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The Last of the Romantics - Mahler and fin-de-siècle Vienna

13th - 28th October 2017

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Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century was a vibrant melting pot for music and the arts. Whirling waltzes sat alongside gargantuan symphonies. The height of romanticism had been reached but was nearly exhausted and on the brink of a whole new musical language. Tradition - with Brahms a holder of the torch - was face to face, sometimes uncomfortably, with the daring and modern.

Gustav Mahler was a dominant musical personality: composer and preeminent conductor, steeped in tradition but a champion of the new. During this edition of the Oxford Lieder Festival, Mahler's complete songs with piano will be heard, inviting a fresh look at this 'symphonic' composeer and the enduring place of song in the musical landscape. His choices of texts, wider artistic influences from literature to art to nature and folk music, his Jewish background in a conservative Catholic city, his encounter with Sigmund Freud, his encouragement of fellow composers and more will all be explored in this packed fortnight.

Mahler's Vienna will also be placed in a wider context, with tradition represented in the songs of Schubert and Beethoven, an exploration of Brahms' glorious melodic gifts and intricate text setting, and music by Hugo Wolf (who excoriated Brahms!), Alexander Zemlinsky, Erich Korngold, Joseph Marx and others. Richard Strauss may not have resided in Vienna until 1919, but his musical language was evolving within the Viennese traditions and many of his songs will also be heard. A late-night salon will look ahead to the Second Viennese School, including several of Schoenberg's seminal works. Study days, readings, screenings, workshops and more once again make for an exhilirating Festival that will illuminate the era and inspire audiences afresh and anew.

Friday 13th October

10:45 AM

Arts & Crafts: Part One

Study Event

13 Oct 2017 10:45 | Holywell Music Room

The Festival begins with a fascinating event linking fin-de-siècle Vienna and Oxford through the visual arts, exploring contemporaneous developments in the English Arts and Crafts movement and the Austro- German ‘Jugendstil’. Beginning in the Holywell Music Room with a general introduction to the artistic thinking of the period, Antony Buxton leads a visit to Harris Manche...

12:30 PM

Schools Concert

Free Events Families & Children

13 Oct 2017 12:30 | Ashmolean Museum

Experience the fantastic creative work of local schoolchildren who have taken part in workshops over the previous weeks, writing the words and music of their very own song cycle. This short concert takes place in the atrium of the Ashmolean Museum and is always an uplifting event. No booking is necessary: simply drop in and support these young people in their performance.

2:00 PM

Arts & Crafts: Part Two

Free Events Study Event

13 Oct 2017 14:00 | Ashmolean Museum: Lecture Theatre

This is the second part of our day exploring Oxford and Vienna at the turn of the 20th Century through the contemporaneous movements in the visual arts. Matthew Winterbottom, Curator of Nineteenth-Century Decorative Arts at the Ashmolean Museum, gives an illustrated lecture on the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts pioneers, citing examples in the Museum and leading a gallery vis...

4:00 PM

The Viennese Café

Free Events Chamber Music

13 Oct 2017 16:00 | Café W at Waterstones

En route from the Ashmolean to the Holywell Music Room, call in to the excellent café in Waterstones, briefly transformed into a Viennese coffee house. Surrounded by books and with coffee and Viennese cake in hand, take in waltzes by Johann Strauss, Viennese tunes by Fritz Kreisler, Brahms Hungarian Dances and more, performed by violinist Sophie Rosa (who also plays Beethoven a...

5:15 PM

Glitter and Doom

Free Events Study Event

13 Oct 2017 17:15 | Holywell Music Room

Writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley introduces the cultural melting pot that was Vienna at the turn of the last century, featuring figures such as Freud, Klimt and Mahler. This wider backdrop gives an essential insight into the period and the place, setting the scene for the Festival ahead. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

13 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

On almost every evening during the Festival, a special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoy a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Saturday 14th October

11:00 AM

Mahler: A life in Song Part I

Study Event

14 Oct 2017 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Gavin Plumley leads two fascinating study days (see also Saturday 21), in association with the Mahler Society. Joined by an exceptional team of musicians, in his lecture-recitals he will guide us through Mahler’s world, exploring his life, songs and surroundings in depth, and casting the composer in a more varied light than does the usual view of him as an epic symphonist. A linchpin of t...

