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2013 Festival

11th - 26th October 2013

The Annual Oxford Lieder Festival, bringing song to the heart of Oxford

Friday 11th October 2013

12:30 PM

Schools' Project Concert

11 Oct 2013 12:30 | Ashmolean Museum

Oxford Lieder's annual workshops in local schools always produce amazing results. Come and witness the creativity of these children as they give a performance of works entirely of their own in the beautiful atrium of the Ashmolean. A fantastic and uplifting start to the Festival, and completely free to observe. After a look around the Ashmolean, head over to Merton College to take in Iain ...

1:30 PM

Britten Folksong Masterclass

11 Oct 2013 13:30 | TBC

Britten folksong masterclass with Iain Burnside Renowned pianist, broadcaster and writer Iain Burnside works with talented students from the University of Oxford on Benjamin Britten’s wonderful arrangements of traditional folk songs.  This event is presented in association with Britten in Oxford  You can hear the students who take part give a concert, also free, on Monday 14t...

Saturday 12th October 2013

10:00 AM

Goethe Study Day

12 Oct 2013 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The first week of this year’s Festival features many settings of the great German poet and polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Today’s study day examines his towering influence in all areas of culture and especially music. The two lectures and accompanying recital should be fascinating to all, both those familiar with Goethe’s work and those interested to find out more. The s...

7:00 PM

Hugo Wolf - Goethe Lieder Part I

12 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Louise Alder (soprano) Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano)* Neal Davies (baritone) Sholto Kynoch (piano) *Daniela Lehner is indisposed, and will be replaced in tonight's performance by Katarina Karnéus. Preconcert talk at 7.00 by Natasha Loges free to all ticket-holders This concert looks at settings of poems from Goethe's great novel Wilhelm Meister, meeting the ch...

Sunday 13th October 2013

2:00 PM

Solitary Hotel

13 Oct 2013 14:00 | Holywell Music Room

A song concert for people aged 7+   Devised, directed and presented by Dominic Harlan   Sarah Gabriel, soprano Philip Smith, baritone Dominic Harlan, piano   Dominic Harlan’s interactive family concert in 2012 was a spectacular event, which opened the excitement and pleasure of the song repertoire to a Holywell packed with children, all comp...

3:30 PM

Festival Chorus Concert

13 Oct 2013 15:30 | Holywell Music Room

The Festival Chorus was established at last year’s Lieder Festival and proved a popular success, with an extremely high-quality recital. This year, Jonathan Williams conducts a wonderful selection of part songs, open to all to hear free of charge. Singers of all abilities are welcome to join and will take part in a series of workshops and rehearsals with Jonathan Williams and soprano Fion...

5:15 PM

Choral Evensong at Queen's College

13 Oct 2013 17:15 | The Queen's College Chapel

Enjoy the special experience of Choral Evensong in the Baroque serenity of the Chapel at the Queen's College. Tonight's service includes works by Fauré and Britten.

7:00 PM

Songs by Schubert, Fauré, de Falla, Ravel & Britten

13 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Sylvia Schwartz (soprano) Gary Matthewman (piano) “A European Journey” – Songs by Schubert, Fauré, de Falla, Ravel and Britten Pre-concert talk at 7.00pm by Gavin Plumley free to all ticket-holders Spanish soprano Sylvia Schwartz has received enthusiastic acclaim wherever she has sung, not least for her recent debut disc of Spanish song on the Hyperion label. Joine...

Monday 14th October 2013

12:15 PM

Britten Folksongs recital

14 Oct 2013 12:15 | TBC

Britten folksongs recital, with Oxford University Music Students Following Iain Burnside’s masterclass on Friday 11th, the students who took part give a recital of Britten’s folksong arrangements. In association with Britten in Oxford

7:00 PM

Hugo Wolf - Goethe Lieder Part II

14 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Fflur Wyn (soprano)* Rowan Hellier (mezzo-soprano)* Adrian Thompson (tenor) Roderick Williams (baritone) Sholto Kynoch (piano) * Louise Alder and Christine Rice are indisposed. They will be replaced by Fflur Wyn (soprano) and Rowan Hellier (mezzo-soprano) Pre-concert at 7.00pm, free to all ticket-holders. The second concert covering Wolf’s complete settings of Goethe also featu...

