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2011 Festival: 10 Year Anniversary

14th - 29th October 2011

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

Friday 14th October 2011

12:30 PM

Schools' Project Concert

14 Oct 2011 12:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This year's School's Project takes place in three schools in Woodstock. Our experienced workshop leaders bring song to life, engaging students in music and poetry, composition and writing. This showcase of their work is unfailingly impressive. The final concert is open to all, free of charge; do come and hear for yourself the remarkable achievements of these young people. Generou...

3:30 PM

Outdoor Part Songs on Radcliffe Square

14 Oct 2011 15:30 | TBC

Glorious part songs by Schumann, Grieg and others bring the festival to the city on our opening day, led by one of Oxford's leading conductors. Our chorus will assemble in Radcliffe Square, with the stunning backdrop of the Radcliffe Camera (or the Holywell Music Room in the case of rain) and the event will last for roughly half an hour. Drop by for any or all of it!

7:00 PM

Birgid Steinberger, Graham Johnson & Joy Farrall

14 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Natasha Loges (free) Our Schubert Weekend, covers every song from Die schöne Müllerin of 1823 to his death in 1828. We begin with three exceptional artists and a wonderful programme. Birgid Steinberger is one of Austria’s leading recitalists and has performed on all the major international stages. She is joined by Graham Johnson, conside...

Saturday 15th October 2011

10:30 AM

Songs by Franz Schubert (Kargl/ Kynoch)

15 Oct 2011 10:30 | Holywell Music Room

This outstanding young baritone last appeared at the Lieder Festival in 2006 and has since gone from strength to strength, most recently performing Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder in the Berliner Philharmonie. His programme includes settings of Mayrhofer, Scott, Leitner and Schiller. The Schubert weekend features every song Schubert wrote from Die schöne Müllerin in 1823 to the end ...

1:30 PM

Songs by Franz Schubert (Binon / Lock)

15 Oct 2011 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

Lore Binon and Cecily Lock attended last year’s Master Course, led by Ian Partridge, and gave a stunning performance as part of the participants’ concert. They continue our Schubert weekend with settings of Schlechta, Scott, Seidl, Mayrhofer, Schulze, Leitner and others. The Schubert weekend features every song Schubert wrote from Die schöne Müllerin in 1823 to the end of...

4:00 PM

Schubert - Winterreise

15 Oct 2011 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

Gary Griffiths won the prestigious Guildhall Gold Medal in 2009 and upon graduation from the Guildhall was immediately appointed an Associate Artist at Welsh National Opera. He performs 24 of the greatest songs ever written; Schubert's settings of poems by Wilhelm Müller following a young man wandering in despair - his Winter Journey. The Schubert weekend features every song Sch...

7:00 PM

Songs by Franz Schubert (Papadakis / Simmonds / Spence / Stone / Kynoch)

15 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Richard Wigmore (free) Schubert wrote part songs throughout his life, with and without piano and for various combinations of voice. In this concert, four outstanding singers - an impressive quartet - join Festival director Sholto Kynoch. As an addition to the complete songs of the final five years of his life, we also include several of these works, alo...

9:00 PM

Schubert - Die schöne Müllerin

15 Oct 2011 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Marcus Farnsworth is already well-known to Oxford Lieder audiences, who first heard him before he won both the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, and the Song Prize at this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Awards. In the magical setting of New College Ante-Chapel, he and pianist Elizabeth Burgess perform Schubert’s first tragic song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin; the story o...

Sunday 16th October 2011

9:30 AM

Singing for All

16 Oct 2011 09:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Soprano Fiona Dobie leads her ever-popular workshop that is open to all, regardless of singing experience. Come and discover the voice you never knew you had, pick up tips on how to sing well, and enjoy singing wonderful harmony songs, all taught by ear. Further info: 01865 246718 / [email protected]

1:30 PM

Songs by Franz Schubert (Appl / Bartos)

16 Oct 2011 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

This outstanding duo were very highly commended by Ian and Jennifer Partridge when they auditioned recently for the new Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, particularly impressing the judges with their vivid interpretations of Schubert songs. They continue our survery of Schubert's fruitful last years with a programme including settings of Schlegel, Schober, Mayrhofer, and Schulze. ...

