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
- Robert Murray
- Robin Tritschler
- Simon Over
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.
- Martin Roscoe
- Fenella Humphreys
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...
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...
- Kaëlig Boché
- Elenora Pertz
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.
- Samson Tsoy
- Pavel Koleniskov
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.
- Lotte Betts-Dean
- Armida Quartet
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 ...
- Raoul Steffani
- Lucie Horsch
14 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
This concert is presented in association with the International 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 exce...
- Helena Ressurreição
- Esta Lecha
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...
- Matthew Rose
- The Albion Quartet
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...
- Tim Horton
- Julian Bliss
- Alexander Sitkovestsky
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-...
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...
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...
- Stuart Jackson
- Jocelyn Freeman
- Ben Goldsheider
19 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
Schubert’s ‘Auf dem Strom’ (‘On the River’) is written for the unusual combination of tenor, horn and piano. It is performed tonight by star tenor Stuart Jackson, his long-standing duo partner Jocelyn Freeman, and the YCAT hornist Ben Goldscheider. Stuart and Jocelyn also include carefully chosen songs by Ivor Gurney and Amy Beach, alongside songs about the seasons...
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’. His programme today includes Chopin’s Barcarolle, inspired by the songs of Venetian gondoliers, and selections from Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage (‘Years of Pilgrimage’) that were inspired by, in this case, Sw...
- James Gilchrist
- Eric McElroy
22 Oct 2021 17:45 | Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
This is the last of a number of events this week presented in partnership with Merton College. Eric McElroy is a doctoral candidate at Merton, and is a prize-winning pianist and widely-performed composer. He is joined by the renowned tenor James Gilchrist to perform his own work: After the Voices: Six Poems of W.S. Merwin and the world premiere of a new commission, setting Alice Oswal...