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Format: 2019-10-15
Format: 2019-10-15
  • 21 October 2019 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Beethoven's String Quartet Op 130: Albion Quartet
    Albion Quartet
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    The electrifying Albion Quartet - who gave a stunning performance of the Dvorák Piano Quintet with Christopher Glynn at the 2018 Festival - play Beethoven’s late masterpiece, the String Quartet in B flat major Op 130. They perform it with Beethoven’s original finale, the famous ‘Grosse Fuge’, that is still as arresting today as it was when it was first heard in 1826.

    String Quartet No 13 in B flat
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 21 October 2019 - 8:00pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - The Winter Journey: Roderick Williams
    Christopher Glynn, Nicholas Mogg, Roderick Williams
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Roderick Williams continues his survey of the Schubert cycles, in English translations by Jeremy Sams, with pianist Christopher Glynn. Tonight’s ‘Winter Journey’ is preceded by a new cycle, World of Ice, commissioned from Ross Griffey, whom Festival audiences met last year during his events as an Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Libraries. He sets texts based on nineteenth-century Arctic exploration with his trademark wit and poignancy.

    Winterreise
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    World of Ice
    Ross Griffey ()
  • 22 October 2019 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Schéhérazade: Caitlin Hulcup and Gary Matthewman
    Caitlin Hulcup, Gary Matthewman
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    We are delighted to welcome back the renowned mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup and leading pianist Gary Matthewman. At the heart of their programme is Ravel’s vibrant and evocative Schéhérazade, conjuring the exotic world of the Thousand and One Nights, the Persian king Shahryar and his young bride Scheherazade. Other songs of queens, knights and mystical lands feature, by Schumann, Berlioz and Sibelius.

  • 22 October 2019 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - The Shepherd on the Rock: Elin Manahan Thomas
    Elin Manahan Thomas, Jocelyn Freeman, Joseph Shiner
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    One of Schubert’s last works, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the rock) was commissioned in 1828 as a showpiece for the soprano Anna Milder and has remained a popular staple of the repertoire ever since. Renowned soprano Elin Manahan Thomas performs this, in a programme that also includes works by Rossini, other songs by Schubert, and Schumann’s Fantasiestücke for clarinet and piano.

    Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the rock)
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    3 Fantasiestücke, for clarinet and piano
    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
  • 23 October 2019 - 1:05pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - French Fables: Jess Dandy and Sholto Kynoch
    Jess Dandy, Sholto Kynoch
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    Contralto Jess Dandy, an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, is fast emerging as one of the most exciting young singers today. Her programme features settings of Baudelaire, including the world premiere of a new song by our Associate Composer, Cheryl Frances-Hoad. She and Sholto Kynoch also perform settings of the seventeenth-century poet and fabulist Jean de la Fontaine, with songs by Saint-Saëns, Offenbach and Gounod.

    Presented in association with the University of Birmingham

  • 23 October 2019 - 5:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival - Schubert's Quartet in G: Piatti Quartet
    Piatti Quartet
    Holywell Music Room Oxford OX1 3SD
    United Kingdom

    The prize-winning Piatti Quartet, described in the Evening Standard as ‘a young ensemble at its finest’, returns to the Festival to play Schubert’s last string quartet, the expansive and profound Quartet in G D 887, written in 1826.

    String Quartet No 15 in G
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 23 October 2019 - 8:00pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival: Swan Song: Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn
    Christopher Glynn, Roderick Williams
    St John the Evangelist Church Oxford OX4 1EH
    United Kingdom

    Schubert’s unparalleled final songs, put together by the publisher Tobias Haslinger after the composer’s death as his ‘Swan Song’, are some of the crowning glories of the song repertoire. With these settings of Ludwig Rellstab, Heinrich Heine and Johann Seidl, Roderick Williams brings his Festival residency to an exquisite close, with pianist Christopher Glynn.

    Schwanengesang, 'Swan Song'
    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • 23 October 2019 - 9:30pm
    Oxford Lieder Festival – Schubert and the Comedian Harmonists: Schubert & Co
    Schubert & Co
    The Mad Hatter Oxford OX4 1EA
    United Kingdom

    In the convivial setting of the Mad Hatter bar on Iffley Road, the male voices of ensemble Schubert & Co round off our Schubert focus on a high. Sociable drinking songs by Schubert fill the Mad Hatter cocktail bar, alongside uplifting music by the world-famous close harmony group of the 20s and 30s, The Comedian Harmonists.

    Tickets include one drink and the bar will be open for further purchases.

  • 25 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Eric Whitacre - The Sacred Veil (European premiere)
    Christopher Glynn, Eric Whitacre, Eric Whitacre Singers, Jeffrey Zeigler
    St John's Smith Square London SW1P 3HA
    United Kingdom

    Eric brings his professional choir to St. John’s Smith Square in two performances of his brand new piece – The Sacred Veil. Premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in February, this 12-movement work written with poet, lyricist and long-time collaborator, Charles Anthony Silvestri, tells the true story of love, life, loss and the search for solace. The Sacred Veil received unprecedented acclaim from the media, concert-goers and the artists following its premiere, and is Eric’s most extensive choral work to date.

    Eric Whitacre and Charles Anthony Silvestri will participate in a pre-concert talk before each performance.

    VIP tickets include exclusive access to rehearsal, a private meet-and-greet with Charles Anthony Silvestri, a signed programme and priority seating for the pre-concert talk and concert. VIP ticketholders will be emailed with more information 14 days before the event.

    Lux Aurumque
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
    The Sacred Veil, for chorus, cello and piano
    Eric Whitacre (1970-)
  • 18 October 2019 - 7:30pm
    Kosmos Emsemble (violin, viola and accordion)
    Kosmos Ensemble
    Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA
    United Kingdom

    A programme unique to Kosmos, inspired by music from around the globe. Wild Gypsy fiddling; emotive Jewish and Greek music; hot-blooded tango; interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Sephardic songs; new arrangements; references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.

    Described by The Times as having “telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship”, Kosmos Ensemble is re-defining the relationship between classical and world music. It is united by a shared passion for improvisation, music from around the globe and the rigours of classical training.

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