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2008 Festival

10th - 25th October 2008

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

Friday 10th October 2008

Saturday 11th October 2008

2:00 PM

Schubert's Kosegarten Liederspiel

11 Oct 2008 14:00 | Holywell Music Room

David Owen Norris brings some of the Royal College of Music's finest students to the Lieder Festival to perform this early song cycle by Schubert.For an introduction and background to this fascinating work, click here.

3:30 PM

Ian Partridge Masterclass

11 Oct 2008 15:30 | Holywell Music Room

Following his final public recital in Oxford which opens the festival on Friday 10th October, tenor Ian Partridge will give a public masterclass, working with the singers from the Royal College of Music who presented the early afternoon concert with David Owen Norris which started the day. Please do come and support these talented young musicians as they receive insightful coaching from on...

8:00 PM

Winterreise - Florian Boesch (baritone) & Andrew West (piano)

11 Oct 2008 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Austrian baritone Florian Boesch has a particular affinity with English audiences, who have been flocking to hear him at Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh and Cheltenham Festivals, Aldeburgh and other prestigious UK venues. The press responses to his singing have been universally exceptional, not surprisingly given the reputation he already has on the continent. Florian Boesch will sing Schubert&rsqu...

Sunday 12th October 2008

2:00 PM

Schubert - Schwanengesang

12 Oct 2008 14:00 | Holywell Music Room

Schubert's final song cycle was never intended as such by the composer; two groups of songs, one to poems by Rellstab, one to poems by Heine, were posthumously collated by his publisher as a "Swan Song", with the final song, Die Taubenpost, added for good measure. Nevertheless, the cycle contains many of Schubert's finest works and in the hands of a fine singer and pianist it ...

4:00 PM

Die Schöne Müllerin - James Gilchrist (tenor) & Anna Tilbrook (piano)

12 Oct 2008 16:00 | Holywell Music Room

James Gilchrist continues his Schubert song cycle series (postponed last year due to illness) and brings the Schubert weekend to a fitting close. Anyone at James’s performance of Winterreise at the ‘06 Festival will remember an extraordinary experience. This wonderful work contains many of Schubert's finest and most memorable songs, taking the listener on a journey from the upbe...

Wednesday 15th October 2008

1:10 PM

Lunchtime Lieder I

15 Oct 2008 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Angela Bic - sopranoRobin Davis - piano The first of our lunch time concerts sees outstanding students from the Royal Academy of Music present a programme to include folk song arrangements by Brahms and Britten.

8:00 PM

Check that Czech! Lucie Špicková (mezzo) and Lada Valešová (piano)

15 Oct 2008 20:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Two halves make a whole, and this applies to tonight's perfomers, both of whom are half of Czech origin. They are performing a wonderful programme of Czech music, which will include Dvorák's Gypsy Songs, some of the most fiery and passionate works in the repertoire. Also in the programme, a rare chance for Oxford audiences to discover the music of composers Hans Gál and...

Thursday 16th October 2008

8:00 PM

The Prince Consort - Zigeunerlieder

16 Oct 2008 20:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This concert is generously supported by The Helena Oldacre TrustThe Prince Consort is one of the most exciting vocal ensembles to emerge in the last few years. Graduates of the Royal College of Music, they are fast establishing a reputation for fresh and energetic readings of familiar repertoire as well as the championing of neglected works.Their programme tonight is based around traditional gy...

Friday 17th October 2008

1:10 PM

Lunchtime Lieder II

17 Oct 2008 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Rebecca van den Berg - sopranoBojana Dimkovic - piano The second of our lunchtime concerts (as well as the fourth, next Friday) sees two outstanding postgraduate students from the Royal Academy of Muisc, again performing folk song arrangements of Brahms and Britten alongside a selection of other popular songs. These 50-minute programmes have proved extrememly popular over the past three years...

8:00 PM

Patron's Concert: Sir Thomas Allen (baritone) & Roger Vignoles (piano)

17 Oct 2008 20:00 | University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Part of the Jesus College Visiting Artist Series Sir Thomas Allen, Oxford Lieder's patron, is one of the world's best-known baritones, and this evening's concert will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the Oxford Lieder Festival to date. Joined by the renowned accompanist Roger Vignoles*, he performs a programme of Fauré, Duparc and Ravel in the wonderful and atmospheric setting of the Uni...

10:00 PM

Late Night Messiaen with Gweneth-Ann Jeffers

17 Oct 2008 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Gweneth-Ann Jeffers - sopranoSimon Lepper - pianoMartin Sturfalt - pianoOliver Messiaen:Poèmes pour MiSelection from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus This concert will last no more than one hour

Saturday 18th October 2008

8:00 PM

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano) & Julius Drake (piano)

18 Oct 2008 20:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Britten: French and English folk songs and Cabaret SongsRavel: Histoires Naturelles and Chants PopulairesMichael Berkeley: Speaking Silence Susan Bickley is firmly established as one of the most versatile mezzo-sopranos, equally at home in the opera house or on the concert platform, with a wide repertory encompassing the Baroque, the great 19th Century dramatic roles and the music of today. She...