4:00 PM

Song by Franz Schubert (van den Berg /Greenlaw/ Ruszczynski)

16 Oct 2011 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

While still students at the Guildhall, this duo gave an extremely impressive lunchtime recital at the Festival in 2007. Since then they have both secured reputations as outstanding emerging artists and it is a pleasure to welcome them back. Their programme includes settings of Scott, Schütz, Seidl, Leitner and Mayrhofer. The Schubert weekend features every song Schubert wrote from D...

7:00 PM

Franz Schubert: Schwanengesang

16 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: pre-concert talk given by Richard Wigmore (free) Our Schubert weekend concludes with Schubert’s “Swan song”, a collection of settings of Heine and Rellstab, put together by his publisher after his death. Schwanengesang contains some of Schubert's finest songs, including the dramatic "Der Atlas" and extraordinarily haunting "Der Doppelgänger&quo...

Monday 17th October 2011

12:10 PM

Lunchtime with RNCM students

17 Oct 2011 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Three outstanding students from the Royal Northern College of Music begin our lunchtime concert series, always an ideal interlude to the day, as well as a chance to hear the stars of the future. They perform Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, some Brahms duets, and prepare us for the evening Mahler recital with his Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, sung in this instance by mezzo-soprano Sa...

1:30 PM

Masterclass given by Sophie Daneman

17 Oct 2011 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

Sophie Daneman is a consummate performer and has given numerous recitals for Oxford Lieder, most recently recording the first volume in our complete Wolf edition. She works with singers and pianists from the Music Faculty at the University of Oxford, helping them to bring song to life. Open to the public, free of charge.

7:00 PM

Wolfgang Holzmair & Joseph Middleton

17 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: pre-concert talk given by Richard Stokes (free) Wolfang Holzmair’s appearances at the Festival are always memorable occasions and tonight will be no exception. With emerging star pianist Joseph Middleton, he presents a programme of Mahler songs, focussing on the settings of Des Knaben Wunderhorn but also including the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and a selection of the R&uu...

Tuesday 18th October 2011

10:00 AM

The Wagner Effect - TALK ONE

18 Oct 2011 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Two study-days exploring Wagner and his influence on song in the late 19th Century. Talk one given by Roderick Swanston Renowned speaker Roderick Swanston begins our two-day study event with a talk putting the Wagner-Liszt-Wolf circle in context: LISZT, WAGNER, WOLF AND THE 'MUSIC OF THE FUTURE' Lizst, Wagner, their pupils and followers put the cat amongst the pigeons...

12:10 PM

Piano Recital: Martin Sturfält plays Mozart, Wolf & Liszt

18 Oct 2011 12:10 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This renowned Swedish pianist makes a welcome return to the Festival in a programme that highlights the late 19th-century fascination with Wagner. Wolf’s early paraphrases are almost never performed and cast a new light on this composer. Also included are works by Liszt; his remarkable transcription of the Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and his distinctly operatic Vall&e...

2:30 PM

The Wagner Effect - TALK TWO

18 Oct 2011 14:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Two study-days exploring Wagner and his influence on song in the late 19th Century. Talk two given by Gulliver Ralston 'Wagner and the World of Dreams' In this session we will investigate Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and their relationship with Tristan und Isolde and his essay Beethoven (1870).  What is the philosophy behind these ...

7:00 PM

Hugo Wolf, performed by Mary Bevan, Quirijn de Lang & Sholto Kynoch

18 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Pre-concert talk at 7pm given by Amanda Glauert (free). Our survey of every song Wolf wrote, all of which are being recorded for release on “Oxford Lieder Live”, continues with a number of early, rarely-heard songs, showing the composer finding his own, unique voice, as well as his better-known settings of Keller and Ibsen. Mary Bevan is a true rising star on the UK music...

Wednesday 19th October 2011

10:00 AM

The Wagner Effect - TALK THREE

19 Oct 2011 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

  Two study-days exploring Wagner and his influence on song in the late 19th Century. Talk three given by Amanda Glauert   "Il faut méditerraniser la musique: Wolf’s response to Wagner in song" Through his short but intense composing life Wolf travelled from being one of Wagner’s most faithful adherents to being one of his most perce...

12:10 PM

Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder and songs by Strauss & Wolf

19 Oct 2011 12:10 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

PLEASE NOTE: Julia Sporsén has replaced Louise Alder. The programme remains unchanged Although he had a huge influence on the songwriters of his day and beyond, Wagner himself wrote few songs. Of these, by far the best known are his settings of Mathilde Wesendonck; five songs that show the composer working at small scale to great effect. Songs by Strauss and Wolf also complement the Wa...

