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Festival Passes

Passes are on sale via our booking page and the Box Office: please call 01865 591 276 or email for more information

About the Passes

A Festival Pass is the easiest way to access all concerts and study events at the Oxford Lieder Festival. This year’s Festival Tales of Beyond: Magic, Myths and Mortals takes us on a tour of life, death, and the mysterious areas between and beyond. Sprites and nymphs cause mayhem and mischief, while legends abound, from Greco-Roman sagas to the Lorelei and the Erlking.

Festival passes must be bought in advance, but represent the best value, allowing you to attend all concerts, workshops and talks within the specified time range, with a few exceptions (for some Study and Special Events where capacity is limited, pass-holders will be asked to confirm their attendance in advance). The full Festival and Week Two Passes are also split into Seating Areas A & B, guaranteeing passholders the best seats in the house for events with multiple seating options.

Pass TypeSeating AreaDates valid forPrice
Full FestivalAFriday 11 - Saturday 26 October 2019£730
Full FestivalBFriday 11 - Saturday 26 October 2019£650
Week OneAFriday 11 - Friday 18 October 2019£380
Week TwoASaturday 19 - Saturday 26 October 2019£440
Week TwoBSaturday 19 - Saturday 26 October 2019£380



The different seating areas apply to concerts in the Town Hall and St John the Evangelist, as well as a couple of other venues where Areas A & B are indicated. We will be in touch later in the year to confirm these areas.

Seating Area A - Front Stalls
Seating Area B - Middle Stalls


Passes will be available for collection from the Box Office desk at all events.

Overview of the 2019 Festival


The Festival opens with a spectacular day of Nordic Legends, culminating in a performance of Grieg and Schubert by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with their Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen, soprano Camilla Tilling and bass Neal Davies.

Other artists include the great French baritone Stéphane Degout with pianist Cédric Tiberghien; Tara Erraught with James Baillieu; Christoph Prégardien; Katharina Ruckgaber; Ashley Riches; Ben Johnson with Roger Vignoles; Thomas Oliemans with Malcolm Martineau; Kitty Whately with Simon Lepper; and BBC New Generation Artists Alessandro Fisher and James Newby.

Study days focus on the life and music of Clara Schumann, born 200 years ago, and Carl Loewe, who died 150 years ago and whose position in the history of song is long overdue a major reassessment. There are themed days around magic, ghosts and death, each with fascinating talks and other events incorporated, and some truly spine-tingling programmes.

We celebrate the launch of our final discs in the complete Hugo Wolf edition with a concert given by Katherine Broderick and Marcus Farnsworth. We also welcome our newly-appointed Associate Composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, whose music features in several concerts, including a new work for voice and string quartet.

Chamber music during the week is carefully curated to complement the themes and song programmes of each day, and in Week One this includes performances by the Doric and Gildas Quartets, pianist Martin Sturfält and the Phoenix Piano Trio. The Carice Singers give a late-night performance of Purcell, Gesualdo and Grieg.


The first day of Week Two, Saturday 19 October, is devoted to Franz Schubert, in particular his later works and the impact of death and mortality on his music, with performances from Imogen Cooper, James Gilchrist, Christopher Glynn, Anna Tilbrook and Roderick Williams.

Roderick Williams will be with us for five days, performing Schubert’s three song cycles with pianist Christopher Glynn, in the sparkling English translations by Jeremy Sams. On the days in between, Roderick will hold an ‘in conversation’ event and give a public masterclass for our Young Artists.

A major day devoted to classical mythology takes place in St John’s College and the Ashmolean Museum, concluding with an evening in several spaces across the Museum and including a performance by Benjamin Appl and Graham Johnson.

We are thrilled that two world-acclaimed sopranos will make their first appearances at the Festival this week: Carolyn Sampson with Joseph Middleton, and Dorothea Röschmann with Malcolm Martineau. Other star artists include: Sophie Karthäuser, Stephan Loges and Eugene Asti; Ilker Arcayürek and Hartmut Höll; Caitlin Hulcup; Louise Alder; Marta Fontanals-Simmons; and Daniel Norman.

We welcome prize-winning young artists in international collaborations with Heidelberger Frühling, LIFE Victoria in Barcelona, and the Royaumont Academy. Chamber music performances feature the Brodsky and Piatti Quartets, and the Owen-Apekisheva duo. The Choir of Merton College performs the Duruflé Requiem on the closing afternoon, and Gweneth-Ann Rand performs Messiaen’s visionary Harawi in a late-night concert.

all events can be found on our 2019 festival listing

For enquiries email [email protected] or telephone 01865 591 276 (Mon- Fri 12pm- 5pm)