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Strauss, Debussy & Schumann: Louise Alder, Stef van Herten & Sholto Kynoch

15 October 2018, 19:30



This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room

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One 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 Spectator for her ‘rapt intensity and vivid emotional storytelling’. She is joined by renowned horn player Stef van Herten, a member of the orchestra of the prestigious Oper Frankfurt.

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Louise Alder

Louise Alder


Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar. She won the Young Singer Award at the 2017 International Opera Awards and the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the 2017 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She also won the 2015 inaugural Young British Soloists’ Competition, is the recipient of Glyndebourne's 2014 John Christie Award. In the 2019/20 season Louise returns to the Royal Opera as Zerlina Don Giovanni; to the Bayerische... Read Full Biography
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Stef van Herten

Stef van Herten


French horn player Stef van Herten has held the position of Second Horn in the Frankfurt Opera and Museums Orchestra since 2011. Born in Herten, The Netherlands, Stef first learned the trumpet before switching to the horn and studied at the conservatory of Maastricht with Prof. Willy Bessems, Prof. Will Sanders and Prof. Erich Penzel and played master classes with Marie-Luise Neunecker, Wolgang Gaag, Peter Damm, Cristian Lampert, Markus Maskuniity, Jakob Slagter and Dale Clavenger. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the Nethe... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in Lo... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

The Grand Tour – A European Journey in Song

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. View the ...

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