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Sunday 20th October

10:00 AM

45. Cushion Concerts for Under 5s and Over 5s: Ted Black, Rachel Fright, Catriona Scott

Families & Children

20 Oct 2019 10:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Presented in association with the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building   A fun exploration of music and words, the human voice and the piano, singing and playing, for all the family. This is part of the well-established Cushion Concerts series at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building. The monthly Cushion Concerts introduce a wide variety of music and instruments to children ...

10:00 AM

46. Roderick Williams in Conversation

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Pre-concert Talks

20 Oct 2019 10:00 | Ashmolean Museum

Philip Bullock interviews Roderick Williams on his life, career and favourite music over coffee and pastries, in the beautiful rooftop restaurant of the Ashmolean Museum.

11:00 AM

11am Cushion Concert for Under 5s: Ted Black, Rachel Fright

Families & Children

20 Oct 2019 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Presented in association with the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building   A fun exploration of music and words, the human voice and the piano, singing and playing, for all the family. This is part of the well-established Cushion Concerts series at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building. The monthly Cushion Concerts introduce a wide variety of music and instruments to children ...

11:00 AM

47. Last Supper in Pompeii

Last Few Tickets!

Study Event

20 Oct 2019 11:00 | Ashmolean Museum: Lecture Theatre

Paul Roberts is the Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum and is the curator of their exhibition, Last Supper in Pompeii. He gives a special talk on the exhibition in the Lecture Theatre from 11am, followed by a visit to the exhibition itself from midday. Presented in assocation with the Ashmolean Museum

12:00 PM

12pm Cushion Concert for Over 5s: Ted Black, Rachel Fright

Families & Children

20 Oct 2019 12:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Presented in association with the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building   A fun exploration of music and words, the human voice and the piano, singing and playing, for all the family. This is part of the well-established Cushion Concerts series at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building. The monthly Cushion Concerts introduce a wide variety of music and instruments to children ...

2:30 PM

48. Housman's Myth-Making

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Pre-concert Talks Study Event

20 Oct 2019 14:30 | St John's College Auditorium

Please note this event is FREE for ticketholders of 'On Wenlock Edge' at 3pm.   As part of his attempt to separate his poetry and his profession as a classicist, A. E. Housman downplayed classical references in his verse. Jennifer Ingleheart, Professor of Latin at the University of Durham, explores the significance of some of his classical myths and allusi...

3:00 PM

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

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Chamber Music Early Evening Film Screening

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

This event is now sold out, but tickets are available for the later performance of On Wenlock Edge at 5.30pm (Event 49b).   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 setti...

3:00 PM

Oxford Lieder in Wallingford: Sounding Out Song

Free Events Pre-concert Talks

20 Oct 2019 15:00 | St Peter's Church, Wallingford

Katy Hamilton is one of the most sought-after speakers on music in the UK, and today she gives an introduction to music and poetry intended to dispel any concerns people might have that song is 'not for them'. With a bit of background, some cultural context and tips on how best to approach songs in foreign languages, this talk sets out to demystify 'art song' and promises to be ...

4:00 PM

Oxford Lieder in Wallingford: Der Doppelgänger - Maria Forsström & Matti Hirvonen

Early Evening

20 Oct 2019 16:00 | St Peter's Church, Wallingford

The great Swedish duo of Maria Forsström and Matti Hirvonen present a programme of ghosts and graves. Presented in association with Music at St Peter's Wallingford.   Supported using public funding by Arts Council England   [youtube url=https://youtu.be/8zlBMvyfBL4] 

4:15 PM

50. Music of Ancient Greece

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Pre-concert Talks Study Event

20 Oct 2019 16:15 | St John's College Auditorium

Please note this event is FREE for ticketholders of 'On Wenlock Edge' at 3pm.     Armand D’Angour, Professor of Classics at Jesus College and former professional cellist, discusses the music of ancient Greece: what do we know, how did it sound, and how did words and music interact? Watch 'Rediscovering Ancient Greek Music', introduced by A...

5:30 PM

EXTRA PERFORMANCE - 49b. On Wenlock Edge: Daniel Norman, Sholto Kynoch & Brodsky Quartet

Chamber Music Early Evening Film Screening

20 Oct 2019 17:30 | 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 Colleg...

Monday 21st October

11:15 AM

52. An Arctic Exploration: Ross Griffey

Free Events Pre-concert Talks

21 Oct 2019 11:15 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

Presented in association with the Bodleian Libraries   Ahead of the premiere of his new work this evening, composer Ross Griffey talks about his experiences as an Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries and the inspirations behind his songs of winter journeying and Arctic exploration, in particular the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.    &...

