Connections Across Time: The Oxford Lieder Festival, 10-17 October 2020

At the heart of the festival will be a series of live-streamed concerts by
international artists. Artist in Residence Ian Bostridge
gives two concerts, a talk and a masterclass over the course of the
Festival, and Carolyn Sampson returns to perform a new
song cycle by Oxford Lieder’s Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad on Tuesday 13 October. Other
international artists include Sarah Connolly (10 Oct), Lucy Crowe (12 Oct), James Gilchrist (13
Oct) premiering a work by Michael Zev Gordon, Professor of Composition at
the University of Birmingham, Roderick Williams (16 Oct)
and Christoph PrÈgardien (17 Oct). Chamber music includes
the contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment (13 Oct)
premiering a work by Philip Venables.

Each evening recital will begin with a short group of Schubert songs
performed by singers who have arguably been hardest hit by the current
crisis – artists who are already forging careers but not yet at a stage
where they can view the current crisis as only a temporary setback.

The Connections Across Time theme will bring out links between Bach and
Schubert, Dowland and Britten. As well as live study events and
masterclasses, every concert will offer a host of additional innovative
content and resources, including pre-recorded talks and interviews, curated
playlists and listening notes, available to ticket holders two weeks before
the Festival.

Events will take place in locations throughout Oxford including some of its
great libraries, the Radcliffe Observatory, and the Huxley Room of the
Museum of Natural History where the Huxley-Wilberforce Debate took place in
the 19th century. In addition to the central Oxford locations, Broughton
Castle and Rycote Chapel, both just outside Oxford, are also playing host
to Oxford Lieder events for the first time.

Artistic Director Sholto Kynoch said: “There was never any doubt in my mind
that we needed to proceed with a Festival this year, and I was eager to
explore and exploit the opportunities to be found in an online format. So
we have been working on a trailblazing project with many of our favourite
internationally renowned artists performing in venues around Oxford and
streamed in superb quality. Although we are eager to be back sharing music
in person – we are laying plans for a tremendous celebration of our 20th
anniversary next year – I hope you’ll share our excitement at the rich
programme we have on offer.”

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