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Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom

In the summer of 1998, the Holywell Music Room celebrated its 250th anniversary. The oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe, it opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1748. Designed by Thomas Camplin, Vice-Principal of St. Edmund Hall, the building was probably the brainchild of William Hayes, then Professor of Music at the University. The project was funded by public subscription (established in 1742). The room continued as a concert venue throughout the eighteenth century and until 1836, from which time it was used for a number of other events, including auctions and exhibitions. By the 1870s, it was being used for weekly rehearsals by the Oxford Philharmonic Society and its future as a musical venue was further secured after 1910 when the Oxford University Musical Union obtained a lease on the building. The Holywell was restored and refitted in 1959-60 and since that time has been the location for many hundreds of recitals and concert series featuring prestigious visiting musicians as well as many local groups and student performers.

While Wadham College owns the Holywell Music Room, the use of this room is divided between the Faculty of Music and the College. The Faculty makes use of the room during University Term Time and Wadham during vacations, with each using its own discretion regarding policy and charges.

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September 2017

Oxford Chamber Music Festival: Spellbound

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Oxford Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2000 by the Oxford born violinist Priya Mitchell and has gained a reputation for being one of the most exciting music festivals in Europe. Today's event includes: Pēteris Vasks - White scenery for piano solo Alexander Glazunov - Oriental Reverie for clarinet and strings Maurice Ravel - Trio for violin, cello and piano Miklós Rosza - Spellbound for theremin and ensemble

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Oxford Chamber Music Festival: Enchanted

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Oxford Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2000 by the Oxford born violinist Priya Mitchell and has gained a reputation for being one of the most exciting music festivals in Europe. Today's event includes: Benjamin Britten - Lachrymae Pēteris Vasks - Plainscapes for piano trio Edward Elgar - Piano quintet

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Oxford Chamber Music Festival: Fatal Illusion

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Oxford Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2000 by the Oxford born violinist Priya Mitchell and has gained a reputation for being one of the most exciting music festivals in Europe. Today's event includes: Johannes Brahms - Scherzo from the 'F.A.E' Sonata Pēteris Vasks - String Quartet No.4 Franz Schubert - Death and the Maiden

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Oxford Chamber Music Festival: Composer-to-Composer

September 30 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Oxford Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2000 by the Oxford born violinist Priya Mitchell and has gained a reputation for being one of the most exciting music festivals in Europe. Today's event  sees Pēteris Vasks, composer in residence, and composer and BBC presenter Michael Berkeley, speak about the creative process and the composer's life.

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Oxford Chamber Music Festival: Hidden Message

September 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Oxford Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2000 by the Oxford born violinist Priya Mitchell and has gained a reputation for being one of the most exciting music festivals in Europe. Today's event includes: Pēteris Vasks - Epifania for string orchestra Anton Arensky - Quartet for violin, viola and two cellos Johannes Brahms - Clarinet quintet

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October 2017

Oxford Chamber Music Festival: Across the Universe

October 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Oxford Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2000 by the Oxford born violinist Priya Mitchell and has gained a reputation for being one of the most exciting music festivals in Europe. Today's event includes: Impro/devised piece on Arvo Pärt's 'Spiegel im Spiegel' Sultan Khan - Song of Separation & Waiting cello and tabla The Beatles - Indian inspired songs from: Sexy Sadie, Norwegian Wood, Within You Without You, Tomorrow Never Knows Solima - Lamentatio Terry Riley - Half-wolf dances mad…

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Oxford Chamber Music Society – Three Great Sextets

October 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The London Mozart Players, founded in 1949, was the first British chamber orchestra, and it remains alive and well. Six of their members bring a richly Romantic programme in which one will be able to revel in the all richness and subtleties conjured by great pieces for string sextet expertly played. Strauss's last opera is a nostalgic, idealised journey back to a civilised Europe in time of war; Schoenberg’s impassioned fin de siècle extended tone poem is heard here in…

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Music of Gregory Rose

October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Gregory Rose                     Mizmor Kaf Gimmel* Gregory Rose                     The Song of Solomon* Gregory Rose                     The Melodic Thread+ Gregory Rose                     Hymn to Aphrodite* *premiere +UK premiere Janet Oates (soprano) Alison Read (harp) Vurl Bland (cimbasso)  

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Arts and Crafts Walking Tour with Anthony Buxton (speaker)

