The Glass Eye

Tickets £8 - £28, can be booked via the Oxford International Song Festival website.

The Music: The centrepiece of tonight’s concert is the world premiere of The Glass Eye, a new song cycle by Alex Ho, as the culmination of his tenure as our Associate Composer, and the acclaimed writer Elayce Ismail. In an imagined future where humans have retreated underground, there is only one window on the planet they polluted: a glassy pool of water through which they can see, but not feel, the air above. This haunting and atmospheric new song cycle explores the broken connection between humans and the natural world, and is a warning against the destructive power of human nature.

The Artists: Exceptional countertenor Hugh Cutting gave a memorable performance at last year’s Oxford Song Festival, hot on the heels of his triumph at the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Pianist Dylan Perez, a former Oxford Song Young Artist, was recently described by The Sunday Times as ‘sublime and profoundly intuitive’ for his widely acclaimed recording of the complete songs of Samuel Barber.

This concert is presented as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme Everything is Connected season.

The Oxford International Song Festival (formerly Oxford Lieder), includes over 80 concerts, talks, and other interactive events over 16 days from 13 to 28 October.