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Friday 14th October

10:30 AM

A Carnival of Pianos: Schumann's early songs

14 Oct 2016 10:30 | Holywell Music Room

Although Schumann was not to write any further songs until 1840, these early songs (dating from 1827-1828) already show a remarkable depth and concision. Tenor Stuart Jackson joins Oxford Lieder's Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, for a rare performance of these works, setting the scene for the Festival. This 30-minute concert is preceded by a talk given by Professor Nicholas Marston of ...

11:30 AM

A Carnival of Pianos: Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 11

14 Oct 2016 11:30 | New College Ante Chapel

Pianist Tim Horton performs Schumann's epic and virtuosic first piano sonata, written between 1832 and 1835 and thus spanning the period from Schumann's ill-fated early engagement to Ernestine von Fricken and his first encounter with the young Clara Wieck. This is part of our A Carnival of Pianos programme. Click here for full details of this event.

12:30 PM

A Carnival of Pianos: Études symphoniques, Op. 13

14 Oct 2016 12:30 | Holywell Music Room

This is part of our A Carnival of Pianos programme. Click here for full details of this event.

2:00 PM

A Carnival of Pianos: Kreisleriana, Op. 16

14 Oct 2016 14:00 | Holywell Music Room

This concert is generously supported by and presented in association with the City Music Foundation This is part of our A Carnival of Pianos programme. Click here for full details of this event.

3:00 PM

A Carnival of Pianos: Carnaval, Op. 9

14 Oct 2016 15:00 | The Sheldonian

This is part of our A Carnival of Pianos programme. Click here for full details of this event.

4:00 PM

A Carnival of Pianos: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26

14 Oct 2016 16:00 | Balliol College Hall

This is part of our A Carnival of Pianos programme. Click here for full details of this event.

5:00 PM

Schools Project Concert

14 Oct 2016 17:00 | The Sheldonian

Over the past weeks and months, local school children have been developing their own song cycle, creating words and music in collaboration with our amazing worshop leaders. Come and support them and be inspired by the wonderful creativity of these young people as they give a performance of their own work, joined by renowned baritone Mark Stone. This event is FREE and all are welcome to atten...

6:00 PM

Festival Chorus Concert

14 Oct 2016 18:00 | University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Members of world-renowned choir The Sixteen with their associate conductor Eamonn Dougan, join our Festival Chorus, who have spent the day in workshops preparing partsongs by Schumann and others which they now present in a short, free concert, to which all are warmly invited.

Saturday 15th October

12:00 PM

Bring & Sing

15 Oct 2016 12:00 | Holywell Music Room

This ia a chance for one and all to tread the boards of the historic Holywell Music Room. Singers of all ages and abilities are welcome to sign up to sing a short selection of songs, and are warmly encouraged to bring friends and family to support. The event is open to all, free of charge. For participants, a pianist is provided if needed, for a small fee. To enquire about taking part in the...

5:30 PM

A Spanish Detour: Lorena Paz Nieto & Johan Barnoin

15 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform attracts an astonishing level of emerging talent; young stars embarking on major careers. Today's duo were clear winners at the auditions, which took place at the Spring Weekend of Song back in March, and they now give recitals around the country under the banner of the Young Artist Platform. This concert is a showcase for these stars of the future, w...

Sunday 16th October

10:45 AM

Schumann's Friends & Followers

16 Oct 2016 10:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

SCHUMANN, HIS FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS: A LITERARY WORLD AND ITS LEGACIES Schumann was inspired by literature throughout his life, and saw no real divide between the world of letters and the world of music. His writings, both musical and literary, inspired a generation of creative intellectuals in Germany and beyond, and engendered a wealth of literary responses in turn. This study day is an op...

1:45 PM

Lyrisches Intermezzo

16 Oct 2016 13:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

A chance to hear Heinrich Heine's complete Lyrisches Intermezzo, his collection of poetry which inspired so many songs. Celebrated Austrian actor Cornelius Obonya - known in particular for his portrayal of Hoffmannsthal's Jedermann ('Everyman') at the Salzburg Festival - reads the collection, with Schumann's settings interspersed, performed in the order in which they appear...

5:30 PM

Summer Nights: Suzanne Fischer & Panaretos Kyriatzidis

16 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

This is the second showcase concert of winners of The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. The Platform attracts an astonishing level of emerging talent; young stars embarking on major careers. Today's duo were clear winners at the auditions, which took place at the Spring Weekend of Song back in March, and they now give recitals around the country under the banner of the Young Artist Platf...

