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Friday 20th October

1:10 PM

The End of Romanticism: Caitlin Hulcup & Lada Valesová

Lunchtime

20 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

This programme features songs from the very height of Romanticism: richly tonal early Schoenberg, Berg’s Seven Early Songs and songs by Zemlinsky and Korngold. Mezzo Caitlin Hulcup, recently described as ‘magnificent’ by the Guardian, and pianist Lada Valešová also include a handful of songs by Egon Wellesz, an Austrian Jewish émigré composer who se...

3:00 PM

Mahler's Legacy: Schoenberg and Beyond?

Free Events Study Event

20 Oct 2017 15:00 | Blackwell's Bookshop - The Norrington Room

Mahler broke musical barriers, enabling a younger generation of Viennese Jewish composers. Highly respected author, curator and historian Michael Haas explores those composers freed by Mahler's influence, and asks whether there is a direct line to be drawn between Mahler and the Second Viennese School.    Standing places will also be available on the day

5:30 PM

Korngold Quintet: Liebeck, Carroll, Forsberg

Chamber Music Early Evening

20 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

The great Swedish pianist and Korngold enthusiast Bengt Forsberg returns with a team of world-class string players to perform Korngold’s Piano Quintet, Op.15, one of the most important works of his output. Star violinist Jack Liebeck, well known to Oxford audiences as the artistic director of Oxford May Music, also plays the wonderful Much Ado about Nothing suite for violin and ...

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

20 Oct 2017 18:30 | St Stephen's House

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Saturday 21st October

9:30 AM

Masterclass Day

Participation Events

21 Oct 2017 09:30 | Headington School: The Music School

This is an immersive day of masterclasses for enthusiastic amateur singers led by highly renowned artists. Each participant will receive 30 minutes of individual coaching and will also gain from observing fellow participants' sessions throughout the day an accompanist will be available, and a light lunch is also provided.  These masterclass are mixed level and anyone may apply. two ...

11:00 AM

Mahler: A life in Song Part II

Study Event

21 Oct 2017 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

  The second of Gavin Plumley’s two study days surveying Mahler’s life and songs, presented in association with the Mahler Society. See also Saturday 14.  Joined by an exceptional team of musicians, these lecture-recitals will guide us through Mahler's life, exploring his life, songs and surroundings in depth.  11am Welcome coffee 11.30am Lecture-recit...

11:00 AM

Masterclass for Music College Applicants

Participation Events

21 Oct 2017 11:00 | Holywell Music Room

Robin Bowman leads a class for those aspiring to study music at college. Click here for details on taking part.    Free to observers.   To book a performance place, please buy a ticket. Sophie will be in touch within 5 working days from receipt of your booking. If you have any questions prior to making a booking, please email her at [email protected]

5:00 PM

Showcase Recital: Joel Williams, James Atkinson & Joao Araujo

Chamber Music Early Evening

21 Oct 2017 17:00 | Holywell Music Room

Three outstanding young musicians give this year’s Royal College of Music platform recital, including works by Brahms and settings of Rückert by Schumann. 

10:00 PM

Motets at Merton

Late Night Sacred music

21 Oct 2017 22:00 | Merton College Chapel

One of Oxford's finest chapel choirs presents a programme of motets by Brahms and composers he would have conducted as director of the Wiener Singakademie, including Schütz, Gabrieli and Bach. Also included is a rare arrrangement of Mahler's 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen' from the Rückert Lieder.   

Sunday 22nd October

11:15 AM

Mahler: Reader, Thinker, Composer

Study Event

22 Oct 2017 11:15 | The Weston Library: Lecture Theatre

Mahler has been celebrated since his own day not just for his musical gifts, but also for his wide-ranging literary and intellectual interests. This Study Day will explore the world of the mind behind the music, focusing particularly on the songs which are an equal legacy to his symphonies. Talks by expert researchers will cover topics such as his choice of texts, the poets who inspired him, th...

1:45 PM

Mahler: Reader, Thinker, Composer: Christina Sidak & Deirdre Brenner

Lunchtime

22 Oct 2017 13:45 | Holywell Music Room

As part of our study day, Mahler: Reader, Thinker, Composer, Christina Sidak, one of Austria’s most exciting young mezzos, and superb American pianist Deirdre Brenner perform songs by Gustav and Alma Mahler, and other repertoire that features in the day’s discussions, including songs by Schubert and Schumann. 

