comparative Criticism & Translation&rsq...

5:00 PM

A Schubert Surprise!

31 Oct 2014 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

PROGRAMME & ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED. As we approach the end of the Festival, this ‘reserve’ concert will feature any Schubert songs that have been missed due to illness (or discovered in an attic since confirming the programme!). In the happy event that this is unnecessary, exceptional students who have taken part in the Masterclass programme will be invited to give a per...

6:30 PM

The Schubert Project: Pre-concert talk with Paul Kildea

31 Oct 2014 18:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

Britten, Schubert & the Nocturne'. Eminent author and conductor Paul Kildea talks about Schubert and Britten, and their shared fascination with the night, in preparation for the 7.30pm Aurora Orchestra concert.

7:30 PM

Schubert & Britten: Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon & Allan Clayton

31 Oct 2014 19:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

BUY TICKETS HERE Aurora Orchestra Allan Clayton tenor Ensemble 45 Nicholas Collon conductor Aurora are hailed in all quarters as one of the most exciting orchestras to emerge in recent years. In this fascinating and varied programme, they provide the Festival’s only foray into orchestral works, including the glorious fifth symphony (a tribute to Mozart) and the stunning ...

Saturday 1st November 2014

11:00 AM

Schubert's Life & Times: 1826-1828

01 Nov 2014 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

BUY TICKETS HERE Graham Johnson OBE piano Geraldine McGreevy soprano Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano Ben Johnson tenor Benedict Nelson baritone Schubert’s final years are the focus of Graham Johnson’s concluding lecture recital. Great creations sprang forth from the composer, whose life was about to be cut short. Schedule: 11am - Welcome coffee 11.30am - Lectur...

12:00 PM

Family Concert with the Erlkings

01 Nov 2014 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

BUY TICKETS HERE The Erlkings are an amazing Schubert-based folk/rock band who bring Schubert to life with their fresh translations and unique, modern take on classic songs. They lead a fun, interactive concert, suitable for all, ages 7 upwards. Tickets are free but booking is essential. (Please don't book if you don't intend to come; this deprives others of the opportunity to attend)

5:00 PM

Settings of Schiller, Goethe & others: Christoph Pohl & Marcelo Amaral

01 Nov 2014 17:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

BUY TICKETS HERE Christoph Pohl baritone Marcelo Amaral piano The epic Schiller Ballad ‘Der Taucher’ (‘The Diver’) is the focus of this programme, performed by German baritone Christoph Pohl, who recently made his BBC Proms debut to great acclaim as Wolfram in Wagner’s Tanhäuser. He and pianist Marcelo Amaral, described in the New York Times...