Tuesday 15th October 2013

12:10 PM

Oxford Lieder Young Artists Recital I

15 Oct 2013 12:10 | St Michael at the North Gate

Alessandro Fisher (tenor) & Ricardo Gosalbo (piano) For the first of this year’s lunch-time recitals, this exceptional young duo, who are joint winners of his year’s Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, perform songs by Britten, Schubert, Poulenc and Hahn. An ideal way to begin our popular daytime series. PROGRAMME Franz Schubert Was ist Sylvia Benjamin Britten The Birds...

7:00 PM

Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge; Songs by Schubert, Quilter, Liszt & Berlioz

15 Oct 2013 19:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Sir Willard White (baritone) Sylvia Kevorkian (soprano) Eugene Asti (piano) Brahms – Vier ernste Gesänge. Songs by Schubert, Quilter, Liszt and Berlioz. Pre-concert talk at 7.00pm by Natasha Loges free to all ticket-holders Sir Willard White makes a much-anticipated return to the Lieder Festival. Together with soprano Sylvia Kevorkian and pianist Eugene Asti, he brings a progr...

Wednesday 16th October 2013

12:10 PM

Lunch with Schubert

16 Oct 2013 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Bethan Langford – mezzo, Johannes Kammler – baritone, Lana Bode – piano Lunchtime recitals at the Lieder Festival showcase the best emerging talent. Today, star students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama perform a selection of songs by the master of lieder, Franz Schubert. PROGRAMME: 'Lunch with Schuber...

1:30 PM

Masterclass for Music College Applicants

16 Oct 2013 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

Robin Bowman was head of vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and he gives a masterclass for singers or accompanists applying to music college.  Please contact [email protected] for details of taking part

7:00 PM

Schumann: Dichterliebe & Saxton: Time and the Seasons

16 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Roderick Williams (baritone) Andrew West (piano) Robert Saxton – Time and the Seasons (WORLD PREMIERE – commissioned by Oxford Lieder) Schumann – Dichterliebe Pre-concert artist conversation with Robert Saxton and Andrew West at 7.00pm, free to all ticket-holders. Robert Saxton is one of our leading composers and his new song cycle is Oxford Lieder’s most substan...

Thursday 17th October 2013

12:10 PM

Lunch with Schumann

17 Oct 2013 12:10 | St Michael at the North Gate

Students from the Royal Northern College of Music Michaela Parry - mezzo-soprano Aaron O'Hare - baritone James Hendry - piano Lunchtime recitals at the Lieder Festival showcase the best emerging talent. Today, star students from the Royal Northern College of Music perform a selection of songs by Robert Schumann at this beautiful city centre church. PROGRAMME: Robert Schumann (18...

1:30 PM

Open Workshop - Purcell to Britten: The Translation of Genius

17 Oct 2013 13:30 | The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

Roger Hamilton and Giles Underwood lead a discussion/workshop on Britten’s realisations of Purcell songs. Working with post-graduate students, they explore how these differ from today's conventions, asking how and why Britten approached Purcell.   In association with Britten In Oxford

7:00 PM

Hugo Wolf - Goethe Lieder Part III

17 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Sophie Bevan (soprano) John Chest (baritone)* Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone) Sholto Kynoch (piano) *Andrew Kennedy is indisposed. He will be replaced in tonight's performance by John Chest. Settings of Goethe by Wolf, Schubert and others. Pre-concert talk by Lorraine Byrne Bodley at 7.00pm free to all ticket-holders This concert is the conclusion of Oxford Lieder’s three-y...

Friday 18th October 2013

12:10 PM

Lunchtime concert - "Der Winter kalt und wild"

18 Oct 2013 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

"Frozen Landscapes and Winter Journeys" Day Students from the Royal Academy of Music Alice Rose Privett (soprano), Samuel Queen (baritone) & Thomas Primrose (piano) Talented young musicians from RAM perform songs by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms. The theme of winter in its various guises runs through the progamme, devised by Richard Stokes. Johannes Brahms Über...

