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2012 Festival

12th - 27th October 2012

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

Friday 12th October 2012

12:30 PM

Schools' Project Concert

12 Oct 2012 12:30 | Ashmolean Museum

Oxford Lieder's annual workshops in local schools consistently bring out a remarkable level of creativity and skill from the young people involved. This year, pupils from two primary schools in Kidlington will visit the Ashmolean Museum and create songs based on what they see there, as well as giving a performance in the Museum as the opening event of the 2012 Oxford Lieder Festival. Come a...

Saturday 13th October 2012

3:30 PM

Spanish Songs with Guitar

13 Oct 2012 15:30 | Worcester College Chapel

In preparation for our evening of Wolf’s exquisite settings of Spanish poetry, we welcome the stunning soprano Christina Haldane with guitarist Ahmed Dickinson in a programme of vibrant Spanish songs. After the one-hour concert we move to Al-Andalus on Little Clarendon Street, Oxford's finest Spanish restaurant, for an informal supper of tapas and Spanish wines. Please note that this...

7:00 PM

Hugo Wolf: Spanisches Liederbuch Part I

13 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Amanda Glauert Oxford Lieder’s unique survey of the complete songs of Hugo Wolf continues with one of his greatest collections, the “Spanish Songbook” (part one tonight, part two on Monday 15th). A world-class team of singers – including the soprano Birgid Steinberger, who stunned our audience at the opening concert of the 2011 Fest...

Sunday 14th October 2012

2:00 PM

Part Songs

14 Oct 2012 14:00 | Holywell Music Room

Festival Chorus led by Jonathan Williams Our Festival Chorus gives a short performance of part songs, including works by Schubert and Elgar, directed by conductor Jonathan Williams. A chance to hear some wonderful and unusual repertoire, free of charge. Interested in taking part? For the first time, Oxford Lieder is offering a short course for singers of all levels. Workshops will take pla...

3:00 PM

“When Yesterday We Met...” An interactive, narrated recital

14 Oct 2012 15:00 | Holywell Music Room

Sophie Danemen (soprano), Philip Smith (baritone) and Dominic Harlan (piano) Devised, directed and presented by Dominic Harlan ‘I would never, ever have believed that hardcore song repertoire could be conveyed so powerfully and enjoyably to an audience of children. An unmitigated triumph of the imagination’.
(Ian Bostridge) From fairy tales and Greek myths to tales of the extrao...

7:00 PM

Florian Boesch & Malcolm Martineau

14 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Richard Wigmore Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin This concert needs little introduction: two of the world's finest artists perform one of the pinnacles of the song repertoire. This Schubert cycle is always a highlight of the Festival, and two such renowned musicians make this an unmissable concert. Book tickets for this recit...

Monday 15th October 2012

7:00 PM

Hugo Wolf: Spanisches Liederbuch Part II

15 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Richard Wigmore The conclusion of Wolf’s wonderful collection of Spanish folk poetry, performed by an exceptional team of singers. The ten sacred and 34 secular songs of the Spanisches Liederbuch were written in between October 1889 and April 1890 and stand alongside the Italienisches Liederbuch and Mörike Lieder as representative of this gr...

Tuesday 16th October 2012

12:10 PM

Lunch with Schumann

16 Oct 2012 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Holly Marie Bingham (soprano), Henrik Zwart (baritone), César Vallejo (piano) For the first of our ever-popular lunchtime concerts, we welcome three outstanding musicians from the GSMD, in an attractive programme of Schumann songs. These concerts have regularly been the first appearance of artists who are now well-known professionals; come and spot these future stars, while enjoying so...

7:00 PM

Sophie Daneman, Christopher Purves & Simon Lepper

16 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Gavin Plumley Songs by Purcell, Debussy and Schumann Baritone Christopher Purves is a regular on the world’s major opera stages and we are delighted to welcome him to the Festival for the first time, joined by Oxford Lieder favourite Sophie Daneman and renowned pianist Simon Lepper. They present a varied programme of songs and duets by Purcell, ...

Wednesday 17th October 2012

12:10 PM

Songs of Spring: A Tribute to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

17 Oct 2012 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Sofia Larsson (soprano), Andri Bjorn Robertsson (bass-baritone), Finnegan Downie Dear (piano), Manon Ablett (piano) Some of the RAM’s finest students present a programme dedicated to the legendary baritone Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, a towering influence on the singing world, who died this year. Introduced by Richard Stokes. Please note that this recital will last for approximately fifty ...

1:30 PM

Masterclass for non-professional singers

17 Oct 2012 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

Sophie Daneman gives a masterclass, open to the public, for enthusiastic non-professional singers and pianists. Anyone interested in taking part should email [email protected] or call 07790 956657.