5:30 PM

From Vienna to Moscow: Michael Mofidian & Keval Shah

Early Evening

22 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Bass-baritone Michael Mofidian and Keval Shah gave an exceptional recital at the Spring Weekend of Song auditions for the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platforms. They were clear winners (joint with Peter Harris and Hamish Brown, who give their showcase recital on Satuday 14 October) and today give their Festival recital in a programme that takes us from Vienna to Moscow via Helsinki with son...

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

22 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Monday 23rd October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day One

Free Events Mastercourse

23 Oct 2017 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

We are thrilled to welcome the internationally celebrated mezzo- soprano Ann Murray to lead this year’s residential Mastercourse. Each day the students also work with a renowned guest tutor, and observers are free to move between these fascinating sessions.  Ann Murray Britten Room, Headington School   1000 Maria Ladurner (soprano) & Barbara Sattler 1035 Rac...

1:10 PM

Franz Schubert: Alessandro Fisher & Sholto Kynoch

Lunchtime

23 Oct 2017 13:10 | Headington School: The Hall

Alessandro Fisher, one of today’s most exciting young tenors, was joint first-prize winner at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2016. Also a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist, he presents an all-Schubert programme with Sholto Kynoch, including settings of poems by Schubert’s great friend Johann Mayrhofer, and songs on one of Schubert's favourite themes: water.

5:30 PM

Brahms and Zemlinsky: Piatti String Quartet, Johnston, Papadakis

Chamber Music Early Evening

23 Oct 2017 17:30 | Headington School: The Hall

Brahms's two string sextets are epic works of the chamber music repertoire. The second of them, Op.36 in G, is presented here with Zemlinsky's rarely-heard but beautiful song for soprano and string sextet, Maiblumen blühten überall. We are delighted to welcome the Piatti String Quartet to the Festival for the first time. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

23 Oct 2017 18:30 | St Stephen's House

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

9:30 PM

Late-Night Salon

Chamber Music Late Night

23 Oct 2017 21:30 | The Mad Hatter

The second part of the Piatti Quartet’s evening in Oxford is in a very different setting: our own ‘salon’, where the bar will be open and you’ll hear Schoenberg’s striking Second String Quartet alongside a seemingly opposing side of his character in the form of his mischievous and sometimes outrageous cabaret songs. We also present the world premiere of a new work ...

Tuesday 24th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Two

Mastercourse

24 Oct 2017 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

We are thrilled to welcome the world-famous mezzo-soprano Ann Murray to lead this year's residential Mastercourse. Each day the students also work with a renowned guest tutor, and observers are free to move between these fascinating sessions.  Richard Jackson Britten Room, Headington School   1000 Teng Xiang Ting (soprano) & Victor Lim 1035 Georg Klimbacher (b...

1:10 PM

The Distant Beloved: James Newby & Eugene Asti

Lunchtime

24 Oct 2017 13:10 | Headington School: The Hall

James Newby, joint winner of last year's Kathleen Ferrier Awards, performs some of Mahler's songs from the 1880s alongside Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, the first true song cycle. 

5:30 PM

Mahler & Brahms Piano Quartets: Urioste, Hernandez, van der Heijden, Poster

Chamber Music Early Evening

24 Oct 2017 17:30 | Headington School: The Hall

Mahler’s only chamber work is his single-movement Piano Quartet in A minor, a haunting work that belies the composer’s youth: it was first performed just after Mahler's 16th birthday. It is heard here alongside Brahms’s A major Piano Quartet, a work of uplifting grandeur, performed by three exceptional string players and renowned pianist Tom Poster.

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

24 Oct 2017 18:30 | St Stephen's House

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Wednesday 25th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Three

Mastercourse

25 Oct 2017 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

We are thrilled to welcome the world-famous mezzo-soprano Ann Murray to lead this year's residential Mastercourse. Each day the students also work with a renowned guest tutor, and observers are free to move between these fascinating sessions.  Ann Murray Britten Room, Headington School   1000 Maria Ladurner (soprano) & Barbara Sattler 1040 Klaudia Tandl (mezzo...

5:30 PM

Spring Sonatas: Sophie Rosa & Sholto Kynoch

Chamber Music Early Evening

25 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

Richard Strauss’s uplifting Violin Sonata in E flat, Op.18, was written in 1887–8, the early years of his romance with his future wife, Pauline. It is coupled with Beethoven’s equally sunny 'Spring' Sonata, played here by prize-winning violinist Sophie Rosa. Watch a video of Sophie Rosa performing Fritz Kreisler with Sholto Kynoch below.  [youtube url=https:...