1:30 PM

Pitt Rivers Museum afternoon

18 Oct 2013 13:30 | Pitt Rivers Museum

Spend the afternoon in the gloriously eclectic Pitt Rivers Museum. There will be live music at intervals, a slide-show of remarkable photographs from the Andrée Expedition (see Mark Stone concert, 10pm, 18 October) and a specially designed paper trail guiding you around exhibits relating to our Winter Journeys Day theme: Inuit clothing, mammoth ivory carvings, and other fascinating items...

4:45 PM

Vaughan Williams - Songs of Travel

18 Oct 2013 16:45 | Holywell Music Room

"Frozen Landscapes and Winter Journeys" Day Rush-hour concert: Mark Stone (baritone) & Sholto Kynoch (piano) Ralph Vaughan Williams – Songs of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems provide the text for this classic English song cycle, which reflects Vaughan Williams’ preoccupation with both Schubert and English folk song. The nine songs dwell on the various st...

7:00 PM

Schubert - 'Winterreise'

18 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

"Frozen Landscapes and WInter Journeys" Day Robert Murray (tenor) Andrew West (piano)   Schubert - Winterreise, with readings from Captain Scott's diary given by Seán Street. Pre-concert talk by Peter Clarkson MBE, Emeritus Associate, the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge at 7.00pm free to all ticket-holders Schubert’s extraordinary settings of Wi...

9:00 PM

Dominick Argento - The Andrée Expedition

18 Oct 2013 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

"Frozen Landscapes and Winter Journeys" Day Mark Stone (baritone) & Sholto Kynoch (piano) Dominick Argento – The Andrée Expedition Salomon Andrée’s doomed expedition to reach the North Pole by balloon was a disaster that captured the attention of the world, especially Sweden, both at the time in 1897 and at the discovery in 1930 of their final camp. Th...

Saturday 19th October 2013

11:00 AM

Bring & Sing

19 Oct 2013 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Enthusiastic singers are encouraged to perform a song or two in the glorious setting of the Holywell Music Room. Contact [email protected] for information on taking part.

1:00 PM

Britten Masterclass with James Bowman

19 Oct 2013 13:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Britten Masterclass with James Bowman James Bowman is one of the world’s best-known counter tenors, and worked extensively with Benjamin Britten. He gives a masterclass as part of the Britten in Oxford celebrations.

1:30 PM

Solitary Hotel

19 Oct 2013 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

A song concert for people aged 7+   Devised, directed and presented by Dominic Harlan   Sarah Gabriel, soprano Philip Smith, baritone Dominic Harlan, piano   Dominic Harlan’s interactive family concert in 2012 was a spectacular event, which opened the excitement and pleasure of the song repertoire to a Holywell packed with children, all co...

4:30 PM

Schumann - Liederkreis Op. 24 & songs by Britten

19 Oct 2013 16:30 | Holywell Music Room

Benjamin Hulett (tenor) & Sholto Kynoch (piano) Tenor Benjamin Hulett has an increasingly impressive reputation on the song and opera stages of Europe. He made a great impression at last year’s Festival in songs of Hugo Wolf, and returns this year with Britten’s ecstatic settings of Michelangelo and Schumann’s exquisite Heine Liederkreis. PROGRAMME: Benjamin Britte...

7:00 PM

Schubert - Schwanengesang & songs by Benjamin Britten

19 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Stephan Loges (baritone) Michael Dussek (piano) Britten – Songs and Proverbs of William Blake; Schubert - Schwanengesang Pre-concert talk by Richard Wigmore at 7pm free to all ticket-holders German baritone Stephan Loges makes a welcome return to the Festival, joined by equally renowned pianist Michael Dussek. They perform Britten’s powerful settings of Wiliam Blake, writt...

9:00 PM

Late-night Britten - Who are these Children?

19 Oct 2013 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Joshua Ellicott (tenor) & Simon Lepper (piano) Britten – Who are these Children? Finzi - Till Earth Outwears Schumann - selection from Kinderszenen Britten’s settings of Soutar reflect by turns the innocence and the dangers of childhood, and form the centrepiece of tonight’s programme, given by two increasingly renowned and deeply communicative artists. PROGRA...