2:30 PM

The Wagner Effect - TALK FOUR

19 Oct 2011 14:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Two study-days exploring Wagner and his influence on song in the late 19th Century. Talk four given by Natasha Loges Wagner and the 'Music of the Past' Wagner is rightly heralded as a musical revolutionary, who synthesized various arts in order to create a new way of composing opera. But all innovation rests on the past, a fact Wagner was unwilling to acknowledge in his a...

7:00 PM

Liszt songs: Dorottya Lang & Julius Drake

19 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

DUE TO ILLNESS THE PEFORMERS FOR THIS RECITAL HAVE CHANGED. If you have already booked tickets and would like to discuss the change, please call Tickets Oxford on 01865 305305 or Oxford Lieder on 07817 927168. In his bicentenary, we celebrate Liszt’s remarkable contribution to the song repertoire, which is often overlooked when cast alongside his epic reputation as a pianist and co...

Thursday 20th October 2011

12:10 PM

Oxford Lieder Young Artists recital

20 Oct 2011 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

11.45am: Pre-concert talk given by Dr Helen Abbott (details below) This outstanding young duo greatly impressed the panel - Ian and Jennifer Partridge - when they auditioned for the new Young Artist Platform, and were awarded second prize. Their French songs stood out in particular, and today they perform songs by Fauré and Duparc, alongside Ravel’s Don Quichotte and Histoires ...

7:00 PM

Florian Boesch & Roger Vignoles: Songs by Loewe, Schubert and Mahler

20 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Richard Stokes (free) Florian Boesch makes a much-anticipated return to the Lieder Festival, after his memorable Winterreise in 2008. On this visit, with pianist Roger Vignoles, he again brings songs by Schubert, a composer with whom he is particularly associated. They also perform a selection of songs by Carl Loewe, a composer enjoying an overdue revival; a cont...

Friday 21st October 2011

1:30 PM

Masterclass given by Håkan Hagegård

21 Oct 2011 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

Håkan Hagegård, although now retired from the concert platform, in one of the world's best-known singers. He is in great demand as a teacher and it is a privilege to welcome him to the Lieder Festival to work with some talented young singers. The Swedish Weekend would not be possible without the very generous support of: Musik I Syd, the Embassy of Sweden, Gehrmans Musikf&o...

7:00 PM

Aurora Orchestra, Ida Falk Winland & Njabulo Madlala

21 Oct 2011 19:00 | University Church of St Mary the Virgin

7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Martin Ennis (free) Oxford Lieder makes its first foray into orchestral lieder with the Aurora Orchestra, recent winner in the Ensemble category at this year’s RPS Awards and one of the country’s most exciting chamber orchestras. They perform the chamber version of two of Mahler’s great works with Njabulo Madlala, winner of the 2010 Kathleen Fe...

Saturday 22nd October 2011

9:00 AM

An Introduction to Singing in Swedish

22 Oct 2011 09:00 | Holywell Music Room

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN THE HOLYWELL MUSIC ROOM Come and find out more about the rich tradition of Swedish song. Bo Skarström (University of Stockholm) and mexxo Mae Heydorn demonstrate principles of pronunciation and singing in Swedish, with repertoire suggestions and an introduction to the history of singing in Swedish. ...

11:00 AM

Ida Falk Winland, Håkan Vramsmo & Matti Hirvonen

22 Oct 2011 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THIS CONCERT: DUE TO A PROBLEM WITH THE PIANO AT THE JACQUELINE DU PRE MUSIC BUILDING, THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE HOLYWELL MUSIC ROOM Three of Sweden's leading musicians present a varied programme of Swedish song, following on from our general introduction to this repertoire, as well as works by Poulenc and Strauss. We are delighted to welcome b...

12:00 PM

Swedish lunch, hosted by the Swedish Embassy

22 Oct 2011 12:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Our weekend celebration of Swedish culture would not be complete without a "Smörgåsbord", the traditional festive meal. Tickets £20 incl. a glass of wine (not included in the festival pass or Week pass).

