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2010 Festival

15th - 30th October 2010

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

Friday 15th October 2010

1:00 PM

Schools' Project Concert

15 Oct 2010 13:00 | Ashmolean Museum

This year’s project has seen our workshop leaders, John Barber and Sophie Grimmer, in three schools; Walllingford Secondary School, St Laurence CE Primary (Warborough) and Brightwell CE Primary (Wallingford). The music in this afternoon's concert was inspired by a trip to the Ashmolean Museum and developed as a response to items seen there.  It is wonderful that we are able to...

4:00 PM

Celebratory Partsongs

15 Oct 2010 16:00 | Broad Street

A Festival Chorus comes together for our first Schumann event of the Festival. Many of the romantic composers wrote partsongs for all sorts of occasions, often producing wonderful and uplifting works. They are now rarely heard, but today we hear a selection of Schumann and Brahms, out on Broad Street (weather permitting - Holywell Music Room if not!) to well and truly bring the Festival to t...

Saturday 16th October 2010

9:30 AM

Singing for All

16 Oct 2010 09:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

A workshop for adults led by Fiona Dobie. Beautiful harmony songs are taught by ear, with hot tips on how to sing well. This is fun and enlightening for all singers, experienced and beginners. No previous experience is necessary, so if you've always wanted to explore your voice (and everyone has one!), do come along and try this out. The £10 participation fee includes t...

1:30 PM

Introduction to Musical Resources on the Web

16 Oct 2010 13:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Free entry. The internet has a host of musical resources, where a vast amount of information on the song repertoire can be accessed. This short (half hour) event is for those who wish to find out a bit more about these resources, with a talk and demonstration to show some of the most interesting sites.

3:00 PM

Ferrier Song Prize Winners

16 Oct 2010 15:00 | Holywell Music Room

Angela Bic – soprano Winner of the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Awards Song Prize Robin Davis – piano Winner of the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Awards Musicians Benevolent Fund Accompanist’s Prize The duo of Angela Bic and Robin Davis gave a memorable lunchtime recital at the 2008 Lieder Festival, and in 2009 they won the Song Prize and Accompanists’ Prize at the prest...

7:00 PM

Katarina Karnéus & Julius Drake

16 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk Richard Wigmore: "Scandinavian myth and landscape in the songs of Grieg, Sibelius and Rangström Sibelius is often considered a composer primarily of symphonic music, but he wrote songs throughout his life and they are a key part of his output. The same could also be said of Grieg, not least due to the fact that his wife was a singer. Since winni...

9:00 PM

Schubert: Songs with Guitar

16 Oct 2010 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Schubert was a gifted guitarist, and there is considerable evidence to support the fact that Schubert wrote many of his songs with the guitar in mind. Christoph Denoth is a world-renowned guitarist and an expert on the use of the instrument in this repertoire. He is joined by rising star Nathalie Chalkley in what is sure to be a magical evening in the atmospheric setting of New College Chape...

Sunday 17th October 2010

7:00 PM

Schubert - Winterreise

17 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE OF ARTIST Gary Griffiths has had to withdraw from this concert due to illness. We are very grateful to tenor Daniel Norman for stepping in. The programme remains unchanged. We forward to welcoming Gary to the Festival next year.   7pm: Pre-concert talk (free) Natasha Loges: "A stranger I arrived, a stranger I depart; Schubert's Winterreise&q...

Monday 18th October 2010

7:00 PM

Schubert – Schwanengesang

18 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk (free) given by Richard Stokes As part of our now annual tradition of programming all three Schubert songs cycles, emerging star Benedict Nelson performs Schwanengesang. Whilst not intended by Schubert as a complete cycle, it contains many of his finest songs including the extraordinary and haunting "Der Doppelgänger". Benedict Nelson won second ...

Tuesday 19th October 2010

12:10 PM

Lunch with Schumann I (RAM)

19 Oct 2010 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Stuart Jackson – tenor (2010 Oxford Lieder Scholar) Jocelyn Freeman – piano Our lunchtime Schumann recitals get under way with a performance from one of the Royal Academy of Music’s most exciting young singers, who was also awarded this year’s Oxford Lieder Scholarship. This is an ideal way to begin our lunchtime series, which for some years now have been a ...

