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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

Tuesday 12th October

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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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36. 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...

Thursday 21st October

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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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10:00 PM

100. 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.   PRACTICAL INFORMATION This event is an in-person and livestreamed even...