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The 20th Oxford Lieder Festival: 8–23 October 2021


The 20th Oxford Lieder Festival: 8–23 October 2021

We're delighted to share with you our plans for this year's Oxford Lieder Festival, which will mark the start of a truly spectacular 20th anniversary season.

An astonishing array of artists will appear in more than 80 events, encompassing the great song cycles of Schubert and Schumann, the riches of fin-de-siècle Paris, the epic landscapes of Scandinavia, and the vibrant sphere of American song.

World-leading singers appearing at the Festival include Ian Bostridge, Dame Sarah Connolly, Dietrich Henschel, Thomas Oliemans, Christoph Prégardien, Dorothea Röschmann, Carolyn Sampson, Anna Stéphany, Camilla Tilling, Robin Tritschler and Roderick Williams. The cream of the new generation includes BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 Catriona Morison, Simon Bode, Stuart Jackson, Konstantin Krimmel, and Helen Charlston.

The broad focus of the Festival is on nature: at a time when this has played an increasingly important part in many people’s lives, we are reminded of how many poets and composers have been steeped in and inspired by nature and used it as a metaphor for every aspect of life. This vast range of music and poetry will gently steer the Festival programme, also spilling out of the concert hall into some of Oxford’s unique outdoor spaces, including an exciting collaboration with Oxford Botanic Garden to mark their 400th anniversary.

As well as in-person attendance, the Festival will be live-streamed, allowing audiences around the world to enjoy this thrilling and immersive fortnight of exploration, discovery and inspiration.

Further details will be announced shortly, but we hope this gives you a flavour of the amazing fortnight of song we're planning for 8-23 October. Save the dates!

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