The Grand Tour – A European Journey in Song
12th - 27th October 2018
The 17th Oxford Lieder Festival will celebrate a rich tapestry of music, words and performance in European song. Our Grand Tour of song will showcase the pinnacles of the repertoire while exploring wider cultural and geographical influences. International stars, prize-winning young artists and a wide range of concerts and other related events will take us on this beguiling journey.
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Friday 12th October
12 Oct 2018 19:30 | Town HallGenerously supported by Freeths Solicitors A wonderful gala concert opens this year’s Festival. In the grand setting of Oxford's Town Hall, an exceptional team of four world-renowned soloists perform songs and ensembles by Schubert, Schumann, Saint-Saëns and others. Schola Cantorum of Oxford is Oxford’s leading chamber choir and we are delighted that they will join us to...
Saturday 13th October
13 Oct 2018 22:00 | New College Ante ChapelIn the summers of 1880-1882, the young Debussy was employed by Nadezhda von Meck, the patron of Tchaikovsky, to accompany her family as teacher and musical companion as they travelled to Russia, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. We hear songs from this formative period for Debussy, alongside romances by Tchaikovsky from the same years. N.B. A 'Debussy Day Pass' is available to ...
Sunday 14th October
14 Oct 2018 20:00 | Saint John the EvangelistIt is always sure to be a memorable occasion when these two towering figures of the song world, who bring such mastery to their interpretations, come together. This is especially true when they are performing Schubert’s great masterpiece, Winterreise, a work that has transfixed audiences since its composition in 1827 and remains a pinnacle of the song repertoire.
Monday 15th October
15 Oct 2018 19:30 | Holywell Music RoomOne of Debussy’s major song cycles, the Ariettes oubliées, sits alongside songs by Strauss and Schumann, plus works for horn and voice by Strauss, Saint-Saëns, Donizetti and others. Louise Alder, fresh from winning the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, gave a sensational performance at the opening night of last year’s Festival, hailed by the Spectato...
Tuesday 16th October
16 Oct 2018 22:00 | New College Ante ChapelWe are thrilled to have co-commissioned a new work by leading composer Ryan Wigglesworth, in collaboration with Wigmore Hall and with the generous support of the Nicholas John Trust. This new work for soprano and piano sits alongside Wigglesworth’s extraordinary Echo and Narcissus, written in 2014 for the same forces as the Janáček Diary of One who Disappeared (see earlier concert)...
Wednesday 17th October
17 Oct 2018 19:30 | Holywell Music RoomEstonian mezzo-soprano Kai Rüütel, who has shot to fame since being a Jette Parker Artist at the Royal Opera House, introduces us to the songs of her homeland, with works by Veljo Tormis, Ester Mägi and Mart Saar. Alongside these, she and Roger Vignoles perform songs by Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Thursday 18th October
18 Oct 2018 21:45 | Saint John the EvangelistPresented by Camino del Flamenco Round off this exhilarating evening with drink in hand, and an astonishing display of singing, dancing and playing by the artists of one the UK’s most respected flamenco groups, the Camino del Flamenco.
Friday 19th October
19 Oct 2018 19:30 | VariousA very special evening concludes our Parry day, with a rare chance to experience choral music and song side by side in two different and magical venues. In the stunning New College Chapel, the world-renowned Choir performs Parry’s Songs of Farewell; while in the nearby Holywell Music Room, James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook perform songs by Parry and Jonathan Dove. At the interval, the two...
Saturday 20th October
20 Oct 2018 22:00 | New College Ante ChapelUnder their director George Parris, the Carice Singers have gained an enviable reputation for superb performances and imaginative programming. In ‘Sounding North’, they conclude our Nordic exploration with a stunning programme of choral music which, in New College Chapel, is the ideal way to finish an exhilarating day. N.B. A 'Nordic Day Pass' is available to purchase f...
Sunday 21st October
21 Oct 2018 20:00 | Saint John the EvangelistUndoubtedly one of the highlights of any Festival is a visit by tenor Christoph Prégardien. He and Ulrich Eisenlohr – a pianist especially renowned for his complete Schubert survey – perform songs by Schubert and Wolfgang Rihm, and then a journey through earth, water, air and fire, with songs by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. The evening's programme ...
Monday 22nd October
22 Oct 2018 20:00 | Saint John the EvangelistLittle introduction is needed for one of today’s great singers, Sarah Connolly, joined by her longstanding duo partner Eugene Asti. They perform an array of wonderful English song, from Bridge to Britten and Holst to Howells.
Tuesday 23rd October
23 Oct 2018 19:30 | Holywell Music RoomSchubert & Co. is an ensemble of eight renowned singers with pianist Sholto Kynoch. Tonight they explore Schubert’s Italian songs, as well as settings of English poets, before performing his complete settings from Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake, which include the famed Ave Maria as well as several ensembles.
Wednesday 24th October
Thursday 25th October
25 Oct 2018 19:30 | Holywell Music RoomDutch baritone Thomas Oliemans gave an extraordinary recital at short notice in last year’s Festival, and we are thrilled that he is able to return this year with Malcolm Martineau, one of the world’s great accompanists. They perform Brahms’ only song cycle, Die schöne Magelone: a tale of medieval chivalry and a love story, with poetry taken from Ludwig Tieck’s Roma...
Friday 26th October
26 Oct 2018 19:30 | Holywell Music RoomKate Royal is one of today's star sopranos, hailed as a 'compelling recitalist' (The Telegraph) with a 'rapturous voice' (Gramophone). She and well-known pianist Joseph Middleton perform Schumann's settings of the Franco-German poet and botanist, Adalbert von Chamisso: the touching and ever-popular cycle Frauenliebe und -leben, written in Schumann's 'annus m...
Saturday 27th October
27 Oct 2018 19:30 | Saint John the EvangelistThe Festival draws to a close with a performance of Schumann’s Myrthen, the great song cycle that he gave to his wife Clara as a wedding gift in 1840. Reflecting Schumann’s wide literary interests, this amazing cycle includes poetry by writers from Burns, Byron and Moore to Goethe, Heine and Rückert. Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, is joined by Tara Erra...