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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

Sunday 17th October

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1:30 PM

57. Talk: A Route of Evanescence

  • Erica McAlpine

Pre-concert Talks

17 Oct 2021 13:30 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 58: Settings of Emily Dickinson   Erica McAlpine, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford, introduces the poetry of Emily Dickinson, with particular reference to the role played by nature in Dic...

Monday 18th October

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12:00 PM

63. Composer Conversation

  • Tom Coult

Pre-concert Talks

18 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 64.   Composer Tom Coult is an Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries. Oxford Lieder works in partnership with the Bodleian to commission a new work as the culmination of this Fellowship. Ahead of the...

Tuesday 19th October

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12:00 PM

70. Birdsong

  • Lucy Lapwing

Pre-concert Talks

19 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 71. Hark, Hark! The Lark   Naturalist and wildlife lover Lucy Lapwing is well known for her fantastic introductions to different birdsongs on BBC Radio 3. As a prelude to today’s lunchtime recital, she guides us ...

Thursday 21st October

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12:00 PM

86. Mahler's Huts

  • Gavin Plumley

Pre-concert Talks

21 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 87: Nature's Songbook Cultural historian and Mahler expert Gavin Plumley explores how Gustav Mahler needed the peace and space of nature. Retreating to remote Alpine composing huts, he was able to escape the frantic dema...

Friday 22nd October

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12:00 PM

94. Talk: Baudelaire at 200

  • Helen Abbott

Pre-concert Talks

22 Oct 2021 12:00 | Saint John the Evangelist

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 95: Baudelaire in Song Ahead of today’s lunchtime concert, Professor Helen Abbott, a leading Baudelaire scholar and founder of the Baudelaire Song Project, introduces this beguiling poet in his 200th anniversary, ...