October 13 @ 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Festival begins with a fascinating event linking fin-de-siècle Vienna and Oxford through the visual arts, exploring contemporaneous developments in the English Arts and Crafts movement and the Austro- German ‘Jugendstil’. Beginning in the Holywell Music Room with a general introduction to the artistic thinking of the period, Antony Buxton leads a visit to Harris Manchester College Chapel, with its renowned Burne-Jones/Morris windows, then on to Exeter College Chapel to see the Adoration of the Magi tapestry. There will be short musical performances in…

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Glitter and Doom: Gavin Plumley (speaker)

October 13 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley introduces the cultural melting pot that was Vienna at the turn of the last century, featuring figures such as Freud, Klimt and Mahler. This wider backdrop gives an essential insight into the period and the place, setting the scene for the Festival ahead.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Bring and Sing (for amateur singers)

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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A chance for one and all to tread the boards of the Holywell Music Room. To book a place, please buy a ticket. Sophie will be in touch within 5 working days from receipt of your booking. If you have any questions prior to making a booking, please email her at sophie@oxfordlieder.co.uk.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Gurney and Britten: Peter Harris (Tenor), Hamish Brown (Piano)

October 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Peter Harris and Hamish Brown were joint winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, giving a stunning audition recital at the Spring Weekend of Song. Today they give their showcase concert, in a programme featuring Ivor Gurney’s moving 1919 settings of A.E. Housman, Ludlow and Teme, and Britten’s remarkable settings of John Donne. They also include American composer Jake Heggie’s short cycle Friendly Persuasions.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Songs of Youth and Experience: Anna Stéphany (mezzo), Sholto Kynoch (piano)

October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Following a sensational 2015 Festival recital and recent acclaim in the Royal Opera's Der Rosenkavalier, Anna Stéphany makes a welcome return performing songs by the young Mahler and by the senior statesman of song in Vienna, Johannes Brahms.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Franz Schubert: Christina Gansch (soprano), Sholto Kynoch (piano)

October 16 @ 1:10 pm - 2:10 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Sensational Austrian soprano Christina Gansch returns to the Festival for the first of our lunchtime series, in a programme of Franz Schubert, the quintessential Viennese song composer who shaped all who followed him.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Winterreise: Roman Trekel (baritone), Michael Dussek (piano)

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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An eagerly-anticipated Festival debut for the renowned German baritone Roman Trekel, joined this evening by pianist Michael Dussek. Schubert's Winterreise is no less striking now than it was for Schubert's friends in 1827, and it has fascinated and influenced so many other song composers ever since. Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Winterriese (Wilhem Müller), D911

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Serious Songs: Ashley Riches (baritone), Sholto Kynoch (piano)

October 17 @ 1:10 pm - 2:10 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches is one of the bright stars of the song world. His programme includes Brahms' extraordinary Four Serious Songs, settings of biblical texts that he wrote in 1896, his last songs. Also included are songs by Schubert and Dvorák.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Schubert & Korngold: Daniel Rowland (violin), Kaija Lukas (violin/viola), Mats Lidström (cello), Bengt Forsberg (piano)

October 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Korngold's unique Suite for piano left hand and strings, Op. 23, is played by a star team of chamber musicians, alongside Schubert's String Trio in B flat, D581.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Brahms & The Clarinet: Louise Kemény (soprano), Max Welford (clarinet), Brian O’Kane (cello), William Vann (piano)

October 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Brahms was inspired to come out of his self-imposed retirement by the playing of the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld. Several works for clarinet followed, among them his glorious Clarinet Trio, Op.114 (1891), heard here alongside a movement of Zemlinsky’s Clarinet Trio and Schubert’s evergreen Shepherd on the Rock.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Songs from the East: Benjamin Appl (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Already internationally known, Benjamin Appl is joined by the ‘peerless song accompanist’ (Daily Telegraph) Graham Johnson for a programme of Lieder vom Orient that includes Brahms’s Op.32 songs, settings of Platen and Daumer. The eastern-inspired poetry of Rückert, Heine, Goethe, Geibel and Byron is heard in songs by Schubert, Schumann – whose Rückert settings were surely an influence on Mahler – Cornelius, Loewe and others.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Schubert & Strauss: Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Glynn (piano)

October 18 @ 1:10 pm - 2:10 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Kathryn Rudge is a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme and together with pianist Christopher Glynn she presents a programme of favourite Strauss songs alongside songs by Schubert and Schumann's 'Mary Stuart' songs.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Richard Strauss: Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Nicky Spence (tenor), Roger Vignoles (piano)

October 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Concluding a day of events devoted to the works of Richard Strauss, whose gift for melody and word painting knew no bounds, a stellar team of artists present a wide range of his glorious songs.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Baudelaire In Song: Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Eugene Asti (piano), Doric String Quartet