9:45 PM

Re:Sound's 'Duet'

16 Oct 2016 21:45 | The King's Arms: Wadham Room

DUET A new play with music by Robert Schumann “The most interesting thing about the musical genius that is Schumann is that there are two of them…” In spite of opposition, Robert Schumann marries his beloved Clara. Their wedding party is one to remember and, as the anniversaries go by, the couple are determined to keep the magic and music of that occasion alive. How...

Monday 17th October

2:45 PM

Spring Symphony

17 Oct 2016 14:45 | Phoenix Picturehouse

A screening in Oxford's leading independent cinema of the acclaimed 1983 film Frühlingssinfonie, starring Nastassja Kinski as Clara Schumann and Herbert Grönemeyer as Robert.

5:30 PM

Piano Quintet: Gildas String Quartet & Sholto Kynoch

17 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Schumann's piano quintet in E flat, Op. 44, is one of the most popular pieces of the chamber music repertoire, and was an instant hit when it was first performed in 1843. Fast-rising stars, the Gildas Quartet join Festival director Sholto Kynoch for a performance of this most uplifting work. The Gildas Quartet will also be playing at the Ashmolean Museum on 20th October. Click here for ...

9:45 PM

Re:Sound's 'Duet'

17 Oct 2016 21:45 | The King's Arms: Wadham Room

DUET A new play with music by Robert Schumann “The most interesting thing about the musical genius that is Schumann is that there are two of them…” In spite of opposition, Robert Schumann marries his beloved Clara. Their wedding party is one to remember and, as the anniversaries go by, the couple are determined to keep the magic and music of that occasion alive. How...

Tuesday 18th October

11:45 AM

Publishing Schumann

18 Oct 2016 11:45 | Blackwell's Bookshop - The Norrington Room

Peter McMullin, Blackwell's famed music specialist, gives a talk on the publishing history of Schumann's works, a surprising number of which were not published until well into the 20th century. This event is completely free, and there is no need to book; pop in and enjoy an illuminating half hour exploring the emergence and reception of Schumann's music in print.

1:10 PM

Kathleen Ferrier Award Winners

18 Oct 2016 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

This concert is generously supported by the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship Fund The three prize winners of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2015 perform songs and duets by Schumann, Schubert and Mendelssohn, including Schumann's enchanting Mädchenlieder Op. 103 and Mendelssohn's six duets, Op.63. A great chance to hear these superb emerging stars in one of our incr...

2:45 PM

Schumann and the Critics

18 Oct 2016 14:45 | Shulman Auditorium, Queens College

Renowned music critic and writer Hilary Finch, who wrote for The Times for many years, is joined by Richard Wigmore for an afternoon of three talks looking at Schumann's critical writings in the 'Neue Zeitschrift für Musik', the generations of composer-critics who followed him (including Debussy, Berlioz and Wolf), and lastly a look at trends in contemporary music criticism. Th...

5:30 PM

Piano Quartet: The Marlborough Piano Quartet

18 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

This superb chamber group, comprising four eminent musicians, plays Schumann's ecstatic and uplifting Piano Quartet, as well as the Adagio & allegro and Fantasiestücke for cello and piano. An unmissable chamber music experience for anyone immersing themselves in Robert Schumann.

9:45 PM

Pass Holders' Event

18 Oct 2016 21:45 | The Vaults Cafe

A special free event for our Pass holders. Birgid Steinberger accompanies herself on the guitar in stunning German and Austrian folksongs. Those who came to the equivalent evening in 2014 will remember how magical it was. Open to Festival Pass holders only.

Wednesday 19th October

11:45 AM

Clara Schumann, International Star

19 Oct 2016 11:45 | Holywell Music Room

Natasha Loges introduces Clara Schumann, who was arguably better known than her husband in the 1840s, as she toured Europe as one of the great virtuoso pianists. Clara Schumann's complete songs are also heard during the Festival. Natasha Loges' talks are always fascinating and engaging events, and this will be a perfect introduction for anyone wanting to find out a bit more about Cla...

2:30 PM

Sarah Walker: Song Cycle

19 Oct 2016 14:30 | Magdalen Grove Auditorium

In a public masterclass, world-renowned mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker leads four talented young duos through Schumann's Eichendorff Liederkreis, Op.39. Those who remember her survey of Winterreise in 2014 will not want to miss this illuminating afternoon, studying not only the songs themselves, but the art of performance and the challenges in performing a song cycle. The Liederkreis itself,...