12:00 PM

Bring and Sing

Participation Events

14 Oct 2017 12:00 | Holywell Music Room

A chance for one and all to tread the boards of the Holywell Music Room.  To book a place, please buy a ticket. Sophie will be in touch within 5 working days from receipt of your booking. If you have any questions prior to making a booking, please email her at [email protected]

5:30 PM

Gurney and Britten: Peter Harris & Hamish Brown

Early Evening

14 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Peter Harris and Hamish Brown were joint winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, giving a stunning audition recital at the Spring Weekend of Song. Today they give their showcase concert, in a programme featuring Ivor Gurney’s moving 1919 settings of A.E. Housman, Ludlow and Teme, and Britten’s remarkable settings of John Donne. They also include American c...

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

14 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

10:00 PM

Pierrot Lunaire

Late Night

14 Oct 2017 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

Members of the dynamic and award-winning Shadwell Opera company perform Schoenberg's ground-breaking Pierrot Lunaire, one of the seminal works of the early twentieth century. This epic monodrama for solo voice and five instrumentalists is ideally suited to an evocative late-night performance in New College Ante-Chapel. Rising star soprano Alice Privett, recently hailed by the Guardian ...

Sunday 15th October

12:30 PM

Silent Opera

Study Event

15 Oct 2017 12:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

In preparation for the evening's Rosenkavalier screening, Matthew Sweet, author and presenter of BBC Radio 3's 'Sound of Cinema', leads a discussion about the history of music in silent films, as well as a more specific look at this opera/film.  12.30pm - Matthew Sweet will be joined by conductor Thomas Kemp, with players from OAE and their Chief Executive Cris...

4:00 PM

My Dearest Hedgehog

Early Evening

15 Oct 2017 16:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Please note that Penny Downie has regretfully had to withdraw from this concert. We are extremely grateful to Penelope Wilton and delighted that she is able to step in.   This narrated recital, devised and written by Henrietta Bredin and already performed in numerous venues to great acclaim, explores the relationship between Richard Strauss and his wife, Pauline. Strauss wrote many o...

5:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

15 Oct 2017 17:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Monday 16th October

1:10 PM

Franz Schubert: Christina Gansch & Sholto Kynoch

Lunchtime

16 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Sensational Austrian soprano Christina Gansch returns to the Festival for the first of our lunchtime series, in a programme of Franz Schubert, the quintessential Viennese song composer who shaped all who followed him. 

3:00 PM

A New World, New Music, New Horizons

Free Events Study Event

16 Oct 2017 15:00 | Blackwell's Bookshop - The Norrington Room

Peter McMullin, Blackwell's printed music specialist, examines the world of music publishing in the early twentieth century, focusing on the works of Mahler, Schoenberg and Strauss. 

5:30 PM

Schubert & Korngold: Rowland, Lukas, Lidström, Forsberg

Chamber Music Early Evening

16 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Korngold's unique Suite for piano left hand and strings, Op. 23, is played by a star team of chamber musicians, alongside Schubert's String Trio in B flat, D581. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

16 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Tuesday 17th October

1:10 PM

Serious Songs: Ashley Riches & Sholto Kynoch

Lunchtime

17 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches is one of the bright stars of the song world. His programme includes Brahms' extraordinary Four Serious Songs, settings of biblical texts that he wrote in 1896, his last songs. Also included are songs by Schubert and Dvorák.   

3:00 PM

Brahms's Late Idyll

Free Events Study Event

17 Oct 2017 15:00 | The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

Natasha Loges discusses themes of nostalgia, idyll and resignation in Brahms’s late works, against the backdrop of his adoptive home Vienna. Her talk will be illustrated with songs sung by mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard. 

5:30 PM

Brahms & The Clarinet

Chamber Music Early Evening

17 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Brahms was inspired to come out of his self-imposed retirement by the playing of the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld. Several works for clarinet followed, among them his glorious Clarinet Trio, Op.114 (1891), heard here alongside a movement of Zemlinsky’s Clarinet Trio and Schubert’s evergreen Shepherd on the Rock. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

17 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Wednesday 18th October

1:10 PM

Schubert and Strauss: Kathryn Rudge & Christopher Glynn

Lunchtime

18 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Kathryn Rudge is a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme and together with pianist Christopher Glynn she presents a programme of favourite Strauss songs alongside songs by Schubert and Schumann's 'Mary Stuart' songs.

3:00 PM

Songs and Soundworlds

Free Events Study Event

18 Oct 2017 15:00 | Okinaga Room

Katy Hamilton explores Richard Strauss's Lieder, the role of his wife Pauline de Ahna as muse and interpreter, and the musical battles being fought in Vienna, the city he would later make his home. 