October 19 @ 1:10 pm - 2:10 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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A dream team of artists visit Paris and Vienna. The programme is bound by the work of Charles Baudelaire, who died 150 years ago and whose poetry is set in Alban Berg's stunning Lyric Suite and Debussy's Wagnerian songs of 1887–9, the Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Haydn & Beethoven: Doric String Quartet

October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Please note that this programme has changed from that advertised in the Festival brochure Firm Festival favourites, the Doric String Quartet perform one of Haydn's great quartets, Op. 64 no. 6, alongside Beethoven's Op. 135, one of the composer's last major works.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – La Bonne Chanson: Mark Padmore (tenor), Imogen Cooper (piano)

October 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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A detour from our Viennese theme sees this phenomenal pairing of artists perform songs by Schumann (including the Eichendorff Liederkreis) and Hahn, concluding with Fauré's uplifting cycle La bonne Chanson.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – The End of Romanticism: Caitlin Hulcup (mezzo-soprano), Lada Valešová (piano)

October 20 @ 1:10 pm - 2:10 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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This programme features songs from the very height of Romanticism: richly tonal early Schoenberg, Berg’s Seven Early Songs and songs by Zemlinsky and Korngold. Mezzo Caitlin Hulcup, recently described as ‘magnificent’ by the Guardian, and pianist Lada Valešová also include a handful of songs by Egon Wellesz, an Austrian Jewish émigré composer who settled in Oxford in 1938, becoming a fellow of Lincoln College and a major influence on the study of music in the city.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Korngold Quintet: Jack Liebeck (violin), Alexandra Raikhlina (violin), Meghan Cassidy (viola), Thomas Carroll (cello), Bengt Forsberg (piano)

October 20 @ 5:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The great Swedish pianist and Korngold enthusiast Bengt Forsberg returns with a team of world-class string players to perform Korngold’s Piano Quintet, Op.15, one of the most important works of his output.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Masterclass for Music College Applicants with Robin Bowman

October 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Robin Bowman leads a class for those aspiring to study music at college. Free to observers. To book a performance place, please buy a ticket. Sophie will be in touch within 5 working days from receipt of your booking. If you have any questions prior to making a booking, please email her at sophie@oxfordlieder.co.uk.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Showcase Recital: Joel Williams (tenor), James Atkinson (baritone), João Araújo (piano)

October 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Three outstanding young musicians give this year’s Royal College of Music platform recital, including works by Brahms and settings of Rückert by Schumann.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Rückert Lieder: Sylvia Schwartz (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The dazzling soprano Sylvia Schwartz returns to the Festival to perform Mahler’s five settings of Rückert: an extraordinary meeting of words and music. The programme also includes songs by Reger and Strauss.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Mahler: Reader, Thinker, Composer: Christina Sidak (mezzo-soprano) and Deirdre Brenner (piano)

October 22 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Christina Sidak, one of Austria’s most exciting young mezzos, and superb American pianist Deirdre Brenner perform songs by Gustav and Alma Mahler, and other repertoire that features in the day’s discussions, including songs by Schubert and Schumann.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – From Vienna to Moscow: Michael Mofidian (bass-baritone), Keval Shah (piano)

October 22 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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Bass-baritone Michael Mofidian and Keval Shah gave an exceptional recital at the Spring Weekend of Song auditions for the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platforms. They were clear winners (joint with Peter Harris and Hamish Brown, who give their showcase recital on Satuday 14 October) and today give their Festival recital in a programme that takes us from Vienna to Moscow via Helsinki.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Sibelius & Mahler: Maria Forsström (mezzo-soprano), Matti Hirvonen (piano)

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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In the centenary year of Finnish independence, it seems apt to celebrate the country’s greatest composer, Jean Sibelius, who met Mahler in 1907. Following a selection of Sibelius songs, this exceptional duo of Swedish artists perform Mahler’s profoundly moving Kindertotenlieder.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Across Borders: Ben Johnson (tenor), James Bailieu (piano)

October 25 @ 1:10 pm - 2:10 pm
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Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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These two superb artists, both stars of the new generation, perform early songs by Mahler and explore contemporaneous developments in English song through Elgar, Parry and others, who fell under many of the same influences while finding their own different and individual voices.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Spring Sonatas: Sophie Rosa (violin), Sholto Kynoch (piano)

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Richard Strauss’s uplifting Violin Sonata in E flat, Op.18, was written in 1887–8, the early years of his romance with his future wife, Pauline. It is coupled with Beethoven’s equally sunny 'Spring' Sonata, played here by prize-winning violinist Sophie Rosa.

