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Oxford Lieder Festival – Singing Words: Poets and their Songs

The Fourteenth Oxford Lieder Festival – Singing Words: Poets and their Songs – will run from 16-31 October 2015 and will once again bring a glittering array of musicians to Oxford in a diverse and enticing programme
Oxford Lieder continues to develop its well-established programme of projects in local schools and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate

Oxford Lieder Festival 2015 will focus on poets and the words that shape songs, with many programmes devoted to specific poets and a series of related cultural events

Ian Bostridge (Credit Ben Ealovega)

 

The opening recital of the Festival will be given by superstar duo Sarah Connolly and Graham Johnson (16th Oct), who perform Schubert, Brahms and Wolf. Sophie Kartäuser and Eugene Asti (17th Oct) will explore Mörike and Éluard via the music of Wolf, Schumann and Poulenc. Former BBC Cardiff Singer of the World winner Katarina Karnéus and Stephan Loges join Festival director Sholto Kynoch for an evening devoted to settings of Goethe (18th Oct). Other recital highlights include performances given by Elizabeth Watts and Julius Drake (20th Oct), Matthew Rose (30th Oct) and Christoph Prégardien and Roger Vignoles (31st Oct). Anna Stéphany and Sholto Kynoch perform a major new song cycle commissioned by Oxford Lieder from Rhian Samuel (28th Oct), and John Mark Ainsley and Catherine Hopper perform a programme of Shakespeare in Music (21st Oct). The Festival will also feature an event devoted to Mary Stuart, with music by Schumann and new works by Judith Bingham, Eddie McGuire and Dee Isaacs. Imogen Cooper will be Artist in Residence, giving recitals with Wolfgang Holzmair and Henk Neven, as well as a solo performance and masterclasses.

A lunchtime recital series will feature the complete songs of Gabriel Fauré (paired with Schubert songs), with artists including Lucy Crowe (27th Oct) and James Gilchrist (20th Oct). This series will be launched at a lecture-recital weekend with Graham Johnson (17th & 18th Oct), whose series Schubert’s Life & Times was a Festival highlight for many in 2014. There will be a study day on the life and songs of Hector Berlioz (24th Oct), with speakers to include the author of the definitive Berlioz biography, David Cairns.

Chamber, instrumental and choral works, with artists including the Doric String Quartet (20th & 26th Oct), the Phoenix Piano Trio (22nd Oct) and Tom Poster (23rd Oct), will be heard throughout the Festival, in addition to a wide range of talks, readings, and other events. Masterclasses will be given by artists including Robert Holl, Ann Murray and Roger Vignoles. Oxford Lieder continues to develop its well-established programme of projects in local schools and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in the Festival.

Tickets £3 - £42 from www.ticketsoxford.com or telephone 01865 305305

 

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