5:30 PM

Enoch Arden: Sir Thomas Allen & Simon Lepper

Chamber Music Early Evening

18 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Strauss’s setting of Tennyson’s Enoch Arden was hugely successful in its day. This is a rare chance to hear a live performance of a work in which the narrative, performed here by our patron Sir Thomas Allen, is interspersed with music for solo piano. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

18 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Thursday 19th October

11:30 AM

Baudelaire: From the Depths of Beauty

Lunchtime Study Event

19 Oct 2017 11:30 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

Presented in association with the Bodleian Libraries.  In the 150th anniversary of Baudelaire's death, Helen Abbott leads two sessions exploring the poet's appearances in the music of Berg and Debussy and looking more widely at the influence and dissemination of his work. Is Baudelaire the last of the Romantic French poets? How does his work end up in Vienna? What influences ...

1:10 PM

Baudelaire In Song: Sophie Karthäuser, Eugene Asti & Doric String Quartet

Lunchtime

19 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

A dream team of artists visit Paris and Vienna. The programme is bound by the work of Charles Baudelaire, who died 150 years ago and whose poetry is set in Alban Berg's stunning Lyric Suite and Debussy's Wagnerian songs of 1887–9, the Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire. 

5:30 PM

Haydn & Beethoven: Doric String Quartet

Chamber Music Early Evening

19 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

'Please note that this programme has changed from that advertised in the Festival brochure   The Doric String Quartet are the leading quartet of their generation, appearing on major stages the world over, and they are firm favourites in the Lieder Festival's chamber music series. Today, they perform one of Haydn's great quartets, Op. 64 no. 6, alongside Beethove...

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

19 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Friday 20th October

1:10 PM

The End of Romanticism: Caitlin Hulcup & Lada Valesová

Lunchtime

20 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

This programme features songs from the very height of Romanticism: richly tonal early Schoenberg, Berg’s Seven Early Songs and songs by Zemlinsky and Korngold. Mezzo Caitlin Hulcup, recently described as ‘magnificent’ by the Guardian, and pianist Lada Valešová also include a handful of songs by Egon Wellesz, an Austrian Jewish émigré composer who se...

3:00 PM

Mahler's Legacy: Schoenberg and Beyond?

Free Events Study Event

20 Oct 2017 15:00 | Blackwell's Bookshop - The Norrington Room

Mahler broke musical barriers, enabling a younger generation of Viennese Jewish composers. Highly respected author, curator and historian Michael Haas explores those composers freed by Mahler's influence, and asks whether there is a direct line to be drawn between Mahler and the Second Viennese School.    Standing places will also be available on the day

5:30 PM

Korngold Quintet: Liebeck, Carroll, Forsberg

Chamber Music Early Evening

20 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The great Swedish pianist and Korngold enthusiast Bengt Forsberg returns with a team of world-class string players to perform Korngold’s Piano Quintet, Op.15, one of the most important works of his output. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

20 Oct 2017 18:30 | St Stephen's House

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Saturday 21st October

9:30 AM

Masterclass Day

Participation Events

21 Oct 2017 09:30 | Headington School: The Music School

This is an immersive day of masterclasses for enthusiastic amateur singers led by highly renowned artists. Each participant will receive 30 minutes of individual coaching and will also gain from observing fellow participants' sessions throughout the day an accompanist will be available, and a light lunch is also provided.  These masterclass are mixed level and anyone may apply. two ...

11:00 AM

Mahler: A life in Song Part II

Study Event

21 Oct 2017 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

  The second of Gavin Plumley’s two study days surveying Mahler’s life and songs, presented in association with the Mahler Society. See also Saturday 14.  Joined by an exceptional team of musicians, these lecture-recitals will guide us through Mahler's life, exploring his life, songs and surroundings in depth.  11am Welcome coffee 11.30am Lecture-recit...

11:00 AM

Masterclass for Music College Applicants

Participation Events

21 Oct 2017 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Robin Bowman leads a class for those aspiring to study music at college. Click here for details on taking part.    Free to observers.   To book a performance place, please buy a ticket. Sophie will be in touch within 5 working days from receipt of your booking. If you have any questions prior to making a booking, please email her at [email protected]

5:00 PM

Showcase Recital: Joel Williams, James Atkinson & Joao Araujo

Chamber Music Early Evening

21 Oct 2017 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

Three outstanding young musicians give this year’s Royal College of Music platform recital, including works by Brahms and settings of Rückert by Schumann. 