2:00 PM

Ingmar Bergman's - The Magic Flute: screening + Q&A with Håkan Hagegård

22 Oct 2011 14:00 | Phoenix Picturehouse

TICKETS ON SALE NOW We are delighted to be able to screen Ingmar Bergman's famous film version of Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Phoenix Picture House on Walton Street. Håkan Hagegård, who starred as Papageno (a role that launched his career) will attend the screening and be part of a Q+A at the end. He also gives a master class on Friday 21st (click here). Tickets are on...

7:00 PM

Anna Larsson & Matti Hirvonen

22 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Daniel Grimley (free) Songs by Rangström, Nystroem, Mahler & Strauss Carin Bartosch Edström – Four Nocturnal Songs (WORLD PREMIERE) Anna Larsson is described as having “overwhelming breadth, warmth and sensitivity” (Financial Times).  She is joined by Sweden’s leading accompanist, Matti Hivornen. Their programme includ...

9:00 PM

Susanna Andersson & Sholto Kynoch

22 Oct 2011 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Renowned Swedish soprano Susanna Andersson brings a diverse programme of songs by Alfvén, Stenhammar, and Peterson-Berger, as well as a selection of Liszt songs in celebration of his 200th birthday, which falls today. She and Festival director Sholto Kynoch also perform the song-cycle Requiem by Albert Schnelzer, five poignantly moving songs written in 2004. BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT...

Sunday 23rd October 2011

9:00 AM

Master Course - DAY ONE

23 Oct 2011 09:00 | The North Wall

We are thrilled to welcome Dame Felicity Palmer, one of the world's best-known singers, to lead this year's Master Course. Nine duos, often on the verge of major careers, are resident in Oxford for the second week of the Festival, working each day with Felicity Palmer and a guest tutor. Today, Anna Larsson works with the students on Swedish songs as part of our Swedish Weekend (click he...

7:00 PM

Miah Persson & Matti Hirvonen

23 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Gavin Plumley (free) Miah Persson is in demand on all the world’s major stages, recently described in the New York Times as having a voice of "alluring bloom, penetrating warmth and allure". She draws our Swedish weekend to an impressive close with a programme of works by two of the great Swedish song composers – Rangström and Nystroem ...

Monday 24th October 2011

9:00 AM

Master Course - DAY TWO

24 Oct 2011 09:00 | The North Wall

We are thrilled to welcome Dame Felicity Palmer to lead this year's Master Course. Nine duos are resident in Oxford for the second week of the Festival, working each day with Felicity Palmer and a guest tutor. For the second day of classes, we welcome Julius Drake, one of the world's leading accompanists. All sessions are open to the public and provide an endlessly fascinating insigh...

12:10 PM

Lunchtime with GSMD students

24 Oct 2011 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Three extremely talented young musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama perform a programme of Schumann songs, including the ever-popular Frauenliebe und -leben and the Liederkreis Op. 24 (Heine). BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT PROGRAMME: Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856): Liederkreis, Op. 24 Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

7:00 PM

Sir Thomas Allen & Joseph Middleton

24 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk given by John Warren (free) Schumann – Dichterliebe Songs by Poulenc and Ravel Sir Thomas Allen has been patron of Oxford Lieder since its inception in 2002 and we are abolultely thrilled to welcome him once more to give a recital for us in our tenth year. Joined by pianist Joseph Middleton he performs Schumann’s best-known song cycle, Dichterliebe, a s...

Tuesday 25th October 2011

9:00 AM

Master Course - DAY THREE

25 Oct 2011 09:00 | The North Wall

We are thrilled to welcome Dame Felicity Palmer, one of the world's best-known singers, to lead this year's Master Course. Nine duos, often on the verge of major careers, are resident in Oxford for the second week of the Festival, working each day with Felicity Palmer and a guest tutor. The last day of public coaching features star accompanist Roger Vignoles as guest tutor. Don't ...

7:00 PM

James Gilchrist, Anna Tilbrook & the Barbirolli Quartet

25 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Ian Partridge CBE (free) Fauré, Britten, and Charlotte Bray’s Verre de Venise James Gilchrist’s performances at the Lieder Festival are always sell-out events, thanks to his unique skills of communication and outstanding singing. Tonight will be no exception as he performs Fauré’s great cycle La bonne Chanson, in its r...

