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Friday 8th October

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11:00 AM

01. James Rebanks, Jess Dandy and Martin Roscoe: A Cumbrian Idyll

  • Gavin Plumley
  • Jess Dandy
  • Martin Roscoe
  • James Rebanks

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Song Futures

08 Oct 2021 11:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

To start the Festival, we put a best-selling author-shepherd, a brilliant young singer and a world-renowned pianist in a room to talk about if and where landscape, music, lambing and poetry overlap. Each with roots in Cumbria, these three artists, in conversation with Gavin Plumley, ask and challenge what we mean by ‘pastoral’, and explore how a landscape has shaped their own c...

Tuesday 12th October

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10:00 PM

30. Isolation Songbook

  • Helen Charlston
  • Alexander Soares
  • Michael Craddock

Song Futures

12 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Song Futures is Oxford Lieder’s programme to perform and commission new music. This year we have a dedicated series of eight late-night Song Futures concerts, Tuesdays to Fridays in both weeks of the Festival. They are by no means the only performances of music by living composers in the Festival, nor are they exclusively contemporary music in all cases, but new music is their strong focu...

Wednesday 13th October

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3:15 PM

31b. The Brilliant Abyss (part 2)

  • Katy Hamilton
  • Harriet Burns
  • Cole Knutson
  • Helen Scales
  • Laurence Crane

Song Futures

13 Oct 2021 15:15 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This event is in two parts; one ticket covers both sessions. 31a: 11am - 12pm, The Brilliant Abyss part 1 31b: 3.15pm - 4.15pm, The Brilliant Abyss part 2 Please see 31a: The Beautiful Abyss part 1 for ticket information​   For the second part of today’s Song Connections event, Katy Hamilton and Helen Scales are joined by composer Laurence Crane...
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5:45 PM

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

  • Lotte Betts-Dean
  • Armida Quartet

Song Futures

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 ...
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10:00 PM

36. Juliet Fraser & Mark Knoop: Natural World

  • Mark Knoop
  • Juliet Fraser

Song Futures

13 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Eighty years ago, in 1941, American marine biologist Rachel Carson published the first book in what grew to become her Sea Trilogy. Struck by Carson's distinctive voice, which endures as a beautifully poetic yet urgent clarion call in defence of the natural world, soprano Juliet Fraser launched 'The Carson Commissions'. This programme presents two brand-new works, receiving their UK...

Thursday 14th October

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10:00 PM

42. Brief Encounter

  • Fleur Barron
  • Natalie Burch
  • Dominic Sedgwick

Song Futures

14 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Tonight’s Song Futures recital features the first of a number of works heard this year by our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Her One Life Stand, performed tonight by mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, was written in 2011 as a companion piece to Schumann’s Frauenliebe (see Event 39). It sets texts by Sophie Hannah that ‘portray a modern woman’s loves and life’ and...

Friday 15th October

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10:00 PM

49. Rowan Hellier: wom3n

  • Sholto Kynoch
  • Rowan Hellier

Song Futures

15 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Our first week of Song Futures recitals concludes with the work of three women composers: Judith Weir, the first female Master of the Queen’s Music; trailblazing Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth; and the exciting young composer and founder of Multi-Story Orchestra, Kate Whitley. Tonight we premiere a newly-commissioned work by Kate Whitley, setting a text by Hollie McNish, winner of t...

Saturday 16th October

Sunday 17th October

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2:45 PM

58. Emily Dickinson's Nature Songbook

  • Nadine Benjamin
  • Nicole Panizza

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Song Futures

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

Ahead of this event there is a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders. Click here for more details. Nadine Benjamin and Nicole Panizza released their CD of Emily Dickinson settings, ‘Emergence’, in 2019 to great acclaim. The focal point of today’s programme, as on that recording, is Aaron Copland’s Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, written in 1949/50. These ri...

