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Format: 2019-10-15
Format: 2019-10-15
  • 17 October 2019 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Mozart's Journey to Prague
    Jonathan Stone, Lucy Hall, Sholto Kynoch
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    In November 1787, Mozart returned triumphant to Prague for the premiere of Don Giovanni. His trip there was brought colourfully to life by Eduard Mörike in his famous novella Mozart’s Journey to Prague. For this concert, the great A major violin sonata K 526, written at the same time as Don Giovanni, and songs of the same period are heard within an abridged retelling of Mörike’s capricious story.

  • 17 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Things that go bump in the night: Songs by Hugo Wolf
    Katherine Broderick, Marcus Farnsworth, Sholto Kynoch
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    The final discs of our world-first project to record the complete songs of Hugo Wolf are released this year. To celebrate this, we bring two leading artists from the series in a programme of Wolf’s songs of elves, ghosts, sprites and mythical figures: by turns exciting, witty and moving, and always with Wolf’s trademark genius for word painting. The poetry of Eduard Mörike – explored across today’s events – features prominently, alongside settings of Eichendorff and Goethe.

  • 18 October 2019 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Nature's Beauty: James Newby and Simon Lepper
    James Newby, Simon Lepper
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    The exceptional young baritone James Newby, a current BBC New Generation Artist, joins Simon Lepper for a programme full of flora and fauna, including Poulenc’s witty Le bestiare and songs by Brahms, Schubert, Mahler and Finzi.

    Presented in association with BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists

  • 18 October 2019 - 5:45pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Carola Darwin (soprano) and Gildas Quartet
    Carola Darwin, Gildas Quartet
    Oxford University Museum of Natural History Oxford OX1 3PW
    United Kingdom

    Our newly-appointed Associate Composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, has written a cycle of songs for soprano and string quartet, Endless forms most beautiful, setting poetry about evolution and the environment by the Museum of Natural History’s three poets-in-residence in 2016: Kelley Swain, John Barnie and Steven Matthews. The Gildas Quartet also performs Fantasias and Chaconne by Purcell.

    Endless forms most beautiful was commissioned by Carola Darwin with the support of Arts Council England, the RVW Trust and the Ambache Trust.

  • 18 October 2019 - 8:00pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Stanford to Sondheim: Kitty Whately and Simon Lepper
    Kitty Whately, Simon Lepper
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Fairy Tales

    Kitty Whately and Simon Lepper take us on a dramatic journey from ‘La belle dame sans merci’ – Stanford’s thrilling setting of Keats – to Rebecca Clarke’s spine-chilling ‘The Seal Man’. They include songs by the American composers Copland, Barber and Bernstein, and finish with an effervescent group of songs by Stephen Sondheim from his fairy-tale musical Into the Woods.

  • 19 October 2019 - 10:45am
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Study Day: Schubert and Mortality
    Anna Tilbrook, Imogen Cooper, James Gilchrist, Lorraine Byrne Bodley
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    10.45am - 11.20am
    Across the course of today, Imogen Cooper will perform Schubert's three last piano sonata. As part of this studay day, she begins this trilogy with the darkly turbulent C minor Sonata D 958. nb: the other two performances at 5.15pm and 10pm are ticketed separately.

    11.30am - 12.30pm
    Unresting Death: On Schubert’s Final Years. Eminent Schubert scholar Lorraine Byrne Bodley delves into Schubert’s all-too-brief life, showing that he was surrounded and profoundly affected by death.

    12.30pm - 1.30pm
    Lunch break

    1.30pm - 2.30pm
    James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook present a programme of Schubert songs reflecting on mortality and figures around death: from the transfigured grave-digger, and the consoling hand of the grim reaper, to uplifting paeans to immortality.

    2.45pm - 3.45pm
    A Familiar Ghost: Death’s Presence in Schubert’s Songs. Lorraine Byrne Bodley continues her exploration of Schubert and mortality, exploring how Schubert's changing conception of death influenced his music across his short life.

    A Day Pass is available for the whole 'Schubert and (Im)mortality' day for £90, giving access to the full study day and all concerts.

  • 19 October 2019 - 1:30pm
    An Afternoon with Derby Orchestral Society
    Derby Orchestral Society
    Derby Museum and Art Gallery Derby DE1 1BS
    United Kingdom

    Derby Museums present an afternoon with Derby Orchestral Society. Playing all your traditional favourites plus Music from the Musicals. Free drink on arrival. Raising funds for Derby Museums' Endowment Fund. Every pound raised will be doubled by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and will help secure Derby Museums’ future for everyone.

  • 17 October 2019 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - The Schumanns: Alessandro Fisher and Ashok Gupta
    Alessandro Fisher, Ashok Gupta
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Alessandro Fisher is a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist and current BBC New Generation Artist. He and prize-winning pianist Ashok Gupta present songs by Clara Schumann as well as Robert Schumann’s settings of Heine in his Liederkreis Op 24. They also include Schumann settings of Eduard Mörike, ahead of our afternoon study event exploring this fascinating and significant poet, and this evening's concert.

    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 19 October 2019 - 5:15pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Schubert's Sonata for Piano No 20 in A : Imogen Cooper
    Imogen Cooper
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    In his penultimate piano sonata, the Sonata in A major D 959, Schubert uses some of his most positive and uplifting music to frame a slow movement of shocking grief and desperate anger.

    A Day Pass is available for the whole 'Schubert and (Im)mortality' day for £90, giving access to the full study day and all concerts.

    Sonata for Piano No 20 in A
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 19 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - The Fair Maid of the Mill: Roderick Williams
    Christopher Glynn, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Roderick Williams
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Roderick Williams begins his residency at the Festival, which will include three concerts, a talk and a masterclass, performing Schubert’s great cycle Die schöne Müllerin in Jeremy Sams’s sparkling English translation. Before this, rising-star mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons gives the world premiere of The Tuning, a new cycle by the acclaimed Scottish composer Martin Suckling, setting the poetry of Michael Donaghy.

    Die schöne Müllerin
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    The Tuning
    Martin Suckling (1981-)
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