Wednesday 26th October 2011

12:10 PM

Lunchtime with RCM students

26 Oct 2011 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Three of the Royal College of Music's finest students present a programme that includes Dos Poemas de Amor by our Composer in Residence, Charlotte Bray. These two songs are settings of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and were written in 2007. BOOK TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT Franz Schubert Ganymed Fanny Mendelssohn Nach Süden           &...

7:00 PM

Master Course Participants' Concert

26 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Since the first year of the master course back in 2007, the standard of participant has also led to a realisation that this really is a chance to hear the stars of tomorrow. Nine outstanding duos perform repertoire that they have worked on with Felicity Palmer and the various guest tutors over the previous five days. Dame Felicity Palmer, who gave an unforgettable recital at last year’s F...

Thursday 27th October 2011

12:10 PM

Lunchtime with RAM students

27 Oct 2011 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Three superb students from the Royal Academy of Music perform an inventive programme of ballads by Loewe, Liszt, Schubert and Schumann, interspersed with selections of Brahms’ delightful arrangements of folk songs. PROGRAMME Carl Loewe (1796-1869) Die wandelnde Glocke                     ...

1:30 PM

Composition Workshop

27 Oct 2011 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

We are delighted to continue our relationship with the University’s Music Faculty, which began last year with a fascinating workshop on student compositions. This year, Professor Robert Saxton is joined by our “Composer in Residence”, Charlotte Bray, to hear and discuss new works for voice written by current students. Offering a fascinating insight for those with an int...

7:00 PM

Roderick Williams & Andrew West

27 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Elgar - Sea Pictures Fauré – Mirages Vaughan Williams – Willow Wood Charlotte Bray – World Premiere, commissioned by Oxford Lieder with generous support from the PRS for Music Foundation: WOMEN MAKE MUSIC and trufflehunter.   7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Gavin Plumley (free) Roderick Williams is always a favourite of Oxford Lieder audiences as well a...

Friday 28th October 2011

12:10 PM

Oxford Lieder Young Artists recital

28 Oct 2011 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

This Portuguese soprano and French pianist were clear winners at the auditions for the new Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Still students at the Royal Academy of Music, they presented a performance that showed them both as already consummate artists. They present a varied programme, including songs by Fauré, Strauss and Rodrigo, that will be a highlight of a superb lunchtime series....

1:30 PM

Masterclass for non-professional singers

28 Oct 2011 13:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Henry Herford 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 201941 for more details.

7:00 PM

Felicity Lott & Christoph Denoth

28 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Richard Stokes (free) Felicity Lott needs no introduction as one of the world’s favourite singers. Christoph Denoth is a leading exponent of the guitar as an accompanying instrument for songs. There is plenty of evidence that Schubert accompanied himself on the guitar, and these two artists explore this sound world tonight in what is sure to be an unf...

9:00 PM

Late-night concert: Rhona McKail & Yshani Perinpanayagam

28 Oct 2011 21:00 | Holywell Music Room

The last of our late-night concerts is also the last of our concerts featuring the work of exceptional young composer Charlotte Bray, this year's Composer in Residence. Tonight we hear Midnight Closes, a work that has already brought her much kudos, with good cause. Other modern and contemporary composers feature too, including works by the fascinating Lord Berners, performed by two excepti...

Saturday 29th October 2011

11:00 AM

Bring & Sing

29 Oct 2011 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

This popular event was initiated last year. Anyone is welcome to apply for a place, and 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, email [email protected] or call 07790 201941.

1:30 PM

Goethe's West-Eastern Divan

29 Oct 2011 13:30 | Holywell Music Room

Goethe’s great collection of love poems inspired by the Persian poet Hafiz is brought to life in settings by composers from Brahms and Schumann to Beamish and Szymanowski. The concert is devised by Iranian pianist Sanaz Sotoudeh and some of Hafiz’s verses will also be read in the original Persian. The concert will be introduced by Sanaz Sotoudeh and Richard Stokes. BOOK TICKETS FOR...

7:00 PM

Sarah Connolly & Eugene Asti

29 Oct 2011 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Songs by Clara & Robert Schumann, and Alma & Gustav Mahler 7pm: Pre-concert talk given by Richard Wigmore (free) Sarah Connolly is a true international star, hailed in concert halls the world over for her exceptional voice and remarkable presence. We are thrilled to welcome her back to the Festival with renowned pianist Eugene Asti. They present a programme of Clara & Robert Schum...