7:00 PM

Sónia Grané, Victor Sicard, Edwige Herchenroder & Anna Cardona

17 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Helen Abbott Songs and duets by Debussy, Fauré and Brahms The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform was launched last year, and attracted some extremely impressive talent. Our two winning duos, both exceptional, from 2011 come together to give what is sure to be a memorable recital, featuring songs and duets by Brahms, Debussy, Duparc and others....

Thursday 18th October 2012

12:10 PM

Lunch with Schumann II (Royal College of Music)

18 Oct 2012 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Hannah Sandison (soprano), Morgan Pearse (baritone) & Amit Yahav (piano) Exceptional young artists from the Royal College of Music continue our lunchtime series with songs and duets by Robert Schumann. Please note that this recital will last for approximately fifty minutes and there will be no interval. Book tickets for this recital. PROGRAMME: Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Nur wer di...

1:30 PM

Masterclass given by James Gilchrist

18 Oct 2012 13:30 | The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

Renowned tenor James Gilchrist gives a public masterclass, working with talented students from Oxford University's Faculty of Music. All are welcome to observe.

7:00 PM

Robert Murray & Andrew West

18 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): 'Artist Conversation with Robert Murray and Andrew West' Janáček: The Diary of One Who Disappeared & Schumann: Dichterliebe Robert Murray is one of the UK’s most exciting young tenors, gathering an equally impressive reputation in the fields of both song and opera. He is joined by acclaimed pianist Andrew West to perform Janáček’...

Friday 19th October 2012

4:45 PM

2012 Young Artist Platform Winners

19 Oct 2012 16:45 | Holywell Music Room

Lucy Hall (soprano) & Gavin Roberts (piano) The winners of this year’s Young Artist Platform, which attracted an exceptional level of applicant, perform at the Festival. In some ways the pinnacle of Oxford Lieder’s commitment to emerging talent, this is a “must-hear” occasion, showcasing the future ambassadors of song. Lucy Hall and Gavin Roberts gave a superlative...

7:00 PM

James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook

19 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Ian Partridge Songs by Purcell, Ravel, Schubert, Bernstein and Britten James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook’s performances for the Oxford Lieder Festival are always sell-out events, and tonight is sure to be no exception.  They present a selection of Purcell, Ravel and Schubert alongside Bernstein’s humorous cycle La bonne Cuisine and Br...

9:00 PM

Raphaela Papadakis, Wolfgang Holzmair & Sholto Kynoch

19 Oct 2012 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Songs and duets by Schumann and Cornelius An exceptional young soprano and a world-renowned baritone join forces in the magical setting of New College Ante-Chapel, presenting little-known duets by the romantic composer Peter Cornelius (1824–1874), as well as some enchanting Schumann songs. Please note that this recital will last for approximately one hour and there will be no inte...

Saturday 20th October 2012

10:30 AM

Ireland & Beethoven Piano Trios

20 Oct 2012 10:30 | Holywell Music Room

Jonathan Stone (violin), Marie Macleod (cello) & Sholto Kynoch (piano) The Phoenix Piano Trio begin our day of English music with a performance of John Ireland’s magnificent third trio, as well as Beethoven’s ever-popular “Ghost” Trio. Please note that this recital will last for approximately one hour and there will be no interval. This concert is generously suppo...

1:00 PM

Stuart Jackson, Johnny Herford & William Vann

20 Oct 2012 13:00 | Holywell Music Room

A.E. Housman: A Shropshire Lad and other songs The second concert in our day of English song focuses on the many and varied settings of A.E. Housman, presented by three outstanding young artists. Music by Butterworth, Berkely, Somervell, Gurney, Ireand and others is interspersed with readings. Please note that this recital will last for approximately one hour and there will be no inte...

4:00 PM

Jonathan McGovern & Sholto Kynoch

20 Oct 2012 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

Baritone Jonathan McGovern won 2nd Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales Ozone Young Artists Competition 2011, since which time he has gone from strength to strength. He makes his first appearance at Oxford Lieder, accompanied by Sholto Kynoch in a programme of English song focussing on the many and varied settings of Shakespeare. Please note t...

7:00 PM

Lucy Crowe & Anna Tilbrook

20 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Roderick Swanston Songs of London: Mendelssohn, Haydn, Walton and others Star soprano Lucy Crowe returns to the Festival with an intriguing programme based around London; songs written in the city, about it, and for it. William Walton’s Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table, one of the highlights of 20th-century English song, is complemented by ...

9:00 PM

John Mark Ainsley, Victoria Newlyn & Iain Burnside

20 Oct 2012 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

"Talking to Hardy": a sequence of songs and poems devised by Iain Burnside Based on Gerald Finzi's song cycle A Young Man's Exhortation John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Victoria Newlyn (actor) and Iain Burnside (piano) Renowned pianist, broadcaster and now writer-director, Iain Burnside presents a fascinating look at Gerald Finzi and Thomas Hardy through a perform...

