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2017 Spring Weekend of Song

3rd - 5th March 2017

Renowned recitalists, emerging talent, auditions for the next generation of star artists, masterclasses and more; the Oxford Lieder Spring Weekend of Song is a mid-year fix for song lovers.

This year features James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook across the weekend as they celebrate 20 years of performing together. We also welcome back star baritone Benjamin Appl, whose recital last year was a highlight of The Schumann Project, and mezzo Ciara Hendrick. The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform attracts an ever-higher standard of applicant and now offers a chance to hear some of the very brightest of the UK's emerging talent, vying to be our next 'amabassadors for song'. The weekend begins with a joint composition workshop with the Faculty of Music, followed by a fascinating study event presented by TORCH, the Oxford Resarch Centre in the Humanities. The celebratory atmosphere of the Festival is also captured in the Spring Weekend, with pre-concert dinners at the Vaults & Garden on Radcliffe Square and opportunities to meet the artists. You can enjoy every event across the Weekend with an excellent value Spring Weekend Pass: we look forward to seeing you there.

Friday 3rd March

10:30 AM

Composition Workshop with the Faculty of Music

03 Mar 2017 10:30 | Holywell Music Room

In a joint workshop with Oxford University's Faculty of Music, mezzo-soprano Ciara Hendrick and pianist Sholto Kynoch perform six new works by composers from the Faculty. Each work is followed by a discussion led by professors / composers Martyn Harry and Robert Saxton, with further feedback for the composers from the artists and the audience. The workshop is a fascinating opportunity for m...

2:30 PM

'Hands, Gestures, Voices'

03 Mar 2017 14:30 | Okinaga Room

This afternoon study event looks the relationship between songs and the experience of the people who perform them, whether singers who choose to act and dramatise their performances, or the pianists whose role extends far beyond merely 'accompanying'. With contributions by Natasha Loges, Ceri Owen, Susan Rutherford and Laura Tunbridge. Presented in collaboration with TORCH.

6:30 PM

Supper at The Vaults and Garden Café

03 Mar 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

From 6.30pm enjoy a hot main meal with side dish in a relaxed setting near to the Holywell Music Room, with fast service and plenty of time to return for the 7.30pm concert.

Saturday 4th March

11:00 AM

The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform

04 Mar 2017 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Six exceptional duos give 40-minutes audition recitals, aspiring to be Oxford Lieder's future 'ambassadors for song'. These inspirational concerts, with richly varied programmes performed by some of the bright stars of tomorrow will be adjudicated by James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook. SESSION A: 11.00am-11.45am: Audition One - Claire Barnett Jones (mezzo-soprano) & Som...

6:30 PM

Supper at The Vaults and Garden Café

04 Mar 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

From 6.30pm enjoy a hot main meal with side dish in a relaxed setting near to the Holywell Music Room, with fast service and plenty of time to return for the 7.30pm concert.

Sunday 5th March

1:30 PM

Masterclass given by James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook

05 Mar 2017 13:30 | The Leonard Wolfson Auditorium

The six duos who auditioned for the Young Artist Platform now have a chance to work with James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook in a public masterclass. Between the end of the Masterclass and the 5.45pm concert, meet the young artists, James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook over coffee after the masterclasses in the Wolfson College café. N.B. There is ample on-site parking, free of charge,...