Rising stars of the music profession join internationally renowned singers in the well-established celebration of song - The Oxford Lieder Festival - which will take place from 16 – 31 October in and around Oxford. Concerts include the complete Britten Canticles in a three-concert programme devised by Julius Drake (17/18 October), the three Schubert cycles sung by three of the world’s finest recitalists: Wolfgang Holzmair, the legendary Austrian baritone, singing Winterreise (20 October), Christopher Maltman singing Die Schöne Müllerin (30 October) and James Gilchrist singing Schwanengesang (31 October). The Prince Consort perform the EUROPEAN PREMIERE premiere of contemporary American composer Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen (25 October).
Other highlights include Roderick Williams, one of Britain’s best-loved baritones, singing Schumann’s Kerner Lieder (26 October), and the first performance at the Festival by the renowned tenor Werner Güra (29 October). In a new partnership with the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, tenor Ben Johnson, winner of the 2008 competition, sings songs by Wolf and Schubert on 22 October. Other musicians taking part include Joan Rodgers, William Berger, Daniel Norman, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles.
As well as the main evening concerts there will be numerous talks and workshops, a week-long Master Course led by Sarah Walker, a lunchtime concert series and a remarkable education programme in three schools in Wallingford involving around 100 children.
The Oxford Lieder Festival is now in its eighth year, and has grown rapidly to become the biggest annual celebration of song in the UK. As well as bringing international stars to the city, Oxford Lieder has a commitment to showcasing the finest emerging talent and to taking music and its multi-layered benefits into the Oxfordshire community.
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