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Join us this October as Oxford Lieder, the UK’s biggest festival of song, marks its 20th year with its most ambitious programme to date.

This year’s Festival features more than 100 events, both in-person with a socially distanced audience and livestreamed online, building on the success of two previous online festivals.

World-class singers and pianists, alongside emerging stars, take to the stage for song recitals, complemented by piano, chamber and choral works and several world premieres.

An extensive series of Song Connections events forges links between music, poetry, nature, art, language and science, ensuring multiple access points to the world of song

Streaming tickets start at just £3, with a full Festival streaming pass, providing online access to every event, offering exceptional value at £165.

'All song lovers should buy a pass for the Oxford Lieder Festival... varied, rewarding, engaging.' The Observer, 2021

Friday 8th October

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02. The Miller’s Daughter

  • Simon Lepper
  • Simon Bode

Lunchtime

08 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

1820s Vienna might have been a metropolis of the time but it was a small city by today’s standards and Franz Schubert could walk easily into the hills with their woods and babbling brooks. Nature is everywhere in Schubert’s songs, and in his masterful song cycle  Die schöne Müllerin, water and the colour green are as much lead characters as the love-struck young...

Monday 11th October

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1:00 PM

20. Poèmes pour Mi

  • Marie-Laure Garnier
  • Célia Oneto Bensaid

Lunchtime

11 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This French duo gave a sensational recital at the 2019 Lieder Festival, under the banner of the prestigious Académie Orsay-Royaumont. We welcome them back for a special programme that centres on Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi, an extraordinary cycle of nine songs, paraphrasing texts from the New Testament and dedicated to his wife Claire Delbos. PRACTICAL INFORMATION This...

Tuesday 12th October

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1:00 PM

26. Heine, Schumann & Brahms

  • Marcelo Amaral
  • Konstantin Krimmel

Lunchtime

12 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Konstantin Krimmel is one of today’s most exciting young baritones and was recently appointed a BBC New Generation Artist. With pianist Marcelo Amaral, he performs Schumann’s Liederkreis Op.24, an exquisite collection of settings of Heinrich Heine that follows on from this morning’s Song Connections event. A wonderful group of Brahms songs include further Heine ...

Wednesday 13th October

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32. Brahms, Grieg, Schumann & Lang

  • Malcolm Martineau
  • Catriona Morison

Lunchtime

13 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Catriona Morison shot to fame as winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2017. We welcome her to the Festival with internationally-renowned pianist Malcolm Martineau. They include Grieg’s wonderful six setting of German texts, Op.48, which retain a strong Nordic influence and conclude with the ecstatic ‘Ein Traum’ (‘A Dream’). Alongside this ar...

Thursday 14th October

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1:00 PM

38. The Physician Poet - Schumann's Kerner Lieder

  • Sholto Kynoch
  • Martin Hässler

Lunchtime

14 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Schumann’s Kerner Lieder sets a remarkable cycle of nature-infused poems that are among Schumann’s most personal and affecting songs, written towards the end of his 1840 outpouring of song. The doctor-poet Kerner (see Event 40) writes of his pleasure in the rain and wind of a stormy night, his ‘Wanderlust’, his longing for forests and woods, and he surely ...

Friday 15th October

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44. Dichterliebe

  • Malcolm Martineau
  • Thomas Oliemans

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15 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

Schumann’s Dichterliebe (‘Poet’s love’) is one of the towering glories of the song repertoire. Heinrich Heine’s bittersweet poetry inspired sixteen extraordinary songs, individually perfect and further elevated in Schumann’s pioneering advancement of the song cycle. It is sung today by the Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans, with Malcolm Martineau, and they also ...

Tuesday 19th October

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71. Hark, Hark! The Lark

  • Libby Burgess
  • Ailish Tynan
  • Ian Wilson

Lunchtime

19 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. This uplifting programme based on birdsong is full of surprises! The wonderful soprano Ailish Tynan sings songs by Schubert, Grieg, Handel, Judith Weir and others, with pianist Libby Burgess. Between groups of songs, recorder player Ian Wilson, a renowned soloist and chamber musician, punc...

Wednesday 20th October

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79. Everything Grows Extravagantly

  • Marcus Farnsworth
  • Libby Burgess

Lunchtime

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...

Thursday 21st October

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87. Nature's Songbook

  • Sholto Kynoch
  • Anna Stéphany

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21 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. Described by Gramophone Magazine as a ‘superb, glowing, impassioned mezzo’, Anna Stéphany makes a much-anticipated return to the Festival. The first part of her programme with pianist Sholto Kynoch includes a selection of Mahler songs taken from his Rü...

Friday 22nd October

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95. Baudelaire in Song

  • Mary Bevan
  • Michael Dussek
  • Ashley Riches

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22 Oct 2021 13:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

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 Baudelaire songs with a new work by our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, performed by baritone Ashley Riches and pianist Michael Dussek. Mary Bevan also performs the best-known set o...

Saturday 23rd October

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2:00 PM

102. Mastercourse Recital

Lunchtime

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

The sixteen students who have been studying intensively across this week present their final concert, with a programme that is selected and introduced by course leader Joan Rodgers. This concert is always a highlight of the Festival. Those who have followed the students across the week will enjoy seeing their progress and in-depth learning. Equally, those who hear them for the first time will b...