Sunday 20th October 2013

9:00 AM

Master Course Day One

20 Oct 2013 09:00 | The North Wall

Course Leader: Roger Vignoles. Guest tutor: Fiona Dobie We are delighted to welcome Roger Vignoles as course leader this year. He has been a regular guest tutor in the past and his classes are always insightful and fascinating for participants and audience alike. Today’s guest tutor is the soprano and voice teacher Fiona Dobie. Click here to find out more and download an application for...

4:00 PM

Schumann - Frauenliebe und -leben & songs by Britten

20 Oct 2013 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

Ciara Hendrick (mezzo) & Libby Burgess (piano) Britten – A Charm of Lullabies and Cabaret Songs Schumann – Frauenliebe und -leben Ciara Hendrick and Libby Burgess have both appeared regularly at the Lieder Festival, most recently in composition workshops held with the Faculty of Music. Today they perform Britten’s two cycles for mezzo alongside one of Schumann’s ...

5:45 PM

Britten & McPhee Piano Duets

20 Oct 2013 17:45 | Holywell Music Room

The Francoise-Green Piano Duo Antoine Francoise & Robin Green (pianos) Britten - Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesca Op. 21 Colin McPhee - arrangement of Balinese Gamelan music for two pianos Britten - Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, arr. Mc Phee for two pianos. As a scintillating extra to our weekend of Britten songs, the prize-winning Francoise-Green Piano Duo present an ea...

7:00 PM

Benjamin Britten remembered

20 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

James Bowman (counter tenor) Andrew Plant (piano) “15 Minutes of Fame” – At the start of this evening’s concert, rising star tenor Nick Pritchard and pianist Ian Tindale will give a short showcase performance, including songs by Britten. James Bowman and Andrew Plant both worked with Britten and they will give a programme that includes a number of his songs and arr...

Monday 21st October 2013

9:00 AM

Master Course Day Two

21 Oct 2013 09:00 | The North Wall

Course Leader: Roger Vignoles, Guest Tutor: Andrew West We are delighted to welcome Roger Vignoles as course leader this year. He has been a regular guest tutor in the past and his classes are always insightful and fascinating for participants and audience alike. Today’s guest tutor is the renowned accompanist Andrew West. Click here to find out more and download an application form&nbs...

7:00 PM

Shostakovich 'Seven Poems of Alexander Blok' & Britten 'The Poet's Echo'

21 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Joan Rodgers (soprano) The Phoenix Piano Trio: Jonathan Stone (violin) / Marie McLeod (cello) / Sholto Kynoch (piano) Pre-concert talk at 7.00 by Philip Bullock free to all ticket-holders Joan Rodgers is known as one of the foremost interpreters of Russian repertoire and tonight she performs Britten’s only work in Russian as well as the remarkable settings of Alexander Blok by Brit...

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

9:00 AM

Master Course Day Three

22 Oct 2013 09:00 | The North Wall

Course Leader: Roger Vignoles Guest Tutor: John Mark Ainsley We are delighted to welcome Roger Vignoles as course leader this year. He has been a regular guest tutor in the past and his classes are always insightful and fascinating for participants and audience alike. Today’s guest tutor is the tenor John Mark Ainsley. Click here to find out more and download an application form 

7:00 PM

Schubert settings of Mayrhofer

22 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone) Imogen Cooper (piano) Pre-concert talk at 7.00pm by Laura Tunbridge free to ticket-holders Simply an unmissable concert. This long-established duo perform settings of Mayrhofer, Schubert’s close friend and second only to Goethe in sheer volume of poems set by the great composer. Wolfgang Holzmair's extraordinary understanding and delivery of texts alwa...

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

9:00 AM

Master Course Day Four

23 Oct 2013 09:00 | The North Wall

Course Leader: Roger Vignoles Guest Tutor: Wolfgang Holzmair We are delighted to welcome Roger Vignoles as course leader this year. He has been a regular guest tutor in the past and his classes are always insightful and fascinating for participants and audience alike. Today’s guest tutor is the baritone and lieder expert Wolfgang Holzmair. Click here to find out more and download an a...

4:45 PM

Oxford Lieder Young Artists Recital II

23 Oct 2013 16:45 | Holywell Music Room

Rosalind Coad (soprano) & Gregory Drott (piano) Joint winners of the 2013 Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist Platform, soprano Rosalind Coad and pianist Gregory Drott present a programme that includes songs by Schubert and Schumann, along with Britten's On This Island and Fish on the Unruffled Lakes. PROGRAMME:   Benjamin Britten On This Island i. Let the f...