1:05 PM

53. Invitation Au Voyage: Marie-Laure Garnier & Célia Oneto Bensaid

Lunchtime

21 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in association with the Académie Orsay-Royaumont and the Institut Français Royaume Uni   Marie-Laure Garnier returns to the Festival following a sensational performance of Debussy songs in 2018, this time with pianist Célia Oneto Bensaid. Their concert is under the banner of the Académie Orsay-Royaumont, a year-long course for exceptional young d...

3:00 PM

54. In Search of An Ending: Laura Tunbridge

Pre-concert Talks Study Event

21 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

With two masterpieces ahead of us this evening, Laura Tunbridge explores the links, sometimes ignored and sometimes overstated, between Schubert and Beethoven in their final years.

5:30 PM

55. Beethoven Op. 130: Albion Quartet

Chamber Music 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...

Festival Supper

Suppers

21 Oct 2019 18:30 | St Stephen's House

Tuesday 22nd October

10:00 AM

57. Masterclass with Roderick Williams

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Free Events Study Event

22 Oct 2019 10:00 | The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

Roderick Williams works with duos from the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, students from Oxford University Faculty of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. All are welcome.

1:05 PM

58. Shéhérazade: Caitlin Hulcup & Gary Matthewman

Lunchtime

22 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

We are delighted to welcome back the renowned mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup and leading pianist Gary Matthewman. At the heart of their programme is Ravel’s vibrant and evocative Shéhérazade, conjuring the exotic world of the Thousand and One Nights, the Persian king Shahryar and his young bride Scheherazade. Other songs of queens, knights and mystical lands feature, by Schuma...

3:00 PM

59. Knights in Shining Armour

Study Event

22 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

Daniel Godfrey, curator and collaborator on a number of exhibitions in the British Museum, including German Romantic prints and drawings from an English private collection (2011), discusses the imagery of ruins, knights and medieval myth in German Romantic art.

5:30 PM

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

Chamber Music 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...

Festival Supper

Suppers

22 Oct 2019 18:30 | The Vaults and Garden Café

Wednesday 23rd October

11:45 AM

62. Moral Contradictions: Helen Abbott

Study Event

23 Oct 2019 11:45 | Holywell Music Room

Moral Contradictions: Fables and Tales from Baudelaire and La Fontaine. Helen Abbott introduces settings of Baudelaire in song – following the recent culmination of the Baudelaire Song Project – and the Aesop-influenced poems of Jean de la Fontaine, ahead of today's lunchtime concert.

1:05 PM

63. French Fables: Jess Dandy & Sholto Kynoch

Lunchtime

23 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Presented in association with the University of Birmingham   Contralto Jess Dandy, an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, is fast emerging as one of the most exciting young singers today. Her programme features settings of Baudelaire, including the world premiere of a new song by our Associate Composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad. She and Sholto Kynoch also perform settings of the seventeenth-centu...

3:00 PM

64. Fables and Tales: Claire Ward, Guy Murgatroyd, Katherine Astbury & Katherine Hambridge

Study Event

23 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College

PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE OF VENUE (from Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College to Shulman Auditorium, The Queen's College.)   This afternoon's event looks at the fable in France and Germany from the late 17th century through to the Napoleonic era with a focus on La Fontaine, Lessing and Florian - and a nod or two to Aesop of course. This fasc...

5:30 PM

65. Schubert Quartet in G: Piatti Quartet

Chamber Music 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's 'Emperor' Quartet: [youtube url=https://youtu.be/VTydqw...

Festival Supper

Last Few Tickets!

Suppers

23 Oct 2019 18:30 | St Stephen's House

9:30 PM

67. Schubert and the Comedian Harmonists: Schubert & Co.

Late Night

23 Oct 2019 21:30 | The Mad Hatter

In the convivial setting of the Mad Hatter bar on Iffley Road, the male voices of ensemble Schubert & Co. round off our Schubert focus on a high. Sociable drinking songs by Schubert fill the Mad Hatter cocktail bar, alongside uplifting music by the world-famous close harmony group of the ‘20s and ‘30s, The Comedian Harmonists. Tickets include one drink and the bar will b...