Sunday 21st October 2012

4:00 PM

Kitty Whately performs Wolf, Debussy and Schumann

21 Oct 2012 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

Robert Schumann Frauenliebe und -leben Mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately first appeared at the 2010 Lieder Festival in an RCM lunchtime concert, and not long after this went on to win the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards. She and pianist Gamal Khamis present Schumann’s touching cycle of “A woman’s life and love”, as well as songs by Debussy and Wolf. Kitty is also joine...

7:00 PM

Winterreise with Matthew Hargreaves and Sholto Kynoch

21 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Laura Tunbridge Franz Schubert: Winterreise Schubert’s Winterreise is a staple highlight of every Lieder Festival, and is performed tonight by exceptional baritone Matthew Hargreaves, who gives his debut performance at the Festival. Book tickets for this recital.

Monday 22nd October 2012

7:00 PM

Robert Holl and Rudolf Jansen

22 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Philip Bullock Robert Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39 and Russian songs Internationally renowned bass-baritone Robert Holl is one of the most celebrated lieder singers in the world. He makes his first visit to the Oxford Lieder Festival for this recital, joined by the equally renowned pianist Rudolf Jansen. They perform Schumann’s Liederkreis ...

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

7:00 PM

Katarina Karnéus and Joseph Middleton

23 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Richard Stokes Songs by Delius, Strauss, Schumann and Sibelius Katarina Karnéus makes a much-anticipated return to the Festival with emerging-star pianist Joseph Middleton. Their programme includes much-loved Scandinavian repertoire, alongside songs by Frederick Delius – 150 years after his birth – and Gounod, Strauss and Saint-Sa&e...

Wednesday 24th October 2012

12:10 PM

Lunch with Schubert

24 Oct 2012 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Students from the Royal Northern College of Music For the fourth concert of our lunchtime series in partnership  with the UK’s leading conservatoires, we welcome three young artists from the Royal Northern College of Music, performing a programme of Schubert songs. Please note that this recital will last for approximately fifty minutes and there will be no interval. Book tickets f...

7:00 PM

Sarah Connolly, Philip Dukes & Eugene Asti

24 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Richard Stokes Brahms Viola Songs and transcriptions and songs by Mendelssohn Sarah Connolly is acknowledged as one of the world’s great singers. She is joined by two other internationally-renowned artists in a programme including Brahms’ lovely songs with viola, a selection of Mendelssohn lieder and some songs arranged for viola and piano...

Thursday 25th October 2012

10:00 AM

Composition Workshop

25 Oct 2012 10:00 | Holywell Music Room

Joint event with the Faculty of Music. Professors from the University of Oxford's Music Faculty will lead a workshop for emerging composers, focusing on works for the voice and the challenges and rewards which can be found therein.

7:00 PM

Master Course Participants' Concert

25 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

N.B. There will be no pre-concert talk before this concert. Programme devised by Wolfgang Holzmair Always a memorable occasion, this concert showcases the exceptional young artists who have attended this Master Course. Their intensive week of study leads to extraordinary results, and anyone who has followed the progress of these emerging stars will vouch for the concert as a Festival highligh...

Friday 26th October 2012

12:10 PM

2012 Young Artist Platform Winners II

26 Oct 2012 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Alison Rose (soprano) & Matthew Fletcher (piano) The joint runners up of this year’s Young Artist Platform, which attracted an exceptional level of applicant, perform at the Festival. In some ways the pinnacle of Oxford Lieder’s commitment to emerging talent, this is a “must-hear” occasion, showcasing the future ambassadors of song. Please note that this recital wi...

7:00 PM

Alice Coote & Julius Drake

26 Oct 2012 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk given by Martin Ennis Songs by Hahn, Poulenc and Fauré Alice Coote is an international star, hailed the world over. With Festival favourite Julius Drake, she presents a delightful programme of French song. Early booking is strongly recommended for this concert. Book tickets for this recital.   PROGRAMME Gabriel Fauré Poèmes d&r...

Saturday 27th October 2012

11:00 AM

Bring & Sing

27 Oct 2012 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Anyone is welcome to apply for a place to come and perform songs of their choice in the historic Holywell Music Room. Duos are especially welcome, but a pianist will also be available. For information on taking part, email [email protected] or call 07790 956657.

4:00 PM

2012 Young Artist Platform Winners III

27 Oct 2012 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

Rozanna Madylus (mezzo-soprano) & Finnegan Downie Dear (piano) Runner-up in this year’s Young Artist Platform, this young duo perform at the festival for the first time. In some ways the pinnacle of Oxford Lieder’s commitment to emerging talent, this is a “must-hear” occasion, showcasing future ambassadors for song. Please note that this recital will last for appro...