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Friday 8th October

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05. Robert Murray & Robin Tritschler: To His Love

  • Robert Murray
  • Robin Tritschler
  • Simon Over

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08 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This dramatised recital brings the fascinating but troubled personality of poet and composer Ivor Gurney to life. Created by writer, broadcaster and Gurney biographer Kate Kennedy (see Event 3), To His Love poignantly illustrates the terrible effects of war and Gurney’s subsequent incarceration in an asylum and enforced separation from his beloved Gloucestershire. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY...

Saturday 9th October

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10. Fenella Humphreys & Martin Roscoe: Master & Pupil

  • Martin Roscoe
  • Fenella Humphreys

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09 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Festival has a strong strand of chamber music that complements the themes and songs of particular days. In this first chamber recital, we hear two dazzling violin sonatas by Saint-Saëns and his distinguished student Gabriel Fauré, performed by this exceptional duo. Both sonatas are passionate, profound and virtuosic, and although the master-pupil influence is audible, each inhab...

Sunday 10th October

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16. A Swedish Sensation

  • Lotte Betts-Dean
  • Stenhammar Quartet

Rush Hour

10 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Stenhammar Quartet is one of Sweden’s leading ensembles, with a particularly strong reputation for performing Scandinavian chamber music. There are no better exponents of the string quartets of Wilhelm Stenhammar, which are counted among the composer’s finest works. Today they perform his magnificent fourth quartet. It was completed in 1907 and dedicated to Jean Sibelius, and it...

Monday 11th October

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23. French Connections

  • Kaëlig Boché
  • Elenora Pertz

Rush Hour

11 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This concert is presented in association with the Académie Orsay-Royaumont, a leading training programme in France for exceptional young duos. The multi prize-winning French tenor Kaëlig Boché and Italian-American pianist Elenora Pertz are already making great waves, and today they bring a colourful programme of songs by Saint-Saëns, Poulenc and Zemlinsky. TRY ...

Tuesday 12th October

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28. Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy: Schubert Fantasie

  • Samson Tsoy
  • Pavel Koleniskov

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12 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

  Both renowned in their own rights as soloists, Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy are also an exceptional duo whose early lockdown recital at Wigmore Hall was described in The Guardian as having a ‘quietly electrifying intimacy’ in a 5-star review. Today, they play an all-Schubert programme, including the most famous of all his piano duets, the Fantasie in F minor. ...

Wednesday 13th October

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34. Lotte Betts-Dean & Armida Quartet: Madame ma bonne soeur

  • Lotte Betts-Dean
  • Armida Quartet

Rush Hour

13 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

We are thrilled to present the world premiere of a co-commissioned new work for quartet and voice by Brett Dean, one of the most sought-after composers today. Brett Dean’s opera Hamlet, premiered at Glyndebourne in 2017, was a sensation, described by The Sunday Times as ‘the operatic event of the year’. This new piece, Madame ma bonne soeur, draws on texts ...

Thursday 14th October

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40. Dutch Connections

  • Raoul Steffani
  • Lucie Horsch

Rush Hour

14 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This concert is presented in association with the Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist in the Netherlands, one of our international partners with whom we exchange Young Artists. Their Festival will include a recital given by winners of our Young Artist Platform, and today we welcome a young baritone and pianist from them. Raoul Steffani already has a burgeoning reputation as an exc...

Friday 15th October

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47. Spanish Connections

  • Helena Ressurreição
  • Esta Lecha

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15 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This is the last of our international partnership concerts, presented in association with the LIFE Victoria Festival in Barcelona. Portuguese mezzo-soprano Helena Ressurreição and Catalan pianist Ester Lecha include Manuel de Falla’s famous ‘Seven Spanish Folksongs’ alongside music by the notable Catalan composer Eduard Toldrà and the Spanish-French compos...

Saturday 16th October

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53. Dover Beach

  • Matthew Rose
  • The Albion Quartet

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16 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Dover Beach is one of the great works for voice and string quartet. It is an early work of the American composer Samuel Barber, setting the English poet Matthew Arnold. Barber looked back on Dover Beach throughout his life with affection, considering it one of his few early works that displayed real maturity. It is played this evening by the dazzling Albion Quartet with eminent bass Matthew Ros...

Sunday 17th October

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60. Contrasts

  • Tim Horton
  • Julian Bliss
  • Alexander Sitkovestsky

Rush Hour

17 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This stellar trio of musicians perform Béla Bártok’s effervescent Contrasts, written in 1938 and commissioned by the legendary jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman. They also include music by the toweringly influential American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, and Antonín Dvořák, who spent nearly four years in New York, where he wrote some of his best-...

Monday 18th October

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67. Inventions

  • Adam Swayne

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18 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Adam Swayne is a pianist and composer, acclaimed in particular for his interpretations of contemporary works, both as a soloist and a member of Riot Ensemble. He gives today’s second world premiere of a work by composer Tom Coult, his Gymnopédies, written during the 2020 lockdown. Adam also plays Tom Coult’s dazzling Inventions. To complete the programme he per...

Tuesday 19th October

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74. VENUE AND ARTIST CHANGE On the River

  • James Gilchrist
  • Jocelyn Freeman
  • Ben Goldsheider

Rush Hour

19 Oct 2021 17:45 | Saint John the Evangelist

Please note: This event has changed venue and will now be held at St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road. Stuart Jackson has regretfully had to withdraw from this recital. We are very grateful to the renowned tenor James Gilchrist for stepping in at short notice.   Schubert’s ‘Auf dem Strom’ (‘On the River’) is written for the unusual combination ...

Wednesday 20th October

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82. Barcarolle

  • Charles Owen

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20 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Pianist Charles Owen has been described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘one of the finest pianists of his generation’, and this year he celebrates his 50th birthday with a series of concerts and recordings. His programme today includes Chopin’s Barcarolle, inspired by the songs of Venetian gondoliers, Schumann's Arabesque, and selections from Liszt’s&n...

Friday 22nd October

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98. Songs of Innocence and Experience

  • Julien Van Mellearts
  • Lucy Colquhoun

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22 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Regretfully, James Gilchrist has had to withdraw from this recital. Since the advertised programme included the  world premiere of a new commission by Eric McElroy, we have decided to postpone this performance. In its place, we are delighted to welcome back New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts, Winner of the 2017 Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and t...