10:00 PM

Motets at Merton

Late Night Sacred music

21 Oct 2017 22:00 | Merton College Chapel

One of Oxford's finest chapel choirs presents a programme of motets by Brahms and composers he would have conducted as director of the Wiener Singakademie, including Schütz, Gabrieli and Bach. Also included is a rare arrrangement of Mahler's 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen' from the Rückert Lieder.   

Sunday 22nd October

11:15 AM

Mahler: Reader, Thinker, Composer

Study Event

22 Oct 2017 11:15 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

Mahler has been celebrated since his own day not just for his musical gifts, but also for his wide-ranging literary and intellectual interests. This Study Day will explore the world of the mind behind the music, focusing particularly on the songs which are an equal legacy to his symphonies. Talks by expert researchers will cover topics such as his choice of texts, the poets who inspired him, th...

1:45 PM

Mahler: Reader, Thinker, Composer: Christina Sidak & Deirdre Brenner

Lunchtime

22 Oct 2017 13:45 | TBC

Christina Sidak, one of Austria’s most exciting young mezzos, and superb American pianist Deirdre Brenner perform songs by Gustav and Alma Mahler, and other repertoire that features in the day’s discussions, including songs by Schubert and Schumann. 

5:30 PM

From Vienna to Moscow: Michael Mofidian & Keval Shah

Early Evening

22 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Bass-baritone Michael Mofidian and Keval Shah gave an exceptional recital at the Spring Weekend of Song auditions for the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platforms. They were clear winners (joint with Peter Harris and Hamish Brown, who give their showcase recital on Satuday 14 October) and today give their Festival recital in a programme that takes us from Vienna to Moscow via Helsinki with son...

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

22 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Monday 23rd October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day One

Free Events Mastercourse

23 Oct 2017 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

We are thrilled to welcome the internationally celebrated mezzo- soprano Ann Murray to lead this year’s residential Mastercourse. Each day the students also work with a renowned guest tutor, and observers are free to move between these fascinating sessions. 

1:10 PM

Franz Schubert: Alessandro Fisher & Sholto Kynoch

Lunchtime

23 Oct 2017 13:10 | Headington School: The Hall

Alessandro Fisher, one of today’s most exciting young tenors, was joint first-prize winner at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2016. Also a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist, he presents an all-Schubert programme with Sholto Kynoch, including settings of poems by Schubert’s great friend Johann Mayrhofer. 

5:30 PM

Brahms and Zemlinsky

Chamber Music Early Evening

23 Oct 2017 17:30 | Headington School: The Hall

Brahms's two string sextets are epic works of the chamber music repertoire. The second of them, Op.36 in G, is presented here with Zemlinsky's rarely-heard but beautiful song for soprano and string sextet, Maiblumen blühten überall. We are delighted to welcome the Piatti String Quartet to the Festival for the first time. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

23 Oct 2017 18:30 | St Stephen's House

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

9:30 PM

Late-Night Salon

Chamber Music Late Night

23 Oct 2017 21:30 | The Mad Hatter

The second part of the Piatti Quartet’s evening in Oxford is in a very different setting: our own ‘salon’, where the bar will be open and you’ll hear Schoenberg’s striking Second String Quartet alongside a seemingly opposing side of his character in the form of his mischievous and sometimes outrageous cabaret songs. We also present the world premiere of a new work ...

Tuesday 24th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Two

Mastercourse

24 Oct 2017 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

We are thrilled to welcome the world-famous mezzo-soprano Ann Murray to lead this year's residential Mastercourse. Each day the students also work with a renowned guest tutor, and observers are free to move between these fascinating sessions. 

1:10 PM

The Distant Beloved: James Newby & Eugene Asti

Lunchtime

24 Oct 2017 13:10 | Headington School: The Hall

James Newby, joint winner of last year's Kathleen Ferrier Awards, performs some of Mahler's songs from the 1880s alongside Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, the first true song cycle. 