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Oxford Lieder 2017 – Liebeslieder Walzer: Elena Copons (soprano), Christina Sidak (mezzo-soprano), Jan Petryka (tenor), Martin Hässler (baritone), Deirdre Brenner (piano), Sholto Kynoch (piano)

October 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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A celebration of Viennese culture would not be complete without some element of dancing! Brahms enjoyed great success during his own lifetime, and his acclaimed two sets of Liebeslieder Walzer ('Love-song Waltzes') have been hugely popular ever since the first of them were heard in 1870. A team of four exceptional singers join Deirdre Brenner and Sholto Kynoch for a performance of these and other effervescent songs.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Brahms & Schubert: Tom Poster (piano), Sholto Kynoch (piano)

October 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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A recital of piano duets, featuring Brahms' exuberant Waltzes, Op. 39, a tribute to his adopted city of Vienna, and Schubert's miraculous Variations in A flat, D813.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Mahler, Berg, Korngold & Strauss: Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano), Julius Drake (piano)

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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World-famous mezzo Angelika Kirchschlager returns to the Festival to perform songs by Gustav and Alma Mahler, Berg (Op.2), Korngold and Strauss. Korngold’s Op.38 songs are among his finest, and include various references to his famed film scores.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Russian Romances: Katherine Broderick (soprano), Sergey Rybin (piano)

October 27 @ 1:10 pm - 2:10 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Katherine Broderick and Sergey Rybin give a programme of passionate Russian song, including works by Mussorgsky, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov and others, as part of our day exploring the Russian Revolution of 1917.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – 1917: The Last Flowering: Alexander Karpeyev (piano)

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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As part of our day exploring Russian song and the Russian Revolution of 1917, we welcome the Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko, winner of the Song Prize at the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, for an evening of Tchaikovsky songs, almost the Russian equivalent of a ‘Schubertiade’.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Tchaikovsky: Andrei Bondarenko (baritone), Gary Matthewman (piano)

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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As part of our day exploring Russian song and the Russian Revolution of 1917, we welcome the Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko, winner of the Song Prize at the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, for an evening of Tchaikovsky songs, almost the Russian equivalent of a ‘Schubertiade’.

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2017 – Mastercourse Concert with introduction by Ann Murray

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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At the end of an immersive week of study and preparation, led by Ann Murray with a team of prestigious guest tutors, nine outstanding duos present the fruits of their labours in a delightfully varied programme that is always a Festival highlight. The concert will be in two parts with a one-hour lunch interval.

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Oxford Chamber Music Society – Touching Bass

October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Mozart Oboe Quartet K370 Westhoff Imitation of Bells Bottesini Elegy for double bass Mozart Adagio for cor anglais and string trio K580a Britten Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings Bottesini Gran Duo Concertante for violin and double bass, oboe and strings This is high end entertainment, with several of the pieces featuring a virtuoso double bass, played for us by the Hallé Principal Roberto Carrillo-Garcia.  Roberto is married to our oboist (from the Manchester Camerata); three of the other musicians are from one family. And for…

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November 2017

OUWO Concert

November 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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OUWO is proud to present a fundraising concert in tandem with the National Autistic Society. After a workshop with a group of children from the NAS, we will be putting on a concert in the evening of popular themes from film and musical theatre to raise funds both for the NAS and for OUWO’s upcoming tour to the USA. hope that this event will not only help raise awareness for the Society but will also build bridges and break the…

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Handel: The Messiah

November 5 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:30pm, repeating indefinitely

Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
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The Kennington & District United Church Choirs in Oxford came into being in December 1973, when singers from the three Kennington churches, Anglican, Roman Catholic and Methodist, came together for a united Carol Service. The Carol Service continues each year on a Sunday evening just before Christmas. From this fairly small beginning, the numbers began to grow, drawing singers from Abingdon, Radley, Oxford and beyond. The Choirs began to meet on a regular basis, and started to perform oratorios in…

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Oxford Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble

November 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Established in 1998, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra occupies a unique position within the UK orchestral landscape. Hailed as ‘thoroughly impressive’ by BBC Music Magazine, its reputation is based on the uncompromising artistic standards of its founder and Music Director Marios Papadopoulos, and maintained by some of the finest musicians in the UK. Praised as ‘a classy ensemble’ by The Mail on Sunday, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s many achievements to date include extensive annual concert seasons in Oxford, touring performances across the UK…