Sunday 19th October 2008

10:00 AM

Master Course - public sessions

19 Oct 2008 10:00 | The North Wall

The Oxford Lieder Mastercourse sees ten advanced duos working intensively with Sarah Walker CBE and three visiting tutors - Eugene Asti, Julius Drake and Richard Stokes - over 5 days, culminating in a concert at the Holywell Music Room. On each day open to the public both Sarah Walker and a visiting tutor will work with the singers and pianists in 2 sessions, 10-1 and 2-6 (end times approximate...

8:00 PM

Olja Dakic (soprano) & Sholto Kynoch (piano)

19 Oct 2008 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Serbian soprano Olja Dakic has only recently graduated from the Hans Eisler Music College in Berlin and has already secured roles in the opera houses of Milan, Vienna and Olso. Her concert performances have been equally acclaimed, and she and Sholto Kynoch (Oxford Lieder's artistic director) will be repeating tonight's programme in the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie in Berlin. Thei...

Tuesday 21st October 2008

8:00 PM

Giles Underwood (baritone) & Martin Sturfalt (piano)

21 Oct 2008 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Songs by Vaughan Williams (including the Songs of Travel) and Ferguson, as well as a selection of Swedish songs and folk song arrangements.

Wednesday 22nd October 2008

1:10 PM

Lunchtime Lieder III

22 Oct 2008 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Mae Heydorn - mezzo-soprano Nicolas Simeha - Baritone Nico de Villiers - piano The third in our lunchtime series, focussing on the folk-song arrangements of Brahms and Britten. Today sees students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The final concert in the series takes place on Friday 24th.

5:30 PM

ABRSM / Blackwell Event

22 Oct 2008 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

A jointly promoted event to highlight the new ABRSM singing syllabusVanessa Williams, Manager of Blackwell Music, writes: Blackwell would like to invite all singing teachers to a special event hosted jointly with ABRSM and Oxford Lieder Festival. This event will enable teachers to learn new things about the ABRSM's singing syllabus, the decisions behind the selection of the pieces and det...

8:00 PM

Master Course Participants' Concert, introduced by Sarah Walker CBE

22 Oct 2008 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Tonight's concert is the culmination of the master course, led by the legendary mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker, that has been taking place over the preceeding four days at the North Wall centre. 10 advanced student duos (post-graduate level at least) have been working intensively with Sarah, as well as receiving coaching from Julius Drake, Richard Stokes and Eugene Asti.In a way it is wrong to ...

Thursday 23rd October 2008

8:00 PM

A Schumann Liederabend | Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) & Eugene Asti (piano)

23 Oct 2008 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly makes a much-anticipated return to the Festival, joined by outstanding accompanist Eugene Asto, in an all-Schumann programme. The Op. 39 Liederkreis is one of the pinnacles of the song repertoire. The other songs in the programme might be subtitled "Schumann's Women"; Frauenliebe und -leben, a somewhat rose-tinted view of the life and love of a woman...

Friday 24th October 2008

12:00 PM

Guided Walk with David Owen Norris

24 Oct 2008 12:00 | Keble College

The context for this evening's concert will be enriched with this guided walk around Oxford’s musical sights and sounds illustrated and explained by David Owen Norris.Open to all, this ticketed event is presented in collaboration with the Parson Woodeforde Society. The walk includes lunch at Keble College and Evensong at New College where Woodforde was Sub-Warden and Philip organist. ...

1:10 PM

Lunchtime Lieder IV

24 Oct 2008 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Marcus Farnsworth - baritoneElizabeth Burgess - piano The fourth and final concert in our ever-popular lunchtime series again sees outstanding students from the Royal Academy of Music present folk song arrangements by Brahms and Britten, alongside other popular songs.

8:00 PM

An Oxford Song Book - David Owen Norris & friends

24 Oct 2008 20:00 | Holywell Music Room

David Owen Norris (Square Piano) Amanda Pitt (soprano) Mark Wilde (tenor) Marta Gonsalves (flute) Lisa Oberg, Aliye Cornish (violins) Tim Smedley (cello) Two world firsts from two Oxford Professors of Music, father and son: In 1748, William Hayes (1708-1777) built the World’s First Concert Hall – the Holywell Music Room, still in use today. In 1769, Philip Hayes (1738-1797)...

Saturday 25th October 2008

2:30 PM

Find Your Voice! A workshop for all with Arne Richards

25 Oct 2008 14:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Come and find your voice in a friendly, informal and supportive singing workshop directed by Arne Richards, a well-known composer, performer and music therapist. No previous experience or reading skills necessary – just explore the exhilarating and therapeutic benefits of singing together.To find out more about this special event please call 01865 246718. To reserve a place, please send ...

8:00 PM

Lisa Milne (soprano), Mark Stone (baritone), Sholto Kynoch (piano)

25 Oct 2008 20:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The closing concert of this year's Lieder Festival will be a fitting celebration of song, with a varied programme including songs by Schubert and Wolf, as well as a selection of Engligh and Scottish folk songs. Lisa Milne is an enduringly popular soprano - she very regrettably had to cancel her concert at last year's Lieder Festival, so we were extremely happy to find a date for this ...