Oxford Lieder Festival 2018: The Grand Tour – A European Journey in Song

A celebration of European song will be the focus of the 2018 Oxford Lieder
Festival (12th – 27th October) and will showcase the
familiar masterpieces of the song repertoire while exploring wider cultural
influences from Finland to the south of Spain and from Dublin to Moscow.
The great masters of the German Lied brush shoulders with composers from
Carl Nielsen to Ester Magi to Lili Boulanger. Fascinating talks and study
events will illuminate music, art and literature across the continent. A
series of ‘language labs’ explore language and poetry from Polish to Czech
to Estonian.

International stars including Louise Alder (15 Oct), Toby Spence (16 Oct),
Kai R¸¸tel (17 Oct), James Gilchrist (19 Oct), Camilla Tilling (20 Oct),
Christoph PrÈgardien (21 Oct), Benjamin Appl (22 Oct), Sarah Connolly (22
Oct), VÈronique Gens (24 Oct), Thomas Oliemans (25 Oct) and Kate Royal (26
Oct) appear alongside exceptional young artists, including the winners of
the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Wigmore Hall International Song
Competition and, in a new collaboration with Heidelberger Fr¸hling, Das
Lied. The lunchtime series includes concerts of Polish, Hungarian and
Italian songs, and there is a rich programme of chamber music in the
rush-hour series, including music from the Baltic states, Russia and

A day-long event focuses on Scandinavian song, with performances given by
native-speaking singers from all the Nordic countries (20 Oct). There will
be a day devoted to Claude Debussy on the centenary of his death, including
a recital with leading French pianist Anne Le Bozec and two of the
brightest emerging French singers: Marie-Laure Garnier and Jean-Christophe
LaniËce (13 Oct). An evening in Spain features soprano Lorena Paz
Nieto and British/Catalan mezzo Marta Fontanals-Simmons, as well as Spanish
violin music, a Spanish wine tasting and Flamenco (18 Oct). A range of
events mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Hubert Parry taking a
fresh look at his significance for English song.

Other highlights include the opening concert (12 Oct) with Sophie Bevan,
Kitty Whateley, James Gilchrist and Marcus Farnsworth performing works
including Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, and the
closing concert (27 Oct) with the thrilling Irish mezzo Tara Erraught and
BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches performing Schumann’sMyrthen. Robert Holl and Graham Johnson perform Winterreise (14 Oct) and the exciting new ensemble Schubert &
Co. present an uplifting Schubertiade (23 Oct).

Tickets and festival passes visit www.oxfordlieder.co.uk / 01865

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