7:00 PM

Schubert - Die schöne Müllerin (Lichdi / Vignoles)

19 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm: Pre-concert talk (free) Ian Partridge: "Travels with a Brook: Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin" For the last of our three concerts featuring the song cycles of Schubert, we welcome the emerging German tenor Tilman Lichdi ("Simply sensational" - Chicago Classical Review), joined by Roger Vignoles, one of the world's leading pianists. Die sc...

Wednesday 20th October 2010

4:45 PM

Rush Hour Concert 1 (Doric Quartet)

20 Oct 2010 16:45 | TBC

Schumann – String Quartet no. 1 in A minor (Op. 41, no. 1) Beethoven - String Quartet in F major (Op. 18, no. 1) The Doric String Quartet is firmly established as the finest quartet of its generation and will be “in residence” at this year’s Festival, performing Schumann’s three magnificent string quartets in three rush-hour concerts, and a concert with ...

7:00 PM

Women on the Edge (Felicity Palmer & Simon Lepper)

20 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk Roderick Swanston gives an introduction to the repertoire performed in tonight's concert One of Britain's best-loved singers, Felicity Palmer makes her first appearance at the Festival in a programme exploring "women on the edge", socially, emotionally and physically! Joined by pianist Simon Lepper, they will perform songs by a wide range ...

Thursday 21st October 2010

12:10 PM

Lunch with Schumann II (RNCM)

21 Oct 2010 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Elizabeth Skinner - soprano Joshua Friend - tenor Yasmin Rowe - piano Continuing our partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music, we welcome three of their finest students, who will continue our Schumann celebrations with a number of his lesser-known songs as well as some of the rarely-heard but delightful duets. Presented in association with the Royal Nort...

7:00 PM

Works by Schumann, Quilter & Barber. World premieres of Rorem & Hough.

21 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free) - Artist converation with members of the Prince Consort The Prince Consort: Anna Leese - soprano Jennifer Johnston - mezzo-soprano Andrew Staples - tenor Jacques Imbrailo - baritone Alisdair Hogarth - piano Schumann's two Spanish-influenced works for four voices in various combinations are among his finest writing, yet are rarely heard due to the fo...

Friday 22nd October 2010

12:10 PM

Lunch with Schumann III

22 Oct 2010 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Ines Simoes - soprano Piran Legg - baritone Jean-Yves Cornet - piano Three outstanding students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama perform Schumann's most substantial song cycle, Myrthen, his glorious wedding gift to his wife Clara. Presented in association with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama   PROGRAMME: Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) ...

7:00 PM

Hugo Wolf – The Complete Mörike Lieder, part 1

22 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk Natasha Loges: "A Perfect Marriage of Sense and Sound; Wolf's Mörike Lieder" Hugo Wolf wrote almost nothing other than songs, but the legacy he left is a rich one. His writing found its peak with his settings of the poet Eduard Mörike, often compared to Britten and Auden or Schubert and Goethe for the perfect marriage of composer a...

Saturday 23rd October 2010

10:30 AM

Bring & Sing

23 Oct 2010 10:30 | Holywell Music Room

This event encourages amateur singers and pianist or all ages to come and perform in the wonderful Holywell Music Room. If you would like to take part, please email or call us (07790 201941 / [email protected]) to reserve a place. There is no audition process, but places are limited. Those taking part will be invited to bring 5-10 minutes of songs (no arias, please). Duos are welcome, ...

7:00 PM

Hugo Wolf – The Complete Mörike Lieder, part 2

23 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk John Warren: "The poems of Eduard Mörike; inspired creations of an unhappy pastor" Hugo Wolf wrote almost nothing other than songs, but the legacy he left is a rich one. His writing found its peak with his settings of the poet Eduard Mörike, often compared to Britten and Auden or Schubert and Goethe for the perfect marriage of composer...

Sunday 24th October 2010

7:00 PM

Kathleen Ferrier Award Winner's Recital

24 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

We continue our partnership with the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the UK’s most presitigious singing competition, and are delighted to welcome Sarah-Jane Brandon, winner of the 2009 competition. Of her performance at the finals, the Independent wrote, “almost certainly one of tomorrow’s great divas… a born recitalist”, and the Telegraph described  “a pur...

Monday 25th October 2010

7:00 PM

Catherine Hopper & The Doric String Quartet

25 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk Richard Wigmore: "Meine Ruh' ist hin": Schubert's confessional "Rosamunde" Quartet and its relationship to his songs The Doric Quartet, who are “in residence” at the Festival (performing the three Schumann quartets in rush-hour concerts on 20th, 27th and 29th),  join with the wonderful mezzo Catherine Hopper, w...