Monday 18th October

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12:00 PM

63. Composer Conversation

  • Tom Coult

Song Futures

18 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. Watch this conversation live at 12:00, or afterwards on demand. The livestream will be available to view on this page (no ticket required). Please refresh this page at 12:00 to view the livestream. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have pu...
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1:00 PM

64. Clippings and Fragments

  • Anna Dennis
  • John Reid

Song Futures

18 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Ahead of this event there is a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders. Click here for more details. Presented in partnership with the Bodleian Libraries, Anna Dennis and John Reid give the world premiere of a new work by Tom Coult. Written during Tom’s Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship, the work is inspired by the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera in the Bodliean. As a c...
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5:45 PM

67. Inventions

  • Adam Swayne

Song Futures

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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5:45 PM

74. VENUE AND ARTIST CHANGE On the River

  • James Gilchrist
  • Jocelyn Freeman
  • Ben Goldsheider

Song Futures

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 ...
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10:00 PM

76. The Hermes Experiment: I Find Planets

  • Hermes Experiment

Song Futures

19 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The Hermes Experiment make a welcome return after their sensational performance in last year’s Festival. With their unique, rich sound-world of voice, clarinet, harp and double bass, the ensemble performs works by Nicola LeFanu, Errollyn Wallen, Eleanor Alberga and others. They include a new work by Tom Coult (see Event 64), I Find Planets, with an unusual text based on the Twitterbot &ls...

Wednesday 20th October

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12:00 PM

78. Composer Conversation

  • Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Song Futures

20 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. Watch this conversation live at 12:00, or afterwards on demand. The livestream will be will be available to stream online from this page for free and NOT accessed through our Digital Concert Hall. SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE TO VIEW THE LIVESTREAM. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have ...
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1:00 PM

79. Everything Grows Extravagantly

  • Marcus Farnsworth
  • Libby Burgess

Song Futures

20 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Ahead of this event there is a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders. Click here for more details. We are thrilled to present Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new song cycle, Everything Grows Extravagantly. The cycle is a co-commission between Oxford Lieder and the Oxford Botanic Garden in celebration of our 20th anniversary and the Garden’s 400th, and sets specially-written texts by p...
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10:00 PM

84. dream.risk.sing

  • Lana Bode
  • Samantha Crawford

Song Futures

20 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

dream.risk.sing is a brilliantly conceived programme that elevates the voices of modern women, telling stories that are not traditionally related in song. It includes the world premiere of a new song cycle by composer Charlotte Bray and poet Nicki Jackowska, Crossing Faultlines, exploring women’s professional experiences of mentorship, discrimination and ambition. The concert also fe...

Thursday 21st October

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10:00 PM

92. Dirty Minds

  • Olivia Vermeulen
  • Jan Philip Schulze

Song Futures

21 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

The ‘wonderfully luminous and captivating’ mezzo Olivia Vermeulen and distinguished pianist Jan Philip Schulze write of their Dirty Minds programme: ‘The topic: eroticism, lust, sex, power and violence, prostitution and murder, and all areas in the high-voltage field in between, set to music, complex and extremely topical… The fact that erotic abysses, desires...

Friday 22nd October

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1:00 PM

95. Baudelaire in Song

  • Michael Dussek
  • Ashley Riches
  • Sophie Bevan

Song Futures

22 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Regretfully Mary Bevan has had to withdraw from this recital. We are delighted that Sophie Bevan will take her place for a programme that remains largely as previously advertised. Charles Baudelaire, born 200 years ago this year, was one of the most influential French poets, though perhaps not as prevalent in the song repertoire as might be expected. Today, we add to the canon of Baudel...
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5:45 PM

98. Songs of Innocence and Experience

  • Julien Van Mellearts
  • Lucy Colquhoun

Song Futures

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...
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10:00 PM

100. Roderick Williams & Tom Randle: Singing Composers

  • Sholto Kynoch
  • Roderick Williams
  • Tom Randle

Song Futures

22 Oct 2021 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

Is this a world first? Two exceptional singers who are also widely admired composers perform a programme entirely of their own and each other’s music. This concert includes several world premiere performances and a number of duets. A thrilling way to draw our Late-Night Song Futures series to a close. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY Roderick perfoming Ireland at the Leeds Lieder Festival ...

Saturday 23rd October

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11:00 AM

101. Jonathan Dove: The Passing of the Year

  • Oxford Choir of the Queen’s College
  • Ted Black
  • Jonathan Dove

Song Futures

23 Oct 2021 11:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Regretfully, Nicky Spence has withdrawn from this performance. We are grateful to Ted Black for stepping in at short notice. The programme is unchanged. Jonathan Dove is one of today’s most celebrated composers and we are delighted not only to present a concert entirely of his music, but also to welcome him as the pianist for this concert. He will be joined by the tenor Ted Black for a...