5:30 PM

Robert & Clara Piano Trios: Phoenix Piano Trio

19 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Clara Schumann's only piano trio, a fantastic chamber work that deserves to be heard more often, is performed here alongside the second and most exuberant of Robert Schumann's three trios. See the Phoenix Piano Tio for their second concert at the Holywell Music Room on 21st October for their performance of Melndelssohn's piano trio and Niel Gade's Novelleten.

Thursday 20th October

11:30 AM

Brahms & Schumann: Gildas String Quartet & Raphaela Papadakis

20 Oct 2016 11:30 | Ashmolean Museum

This outstanding string quartet performs magical arrangements of Schumann (Op. 107) and Brahms (Ophelia Lieder) by Aribert Reimann for quartet and soprano

3:00 PM

Artists of Schumann's Era

20 Oct 2016 15:00 | Ashmolean Museum

A talk exploring the artists and painters who interested Schumann, both past masters and contemporary inspirations, as well as setting the scene of trends in the European art world at the time. Booking advised.

3:45 PM

Mendelssohn: The Gildas String Quartet & Raphaela Papadakis

20 Oct 2016 15:45 | Ashmolean Museum

The Gildas String Quartet and soprano Raphaela Papadakis return for Aribert Reimann's captivating scoring of songs by Felix Mendelssohn for string quartet and voice. The Gildas Quartet will also be performing on the 17th October at the Holywell Music Room. Click here for full details of this event.

5:30 PM

Woodland Scenes: Tom Poster

20 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Tom Poster, well known to Oxford audiences and a leading soloist and chamber musician, plays Schumann's Waldszenen, nine characterful pieces he wrote in 1848/49, as well as Chopin's Ballade no. 4 in F minor.

Friday 21st October

11:30 AM

Bach Revived Part I

21 Oct 2016 11:30 | New College Ante Chapel

This is the first event of several today exploring the music of Bach and its influence on Schumann and his circle. Today's focus is the Bach revival led by Mendelssohn, supported by Schumann and influential on so many others. Robert Quinney, Organist and Director of the Choir at New College, starts the day in the magnificent chapel at New College with an illustrated lecture on Schumann a...

1:10 PM

Franz Schubert: Andrè Schuen & Daniel Heide

21 Oct 2016 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

One of our concerts this year dedicated to one of Schumann's most revered composers, Franz Schubert. We welcome the sensational young baritone Andrè Schuen and his regular duo partner Daniel Heide for the first time.

2:30 PM

Bach Revived Part II

21 Oct 2016 14:30 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

This afternoon's events are presented in association with the Bodleian Libraries. Following Robert Quinney's lecture this morning, we continue our study day on Bach in the Weston Library. 2.30pm Dr Hannah French explores early performances of the St Matthew Passion and the foundation of the first Bach Societies: Some 90 years after it was last heard in the Thomaskirche in Leipzi...

5:30 PM

Mendelssohn & Gade: Phoenix Piano Trio

21 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Mendelssohn's turbulent C minor piano trio quotes the choral melody 'Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ', also used by Bach. Also included are the five charming Novelleten by Schumann's Danish friend Niels Gade. See the Phoenix Piano Tio for their concert at the Holywell Music Room on 19th October for their performance of Robert and Clara's piano trios.

Saturday 22nd October

2:30 AM

Masterclasses for Amateur Singers

22 Oct 2016 02:30 | Holywell Music Room

12:00 PM

Bring & Sing

22 Oct 2016 12:00 | Holywell Music Room

A chance for one and all to tread the boards of the historic Holywell Music Room. Observers are very welcome to attend this free and varied concert.

5:00 PM

Schumann & Liszt

22 Oct 2016 17:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Alexander Panfilov, an increasingly well-known pianist and recent winner of the prestigious Hastings International Piano Competition, performs the Schumann Fantasie, dedicated to Franz Liszt in 1839, and the mighty B minor Sonata of Liszt, dedicated in mutual admiration to Schumann in 1854. A thrilling exploration of these two legendary pianist-composers, ahead of tonight's performance with...

Sunday 23rd October

10:15 AM

Coffee Morning

23 Oct 2016 10:15 | Ashmolean Museum

Enjoy coffee and cake with poetry and music, at this informal morning in the delightful Ashmolean Dining Room. Chloë Treharne mezzo-soprano Oliver Wass harp Steve Hay reader

12:00 PM

Schumann at the Opera

23 Oct 2016 12:00 | Okinaga Room

12pm - 12.45pm Okinaga Room A discussion of the operas that inspired Schumann, including Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Weber's Der Freischutz by Alexandra Wilson. 1.45pm-2.45pm Holywell Music Room Young Artists of the National Opera Studio perform songs and arias by Schumann, Mozart, Weber and others. For further details, please see the event listing for this recital. The ...

