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Events by Category: Early Evening

Forthcoming - Early Evening

Friday 11th October

5:00 PM

3. The Kalevala: Where the Bear Sleeps

Early Evening

11 Oct 2019 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

Nick Hennessey is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading contemporary storytellers. In 2000 Nick entered the world championship of epic-singing in Espoo near Helsinki, performing The Kalevala (the Finnish national epic) to the Finns, in English. And he won! Today, he delivers us into the deep, snow-filled forests of the Finnish far north. In this world created from shards of egg-s...

3:30 PM

2. Beowulf: Jess Dandy & Dylan Perez

Early Evening

11 Oct 2019 15:30 | Holywell Music Room

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Cheryl Frances-Hoad, one of today’s most exciting composers, as our first Associate Composer, generously supported by the Nicholas John Trust. Over a three-year partnership, in addition to several commissions we will programme a number of her existing works, beginning today with her colourful settings of extracts from Seamus Heaney...

Saturday 12th October

5:30 PM

8. Fantastical Worlds: Ema Nikolovska & Gary Beecher

Early Evening

12 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Ema Nikolovska and Gary Beecher are winners of this year’s Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, which attracts the very best emerging talent. In their showcase recital, they explore spells and enchantments, with music by Sibelius, Medtner, Liszt, Alison Bauld and Donald Swann, and including texts by Shakespeare and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Sunday 13th October

5:00 PM

12. Clara Schumann, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Edvard Grieg: Ivana Gavrić

Early Evening

13 Oct 2019 17:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Pianist Ivana Gavrić has garnered praise for her ‘impressive, insightful’ playing (Washington Post), that is ‘instinctively attuned to the moods and shades of the music’ (Daily Telegraph). She performs works by the masterful pianist-composer Clara Schumann, as well as works by Edvard Grieg and Cheryl Frances-Hoad.   Watch Ivana Gavrić playing Grieg: [youtub...

Monday 14th October

5:30 PM

18. Nordic Magic: Martin Sturfält

Early Evening

14 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The acclaimed Swedish pianist Martin Sturfält performs the magnificent, colourful ‘Northern Lights’ sonata by the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin, inspired by the mythical and magical notions attributed in Sami culture to the Aurora Borealis. He also performs two works by Franz Liszt, inspired by Lenau’s Faust: ‘Der nächtliche Zug’ (‘The night-time p...

Tuesday 15th October

5:30 PM

23. Death and the Maiden: Doric String Quartet

Early Evening

15 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Now established as one of the world’s pre-eminent quartets, the Doric Quartet makes a welcome return to the Festival to play Schubert’s peerless ‘Death and the Maiden’ quartet. Composed in 1824 the central set of variations takes the song 'Der Tod und das Mädchen' as its theme and the piece is widely regarded as one of Schubert's great chamber music mast...

Wednesday 16th October

5:45 PM

28. The Ghost Trio: Phoenix Piano Trio

Early Evening

16 Oct 2019 17:45 | Holywell Music Room

In this potent, single-work concert, the Phoenix Piano Trio performs Beethoven’s extraordinary ‘Ghost’ Trio, with its famous slow movement that provided themes for Beethoven’s sketches for a projected opera of Macbeth. Please note the slightly later start time of 5.45pm for this concert, to allow time for audience members to also attend the earlier film screening...

Thursday 17th October

5:30 PM

34. Mozart's Journey to Prague: Lucy Hall, Jonathan Stone & Sholto Kynoch

Early Evening

17 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

In November 1787, Mozart returned triumphant to Prague for the premiere of Don Giovanni. His trip there was brought colourfully to life by Eduard Mörike in his famous novella Mozart’s Journey to Prague. For this concert, the great A major violin sonata K526, written at the same time as Don Giovanni, and songs of the same period are heard within an abridged retelling of Mörike&rs...

Friday 18th October

5:45 PM

39. Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Carola Darwin & Gildas Quartet

Early Evening

18 Oct 2019 17:45 | Museum of Natural History

Our newly-appointed Associate Composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, has written a cycle of songs for soprano and string quartet, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, setting poetry about evolution and the environment by the Museum of Natural History’s three poets-in-residence in 2016: Kelley Swain, John Barnie and Steven Matthews. The Gildas Quartet also performs Fantasias and Chaconne by Purcell. E...

