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A European Song Cycle: Tara Erraught, Ashley Riches & Sholto Kynoch

27 October 2018, 19:30



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Saint John the Evangelist

Iffley Road,

The 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 Erraught, already established as one of the most exciting singers of her generation, and BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches. Their programme also includes folksongs and works by Maurice Ravel and Dmitri Shostakovich, with the poetry of Robert Burns as a common thread. A perfect way to bring our celebration of European song to a close.

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Artist Portrait

Tara Erraught

Tara Erraught


A rich, radiant voice, expansive range and dynamic stage presence are the hallmarks of Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. With a wide repertoire that includes Bellini, Dvorak, Gounod, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Strauss and Verdi, as well as contemporary composers, she enjoys an ever-growing international career on the opera, orchestra and recital stages. In recent seasons Ms. Erraught has sung world premieres, made numerous role debuts, and appeared in recitals and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Japan... Read Full Biography
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Ashley Riches

Ashley Riches


Ashley Riches studied at the University of Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before joining the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House. He was a BBC New Generation Artist. He has appeared with the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera National de Lorraine, Berlin Philharmonic, Gabrieli Consort and Philharmonia Orchestra with conductors including Salonen, Ticciatti, Eliot Gardiner, Rattle, Curnyn and Norrington. Recent engagements include Dido and Aeneas with the Academy of Ancient Music, L... Read Full Biography
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Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. In addition to a busy performance schedule and a fast-growing discography, he is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s most renowned song festival, which recently won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award. In recent years he has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Berliner Konzerthaus, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, the Opéra de Lille... Read Full Biography

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