1:45 PM

Young Artists of the National Opera Studio

23 Oct 2016 13:45 | Holywell Music Room

Young Artists of the National Opera Studio perform songs and arias by Schumann, Mozart, Weber and others. This event is included in the ticket for the study day 'Schumann at the Opera' (12pm-3.45pm, £15) or it can be purchased separately for £10.

4:15 PM

Schubert's Harper Songs

23 Oct 2016 16:15 | The Weston Library: Blackwell Hall

Two outstanding students from the Royal College of Music, Kieren Rayner (baritone) & Lucy Colquhoun (piano) perform Schubert's powerful settings of Goethe. Also see exceptional students from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music perform Brahms's Liebeslieder Walzer at the Holywell Music Room on 24th October.

5:30 PM

Heinrich Heine

23 Oct 2016 17:30 | University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Richard Stokes reads and explores the poetry of Heinrich Heine.

Monday 24th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day One

24 Oct 2016 10:00 | Various

Lead tutor: Wolfgang Holzmair Guest tutor: Matti Hirvonen Our residential mastercourses sees exceptional students working with leading musicians, led by Wolfgang Holzmair.

2:45 PM

To The Distant Beloved

24 Oct 2016 14:45 | Holywell Music Room

Peter Aisher (tenor) and Lucy Colquhoun (piano) perform Beethoven's pioneering song cycle An die ferne Geliebte.

3:30 PM

Schumann's Song Cycle

24 Oct 2016 15:30 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

Laura Tunbridge discusses Schumann and the song cycle, a form Schumann took from Beethoven and Schubert and developed in new directions.

4:15 PM

Schola Cantorum

24 Oct 2016 16:15 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

Schola Cantorum of Oxford, the University's longest-established chamber choir, sings Schumann choral works, including settings of Robert Burns, under their director, James Burton.

5:30 PM

Liebeslieder Walzer

24 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Exceptional students from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music perform Brahms's Liebeslieder Walzer, his ever-popular collection of 'long-song waltzes'. Also see two outstanding students from the Royal College of Music perform Schubert's Harper Songs at the Weston Library on 23rd October.

9:45 PM

Re:Sound's 'Duet'

24 Oct 2016 21:45 | The King's Arms: Wadham Room

DUET A new play with music by Robert Schumann “The most interesting thing about the musical genius that is Schumann is that there are two of them…” In spite of opposition, Robert Schumann marries his beloved Clara. Their wedding party is one to remember and, as the anniversaries go by, the couple are determined to keep the magic and music of that occasion alive. How...

Tuesday 25th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Two

25 Oct 2016 10:00 | Various

Lead tutor: Wolfgang Holzmair Today starts with a presentation on the poetry of Heinrich Heine, given by Richard Stokes, exploring a small number of poems in great detail before working with the students over the course of the day. A particularly fascinating mastercourse session for members of the public.

10:30 AM

Masterclass for Music College Applicants

25 Oct 2016 10:30 | Holywell Music Room

Taken by Ian Partridge.

1:10 PM

Schumann & Loewe

25 Oct 2016 13:10 | Headington School: The Hall

Maria Forsström and Matti Hirvonen gave a stunning recital in 2014 and we are delighted that they are able to return this year in a programme including Schumann's Romanzen und Ballanden and Carl Loewe's Frauenliebe und -leben, written four years before Schumann's version.

2:30 PM

Masterclasses for Amateur Singers & Accompanists

25 Oct 2016 14:30 | Various

Taken by Sophie Daneman (soprano) and William Vann (piano) Holywell Music Room & Harris Manchester College Chapel The masterclass with Sophie Daneman is now fully booked but observers are welcome to join the masterclass for free.

Wednesday 26th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Three

26 Oct 2016 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

Lead tutor: Wolfgang Holzmair

11:00 AM

Family Concerts: The Curious Laboratory of Song

26 Oct 2016 11:00 | The Story Museum

Welcome to the Curious Laboratory of Song: a place where tunes are brewed and poems fizz, where unlikely concoctions of sounds and words summon giants and ghostly towns (as well as a prize-winning nose-picker). Make a musical rainstorm, race time itself and coax the jolliest of boatmen back to shore in this interactive storytelling concert, including music by Schubert, Poulenc, Wolf (he doesn&#...