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

25 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Thursday 26th October

10:00 AM

Mastercourse Day Four

Mastercourse

26 Oct 2017 10:00 | Headington School: The Music School

We are thrilled to welcome the world-famous mezzo-soprano Ann Murray to lead this year's residential Mastercourse. Each day the students also work with a renowned guest tutor, and observers are free to move between these fascinating sessions.  John Mark Ainsley Britten Room, Headington School   1000 Eira Sjaastad Huse (mezzo) & Olga Jørgensen 1040 Wu He...

1:10 PM

Italian Songbook: Alison Rose, Marcus Farnsworth & James Cheung

Lunchtime

26 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Hugo Wolf’s 46 settings of Italian poetry, translated by Paul Heyse, are among the most perfect gems of the song repertoire, by turn humorous, bitter and tender. Heard as a single songbook, they allow a remarkable dialogue to emerge between the two singers, who inhabit an array of characters.  Please note this concert will last approx. 75 minutes without interval. 

5:30 PM

Brahms & Schubert duets: Tom Poster & Sholto Kynoch

Chamber Music Early Evening

26 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

A recital of piano duets, featuring Brahms' exuberant Waltzes, Op. 39, a tribute to his adopted city of Vienna, and Schubert's miraculous Variations in A flat, D813. 

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

26 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

Friday 27th October

11:30 AM

Revolution in Russia

Study Event

27 Oct 2017 11:30 | Okinaga Room

100 years on from the Russian Revolution, Philip Ross Bullock leads a study day exploring Russian song, both its general history and in relation to the Revolution. A fascinating opportunity for those who wish to learn more about this rich musical tradition.  11.30am - 12.15pm - Rebecca Mitchell explores the lives of composers, performers and music-lovers in the decades running up to the...

1:10 PM

Russian Romances: Katherine Broderick & Sergey Rybin

Lunchtime

27 Oct 2017 13:10 | Holywell Music Room

Katherine Broderick and Sergey Rybin give a programme of passionate Russian song, including works by Mussorgsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov and others, as part of our day exploring the Russian Revolution of 1917.  This event is part of a day exploring Russian song in the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The schedule for the day is as follows: 11.30am - 12.15pm - Revolution In Russia...

5:30 PM

1917: The Last Flowering: Alexander Karpeyev

Chamber Music Early Evening

27 Oct 2017 17:30 | Holywell Music Room

This thrilling pianist, increasingly noted as an interpreter of the Russian 'Silver Age', performs works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and others, written between 1911 and 1917, including Stravinsky's virtuosic arrangement from Petrushka.  This event is part of a day exploring Russian song in the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The schedule for the day is as follows: ...

6:30 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

27 Oct 2017 18:30 | The Vaults Cafe

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between. 

10:00 PM

Rachmaninov: Ilona Domnich & Sholto Kynoch

Late Night

27 Oct 2017 22:00 | New College Ante Chapel

The wonderful Russian soprano Ilona Domnich gives a late-night, candle-lit performance of songs by Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov was a prolific song composer, setting texts by numerous authors, but he left Russia on the eve of the Revolution and never wrote another song.  This event is part of a day exploring Russian song in the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The schedule for the day i...

Saturday 28th October

12:00 PM

Mastercourse Concert

Mastercourse

28 Oct 2017 12:00 | Holywell Music Room

At the end of an immersive week of study and preparation, led by Ann Murray with a team of prestigious guest tutors, nine outstanding duos present the fruits of their labours in a delightfully varied programme that is always a Festival highlight. The concert will be in two parts with a one-hour lunch interval 

4:30 PM

A German Requiem

Early Evening Sacred music

28 Oct 2017 16:30 | Saint John the Evangelist

Brahms’s own arrangement of Ein deutsches Requiem, for piano four-hands accompaniment, is performed by one of Oxford’s leading chamber choirs as All Souls’ Day approaches, a recent and extremely popular tradition- in-the-making at the Festival. 

6:00 PM

Festive Supper

Suppers

28 Oct 2017 18:00 | St Stephen's House

A special supper is arranged for Festival-goers that allows time to take in both evening recitals and enjoying a hot meal in a sociable environment in between.