7:00 PM

Britten,'The Holy Sonnets of John Donne' & Songs by Purcell, Beethoven & Brahms

23 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Toby Spence (tenor) Julian Milford (piano) Britten – The Holy Sonnets of John Donne Songs by Purcell, Beethoven and Brahms Pre-concert talk given by Ian Partridge at 7.00pm free to ticket-holders Toby Spence is one of the foremost British singers today. He and pianist Julian Milford perform Britten’s remarkable settings of John Donne: written in 1945 after Britten and Yehudi ...

Thursday 24th October 2013

12:10 PM

Oxford Lieder Young Artists Recital III

24 Oct 2013 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Kangmin Justin Kim (counter-tenor) & Sachika Taniyama (piano) Songs by Schubert, Poulenc and Warlock. Schubert’s magisterial settings of Heine (from Schwanengseang) are at the heart of this programme, given by astonishing Korean counter-tenor Justin Kim, who was a clear winner at this year’s Young Artist Platform with pianist Sachika Taniyama. PROGRAMME: Peter Warlock (18...

7:00 PM

Master Course Participants' Recital

24 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Participants from the 2013 Oxford Lieder Master Course Devised and introduced by Roger Vignoles, who gives a pre-concert talk at 7.00pm, free to ticket-holders The exceptional students from this year’s Master Course give their final concert, always a highlight of the Festival. A perfect concert for those who have followed the progress of the students over the week and for anyone wishin...

Friday 25th October 2013

12:10 PM

Lunchtime Recital: Students from the Royal College of Music

25 Oct 2013 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Students from the Royal College of Music Nick Pritchard (tenor), Nicholas Morton (baritone) & Ian Tindale (piano) Three star students from the Royal College of Music perform songs by Britten, Schubert and Schumann in the last of this year's lunchtime concerts. PROGRAMME: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)   From Die schöne Müllerin   1. D...

2:15 PM

FIlm screening: Tony Palmer's Nocturne (introduced by the director)

25 Oct 2013 14:15 | Phoenix Picturehouse

PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE OF DATE FOR THIS EVENT. Due to emergency repairs to the roof of the Phoenix Picturehouse, this event has been moved to Friday 25th October. If you've already bought a ticket, the Phoenix should be in touch to offer a refund or a transfer to the new date. This event is still included in the Week One Pass, and will now be offered to Week Two Pass holders as well. T...

2:15 PM

Film screening: Tony Palmer's Nocturne (introduced by the director)

25 Oct 2013 14:15 | Phoenix Picturehouse

Tony Palmer's films about Benjamin Britten have been widely acclaimed and we are delighted to host a screening of his latest film,Nocturne. Tony Palmer will introduce the film, which examines Britten's uneasy relationship with the wider world and his role as a creative artist in such a world. Please note that advance tickets can only be purchased directly from the Phoenix Picture...

7:00 PM

Songs by Mahler, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schubert

25 Oct 2013 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Christoph Pregardien (tenor) Roger Vignoles (piano) Pre-concert talk by Richard Stokes at 7.00pm free to all ticket-holders Two of the world’s best-known artists join forces for a recital that includes Mahler songs from the collection of folk poetry “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” and Schubert’s late settings of Ernst Schulze, alongside works by Brahms and Mendelssohn. Roge...

Saturday 26th October 2013

10:00 AM

Masterclass for Adult Amateur Singers led by Sarah Walker

26 Oct 2013 10:00 | The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

Today we welcome the world-renowned mezzo Sarah Walker CBE who will give a public masterclass for adult amateur singers. Contact [email protected] for information about taking part.

4:00 PM

National Opera Studio recital

26 Oct 2013 16:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Maria Fiselier - mezzo-soprano Anthony Flaum - tenor* Jesse Wong - piano *Luis Gomes is indisposed. He will be replaced in today's concert by Anthony Flaum. As part of our recently established partnership with the National Opera Studio we welcome three of their current trainees for a rare song recital celebrating 200 years since the birth of Wagner and Verdi. Both composers are justl...