5:30 PM

Mahler & Brahms Piano Quartets: Urioste, Hernandez, van der Heijden, Poster

Chamber Music Early Evening

24 Oct 2017 17:30 | Headington School: The Hall

Mahler's only chamber work is his single-movement Piano Quartet in A minor. An amazing team of artists perform this alongside Brahms' epic Piano Quartet no. 2 in A, Op. 26. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

24 Oct 2017 18:30 | St Stephen's House

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Wednesday 25th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Three

Mastercourse

25 Oct 2017 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

We are thrilled to welcome the world-famous mezzo-soprano Ann Murray to lead this year's residential Mastercourse. Each day the students also work with a renowned guest tutor, and observers are free to move between these fascinating sessions. 

5:30 PM

Spring Sonatas: Sophie Rosa & Sholto Kynoch

Chamber Music Early Evening

25 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Richard Strauss’s uplifting Violin Sonata in E flat, Op.18, was written in 1887–8, the early years of his romance with his future wife, Pauline. It is coupled with Beethoven’s equally sunny 'Spring' Sonata, played here by prize-winning violinist Sophie Rosa. Watch a video of Sophie Rosa performing Fritz Kreisler with Sholto Kynoch below.  [youtube url=https:...

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

25 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Thursday 26th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Four

Mastercourse

26 Oct 2017 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

We are thrilled to welcome the world-famous mezzo-soprano Ann Murray to lead this year's residential Mastercourse. Each day the students also work with a renowned guest tutor, and observers are free to move between these fascinating sessions. 

1:10 PM

Italian Songbook: Alison Rose, Marcus Farnsworth & James Cheung

Lunchtime

26 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Hugo Wolf’s 46 settings of Italian poetry, translated by Paul Heyse, are among the most perfect gems of the song repertoire, by turn humorous, bitter and tender. Heard as a single songbook, they allow a remarkable dialogue to emerge between the two singers, who inhabit an array of characters.  Please note this concert will last approx. 75 minutes without interval. 

5:30 PM

Brahms & Schubert: Tom Poster & Sholto Kynoch

Chamber Music Early Evening

26 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

A recital of piano duets, featuring Brahms' exuberant Waltzes, Op. 39, a tribute to his adopted city of Vienna, and Schubert's miraculous Variations in A flat, D813. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

26 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Friday 27th October

11:30 AM

Revolution in Russia

Study Event

27 Oct 2017 11:30 | Okinaga Room

100 years on from the Russian Revolution, Philip Ross Bullock leads a study day exploring Russian song, both its general history and in relation to the Revolution. A fascinating opportunity for those who wish to learn more about this rich musical tradition.  11.30am - 12.15pm - Rebecca Mitchell explores the lives of composers, performers and music-lovers in the decades running up to the...

1:10 PM

Russian Romances: Katherine Broderick & Sergey Rybin

Lunchtime

27 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Katherine Broderick and Sergey Rybin give a programme of passionate Russian song, including works by Mussorgsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov and others, as part of our day exploring the Russian Revolution of 1917.  This event is part of a day exploring Russian song in the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The schedule for the day is as follows: 11.30am - 12.15pm - Revolution In Russia...

5:30 PM

1917: The Last Flowering: Alexander Karpeyev

Chamber Music Early Evening

27 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

This thrilling pianist, increasingly noted as an interpreter of the Russian 'Silver Age', performs works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and others, written between 1911 and 1917, including Stravinsky's virtuosic arrangement from Petrushka.  This event is part of a day exploring Russian song in the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The schedule for the day is as follows: ...

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

27 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

10:00 PM

Rachmaninov: Ilona Domnich & Sholto Kynoch

Late Night

27 Oct 2017 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

The wonderful Russian soprano Ilona Domnich gives a late-night, candle-lit performance of songs by Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov was a prolific song composer, setting texts by numerous authors, but he left Russia on the eve of the Revolution and never wrote another song.  This event is part of a day exploring Russian song in the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The schedule for the day i...

Saturday 28th October

12:00 PM

Mastercourse Concert

Mastercourse

28 Oct 2017 12:00 | Holywell Music Room

At the end of an immersive week of study and preparation, led by Ann Murray with a team of prestigious guest tutors, nine outstanding duos present the fruits of their labours in a delightfully varied programme that is always a Festival highlight. The concert will be in two parts with a one-hour lunch interval 

4:30 PM

A German Requiem

Early Evening Sacred music

28 Oct 2017 16:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

Brahms’s own arrangement of Ein deutsches Requiem, for piano four-hands accompaniment, is performed by one of Oxford’s leading chamber choirs as All Souls’ Day approaches, a recent and extremely popular tradition- in-the-making at the Festival. 

6:00 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

28 Oct 2017 18:00 | St Stephen's House

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between.