2:00 PM

Family Concerts: The Curious Laboratory of Song

26 Oct 2016 14:00 | The Story Museum

Welcome to the Curious Laboratory of Song: a place where tunes are brewed and poems fizz, where unlikely concoctions of sounds and words summon giants and ghostly towns (as well as a prize-winning nose-picker). Make a musical rainstorm, race time itself and coax the jolliest of boatmen back to shore in this interactive storytelling concert, including music by Schubert, Poulenc, Wolf (he doesn&#...

5:30 PM

Haydn & Mendelssohn: The Doric String Quartet

26 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The Doric String Quartet are especially acclaimed for their performances of Haydn, who was such a strong influence on Schumann's chamber music. They perform Haydn's Quartet in B flat, Op. 64 no. 3 and Mendelssohn's Quartet in E flat, Op. 44 no. 3. See the Doric String Quartet joined with the Tagus String Quartet for their performance of Mendelssohn Octet at Headington School on ...

Thursday 27th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Four

27 Oct 2016 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

Lead tutor: Wolfgang Holzmair Guest tutor: Robert Holl Today begins with a lecture on the poetry of Goethe, before resuming individual coaching sessions with the students.

5:30 PM

Andante & Variations

27 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

A rare chance to hear Schumann's stunning Andante and Variations for horn, two cellos and two pianos, as well as the Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano and songs for voice and cello.

Friday 28th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Five

28 Oct 2016 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

Lead tutor: Wolfgang Holzmair Guest tutor: Julius Drake

10:30 AM

Late Style & Legacy

28 Oct 2016 10:30 | Okinaga Room

As the end of The Schumann Project approaches, Laura Tunbridge leads a fascinating study day on Schumann's later works and on his legacy, including two fantastic concerts featuring singers Aoife Miskelly, Johnny Herford and James Gilchrist. LATE STYLE & LEGACY PART 1 10.30am Welcome and coffee 11am Laura Tunbridge introduces the 'problems' associated with Schumann&...

1:10 PM

Robert, Clara & Johannes: Aoife Miskelly, Johnny Herford & William Vann

28 Oct 2016 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Johannes Brahms burst into the Schumanns' lives in 1853. This concert explores the musical and personal relationships between the three of them, in music and in readings of letters. Please note that this concert also forms part of the study day 'Late Style and Legacy' and is included in the ticket price for the day.

3:15 PM

Late Style and Legacy: Ensemble ISIS

28 Oct 2016 15:15 | Holywell Music Room

Ensemble ISIS, the University of Oxford's contemporary music ensemble, perform Robin Holloway's Fantasy Pieces on the Heine Liederkreis of Schumann, which incorporates a performance of the Op. 24 Liederkeris. Introduced by the composer.

5:30 PM

Late Piano Works: Bengt Forsberg & Christopher Glynn

28 Oct 2016 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Bengt Forsberg plays the Gesänge der Frühe and the haunting Geistervariationen, the theme of which Schumann claimed was given to him by angels. Forsberg is joined by Christopher Glynn for a perofmrnace of Brahms's variations on the same theme, Op. 23.

10:00 PM

Homage to Schumann

28 Oct 2016 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

This wonderful programme includes the two Brahms songs for mezzo and viola, as well as Schumann's Märchenerzählungen ('Fairy tales') for clarinet, viola and piano, and György Kurtág's Hommage à R. Schumann.

Saturday 29th October

11:00 AM

A Schumann Surprise

29 Oct 2016 11:00 | Magdalen Grove Auditorium

This short concert is kept in reserve in case any Schumann songs are missed due to illness. In the happy instance that this is not the case, outstanding young artists will be invited to perform. The programme will be announced shortly before the concert.

12:00 PM

Mastercourse Concert

29 Oct 2016 12:00 | Holywell Music Room

Introduced by Wolfgang Holzmair This concert represents the culmination of an intensive week of song immersion for eighteen exceptional young musicians. Over the week, they work each day with course leader Wolfgang Holzmair as well as other presitigous guest tutors. This concert is always a Festival highlight, with outstanding emerging stars and a richly varied programme. This conce...

4:30 PM

Requiem: Mozart & Schumann

29 Oct 2016 16:30 | Merton College Chapel

On the eve of All Saints, and following last year's tremendously successful Fauré Requiem , the choir of Merton College is joined by outstanding soloists (all alumni of the oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform) to perform movements from the Mozart and Schumann Requiems, both written at the very end of the composers' lives. The programme aso includes the profoundly moving Requiem f...