Saturday 19th October

5:15 PM

42. Schubert Sonata in A Major: Imogen Cooper

Early Evening

19 Oct 2019 17:15 | Saint John the Evangelist

In his penultimate piano sonata, the Sonata in A major D959, Schubert uses some of his most positive and uplifting music to frame a slow movement of shocking grief and desperate anger. A Day Pass is available for the whole 'Schubert and (Im)mortality' day for £90, giving access to the full study day and all concerts. Watch Imogen Cooper play Schubert's Hungarian M...

Sunday 20th October

3:00 PM

49. On Wenlock Edge: Daniel Norman, Sholto Kynoch & Brodsky Quartet

Sold Out - Waiting List Only

Early Evening

20 Oct 2019 15:00 | St John's College Auditorium

In 2014, Oxford Lieder commissioned an animated film of Schubert’s Erlkönig from puppeteer Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood that has been viewed nearly 5 million times! Jeremy has now created a new animated film for Ralph Vaughan Williams’s settings of Housman, On Wenlock Edge, designed for live performance. In the newly refurbished auditorium at St John’s College, we are thril...

Monday 21st October

5:30 PM

55. Beethoven Op. 130: Albion Quartet

Early Evening

21 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The electrifying Albion Quartet - who gave a stunning performance of the Dvořák Piano Quintet with Christopher Glynn at the 2018 Festival - play Beethoven’s late masterpiece, the String Quartet in B flat major Op.130. They perform it with Beethoven’s original finale, the famous ‘Grosse Fuge’, that is still as arresting today as it was when it was first h...

Tuesday 22nd October

5:30 PM

60. The Shepherd on the Rock: Elin Manahan Thomas, Joseph Shiner & Jocelyn Freeman

Early Evening

22 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

One of Schubert’s last works, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (‘The Shepherd on the Rock’) was commissioned in 1828 as a showpiece for the soprano Anna Milder and has remained a popular staple of the repertoire ever since. Renowned soprano Elin Manahan Thomas performs this, in a programme that also includes works by Rossini, other songs by Schubert, and Schumann’s Fantasiest&uum...

Wednesday 23rd October

5:30 PM

65. Schubert Quartet in G: Piatti Quartet

Early Evening

23 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The prize-winning Piatti Quartet, described in the Evening Standard as ‘a young ensemble at its finest’, returns to the Festival to play Schubert’s last string quartet, the expansive and profound Quartet in G D887, written in 1826.   Watch the Piatti Quartet perform the second movement of Haydn't 'Emperor' Quartet: [youtube url=

Thursday 24th October

5:30 PM

71. The Rite of Spring: Owen-Apekisheva Duo

Early Evening

24 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The Owen-Apekisheva Duo gave a stunning performance at last year’s Festival and we are thrilled that they will return for two concerts this year. In the first of these, they perform Debussy’s Épigraphes Antiques, based on the music he had written to accompany Pierre Louÿs’s poems Les Chansons de Bilitis (see 3pm event and 8pm concert). Alongside this, we hear Strav...

Friday 25th October

5:30 PM

75. Visions de L'Amen: Owen-Apekisheva Duo

Early Evening

25 Oct 2019 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

In the second of their concerts this year, the Owen-Apekisheva Duo perform Messiaen’s epic masterpiece for two pianos, Visions de l’Amen. It was written in 1943 and performed in the same year by the composer and his student and future wife, Yvonne Loriod.

Saturday 26th October

4:30 PM

79. Duruflé Requiem: The Choir of Merton College, Olivia Warbuton, Benson Wilson & Rebecca McNaught

Some seating areas sold out

Early Evening

26 Oct 2019 16:30 | Merton College Chapel

The Choir of Merton College, one of Oxford’s leading chapel choirs, performs Duruflé’s wonderful Requiem, alongside short works by Judith Weir and our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. This concert is a popular tradition of the final day of the Festival. We are delighted that the Choir and their Director Benjamin Nicholas will be joined by Olivia Warburton, who so impre...

Thursday 28th November