Tuesday 26th October 2010

7:00 PM

The Bevan Sisters

26 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Sisters Sophie and Mary Bevan, both exceptional emerging talents, present a wonderful programme of songs and duets. This is not the first time they have sung alongside one another: this summer they sang Susanna and Barbarina in Garsington Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, as well as performing this programme in Malta. The varied repertoire they cover tonight includes Brahms...

Wednesday 27th October 2010

4:45 PM

Rush Hour Concert II

27 Oct 2010 16:45 | St Michael at the North Gate

Schumann – String Quartet no. 2 in F major (Op. 41 no. 2) Korngold - String Quartet No. 3 in D major (Op. 34) The Doric String Quartet continue their survey of Schumann’s three extraordinary quartets, which they are currently recording for the Chandos label. All three quartets were written in 1842, a year that was for Schumann’s chamber music what 1840 was ...

7:00 PM

Master Course Participants' Concert

27 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

The concert given by participants on the Oxford Lieder Mastercourse is now an established annual event. During the course, nine outstanding duos work with tenor Ian Partridge and three guest tutors, studying a huge range of repertoire. For the culmination of the course Ian Partridge devises a programme of songs selected from the week. This concert always has a richly varied programme, given ...

Thursday 28th October 2010

12:10 PM

Lunch with Schumann IV (RCM)

28 Oct 2010 12:10 | Holywell Music Room

Robyn Allegra Parton – soprano Kitty Whately – mezzo-soprano Belinda Jones  - piano Oxford Lieder is delighted to welcome for the first time students of the Royal College of Music to our lunchtime recital series. Robyn Allegra Parton was the winner of the 2009 Oxford Lieder Scholarship. She and Kitty Whately continue our Schumann celebrations; an ideal interlude ...

7:00 PM

Spanish Song, Berlioz & Schubert

28 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

7pm (free): Pre-concert talk. Richard Stokes explores Berlioz' great cycle, Les Nuits dété Described in the Times as “a classy act: a light, agile mezzo of great charm and elegant intelligence”, Clara Mouriz gathers universal acclaim for her stunning voice and powers of communication. She and pianist Joseph Middleton present a programme including some ha...

Friday 29th October 2010

4:45 PM

Rush Hour Concert III

29 Oct 2010 16:45 | St Michael at the North Gate

In the last of their three rush-hour concerts,the Doric Quartet perform Schumann’s third and final quartet, a magnificent work, written as a result of his studies of the quartets of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. Schumann himself wrote: “you may rest assured that I have spared no pains to produce something really respectable—indeed, I sometimes think my best.” Progr...

7:00 PM

Sir Willard White & Eugene Asti

29 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Premium tickets £50 – a reserved seat in a prime area of the Holywell Music Room, a signed programme, and an exclusive post-concert reception attended by tonight’s artists. Sir Willard White needs little introduction as one of the world’s best-loved singers.  He comes to the Festival with renowned pianist Eugene Asti. Together they perform a programme includi...

9:00 PM

Late night concert

29 Oct 2010 21:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Alasdair Beatson, described by the Sunday Times as “artistry incarnate”, performs piano works by Schumann, including, the Fantasy and the Gesänge der Frühe, and transcriptions of some of the songs. New College Ante-Chapel provides a magical backdrop. By kind permission of the Warden and Scholars of New College Programme: Robert Schumann: Gesänge der...

Saturday 30th October 2010

3:00 PM

An Introduction to Polish Song

30 Oct 2010 15:00 | Holywell Music Room

Songs by Chopin, Paderewski and Moniusko This concert celebrates Chopin's bicentenary, placing a number of his songs in the context of other notable, if lesser-known, Polish composers. Igancy Paderewski was famed primarily as a virtuoso pianist, and was also a prolific composer. He was also the third prime minister of the Republic of Poland! Stanislaw Moniusko (1819 - 1872) w...

7:00 PM

Final Concert

30 Oct 2010 19:00 | Holywell Music Room

Jonathan Lemalu makes an eagerly-anticipated return to the Festival with an attractive and varied programme to round off 2010 in style. Our celebration of the songs of Schumann concludes with his magical songs to poems by Hans Christian Andersen and some of his settings of the great poet Eichendorff, as well as a group of songs by Schumann's close friend, Brahms. After this, we h...