Thursday 24th October

10:00 AM

68. Masterclass with Simon Lepper

Free Events

24 Oct 2019 10:00 | Holywell Music Room

Simon Lepper works with students including Oxford Lieder Young Artists. Simon Lepper performs twice on Friday 18 October (with James Newby and Kitty Whately) and with Gweneth Ann Rand at tomorrow's Late Night Concert at SJE. We are delighted that today he will give a masterclass for young pianists and singers, including a duo from the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Full ...

1:05 PM

69. The Rose and the Willow: Mercedes Gancedo & Beatriz Miralles

Lunchtime

24 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Prize-winning Argentinian soprano Mercedes Gancedo and exciting young pianist Beatriz Miralles have been the Young Artists in Residence at the LIFE Victoria Festival in Barcelona. They present songs by the Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge and the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera. At the heart of the programme, the masterful songs of Ginastera’s compatriot Carlos Guastavino, including the...

3:00 PM

70. Les Chansons de Bilitis: Helen Abbott, Gabriella Dall'Olio & Musicians from Faculty of Music

Pre-concert Talks Study Event

24 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College

The erotic poems of Pierre Louÿs’s Les Chansons de Bilitis, which the author falsely claimed were translated from Ancient Greek, inspired several works by Claude Debussy. This is a rare chance to hear his Musique de scene pour les chansons de Bilitis, for two flutes, two harps and celeste, introduced and narrated by Helen Abbott. Musicians from Oxford University's Faculty of M...

5:30 PM

71. The Rite of Spring: Owen-Apekisheva Duo

Chamber Music 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...

Festival Supper

Suppers

24 Oct 2019 18:30 | Keepers Kitchen at Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

Friday 25th October

1:05 PM

73. Solitude: Ilker Arcayürek & Hartmut Höll

Lunchtime

25 Oct 2019 13:05 | Holywell Music Room

Austrian tenor Ilker Arcayürek has been described by The Guardian as ‘in a class of his own’, and Opera Now wrote of him, in their list of Top Ten Rising Stars, as a ‘golden and natural lyric tenor’. We are delighted that he will give his Festival debut with the world-renowned pianist Hartmut Höll. Their all-Schubert programme includes the Beethoven-inspired &l...

3:00 PM

74. Messiaen & Wagner

Pre-concert Talks Study Event

25 Oct 2019 15:00 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

Ahead of an extraordinary trio of concerts this evening, Philip Bullock introduces the music of Messiaen and Wagner and the links between them, in particular exploring Messiaen’s ‘Tristan Trilogy’.

5:30 PM

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

Chamber Music 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.

Festival Supper

Suppers

25 Oct 2019 18:30 | St Stephen's House

10:00 PM

77. Harawi - Song of Love and Death: Gweneth Ann Rand & Simon Lepper

Late Night

25 Oct 2019 22:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Setting his own texts, in the spirit of Wagner and Debussy, Messiaen’s epic song cycle Harawi was inspired by Peruvian folklore and the indigenous Quechuan language. The first of his ‘Tristan Trilogy’ (with echoes of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde), the work explores love that can only be truly fulfilled in death. Gweneth Ann Rand is an acclaimed interpreter of Messiaen and...

Saturday 26th October

11:00 AM

78. The Boy's Magic Horn - Anthony Phelan, Konstantin Krimmel, Doriana Tchakarova, Ben Haggarty & Sherry Robinson

Lunchtime Study Event

26 Oct 2019 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

We explore the Grimm Brothers’ fairy-stories and wonder-tales, and the magical language of Des Knaben Wunderhorn, the collection of folk poetry first published in Heidelberg.  Anthony Phelan will trace the sources and resources that reinvent German language and identity in these Heidelberg years when the Romantic movement pioneered a style for later important song poets. The lunchtim...

4:30 PM

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

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Early Evening Sacred music

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...

Festival Supper

Suppers

26 Oct 2019 18:00 | St Stephen's House

Thursday 28th November

Sunday 1st December

11:00 AM

Oxford Lieder at Fairlight Hall: Felix Kemp sings Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

Lunchtime

01 Dec 2019 11:00 | Fairlight Hall

Felix Kemp and Sholto Kynoch perform Brahms' Vier ernste Gesänge and songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.   To buy tickets, please visit the Fairlight Hall website.