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Reiko Fujisawa, piano

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
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Reiko is excited to return to Oxford’s wonderful Holywell Music Room. Programme: Thomas Adès - 3 Mazurkas Beethoven - Sonata No.23 in F minor Op.57 ("Appassionata") Chopin - Sonata No.3 in B minor

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Bate Concert – The Prince Regent’s Band

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
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The Prince Regent's Band The Prince Regent’s Band was formed to explore the wealth of historic chamber music for brass and wind instruments from a period roughly defined as between the French Revolution of 1789 and the end of First World War in 1918. Members of the current The Prince Regent’s Band are specialists in the period performance field and perform with regular with internationally renowned specialist ensembles such as the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, Florilegium, Gabrielli Consort and Players,…

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Eastward Journey: Recital of Slavic Music

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Musicians: Anna Starushkevych and Lada Valesova.

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Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition 2017

November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The final round of the biennial Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers' Competition, aimed at identifying the country's finest emerging young singers.

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The Villiers Quartet

November 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Villiers Quartet are in their last year of the Radcliffe chamber music residency at the Faculty of Music presented in association with Music at Oxford. Following a brilliant couple of years with concerts in the fabulous Holywell Music Room, they offer an engaging variety of music in their final performances under the scheme. Haydn Quartet in D minor no. 2 op. 76 Fifths Peter Racine Fricker Quartet no. 2 op. 20 Dvořák Quartet in A flat major no. 14…

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The Villiers Quartet

November 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Villiers Quartet are in their last year of the Radcliffe chamber music residency at the Faculty of Music presented in association with Music at Oxford. Following a brilliant couple of years of workshops, lecture-recitals and concerts in the fabulous Holywell Music Room, they offer an engaging programme in their final performances under the scheme. Haydn – Quartet in D minor, Opus 76, No. 2 “Fifths” Peter Racine Fricker – String Quartet No. 2, Opus 20 Dvorak – String Quartet…

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Oxford Chamber Music Society – Piano Trio Masterpieces

November 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Mendelssohn Piano Trio no 1 in D minor op 49 Brahms Piano trio no 2 in C major op 87 Ravel Piano Trio Three masterpieces of the piano trio genre – think of the virtuoso piano excitement of the Mendelssohn, the grandeur of the Brahms and the impressionistic poetry of the Ravel. To play these marvellous pieces we have musicians in demand worldwide, all with huge critical and public acclaim and needing no further introductions for Oxford audiences. Ning Kam, violin; Katherine Jenkinson,…

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Ellie Blamires with the Ripieno Players

November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Featuring works by C.P.E Bach, Elliott and Stravinski.

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December 2017

Saint Catherine Singers and Chamber Orchestra of Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls Concert

December 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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January 2018

Oxford Chamber Music Society – Schubert & Different Trains

January 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Bingham is one of the most innovative of UK string quartets, venturing where not all ensembles choose or dare to go so we are particularly excited to have in the Reich and Crumb two ‘Bingham classics’. Their performance of the first of Schubert’s three late, great quartets will be immensely satisfying   Steve Reich’s Different Trains from 1988 compares his childhood American train journeys with contemporary ones of the Holocaust trains, using taped recordings of spoken interviews and train sounds…

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Bach Project: Bach and the Concerto

January 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Director of Performance Natalie Clein leads the Bach project, exploring the music of JS Bach. Natalie Clein, Cello Alexander Janiczek, violin Dan Edgar, violin James Boyd, viola Instruments of Time and Truth Programme to include: Bach Violin concerto in A major with Alexander Janiczek Bach Concerto for Viola, Strings and Basso continuo E-flat major Reconstruction after the Cantatas BWV 169 and 49 and the Concerto for Harpsichord in E-flat major BWV 1053 Bach Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV…

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February 2018

Contrapunctus Workshop

February 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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A workshop on vocal consort singing techniques, led by Owen Rees and members of Contrapunctus.

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Oxford Chamber Music Society – Mozart, Janáček & Smetana

February 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Škampa String Quartet

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The Villiers Quartet

February 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Villiers Quartet are in their last year of the Radcliffe chamber music residency at the Faculty of Music presented in association with Music at Oxford. Following a brilliant couple of years with concerts in the fabulous Holywell Music Room, they offer an engaging variety of music in their final performances under the scheme. Mendelssohn String quartet no. 6 op. 80 Beethoven Razumovsky quartets op. 59 nos. 1, 2 and 3 Parry String quartet no. 3

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Villiers Quartet

February 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Villiers Quartet are in their last year of the Radcliffe chamber music residency at the Faculty of Music presented in association with Music at Oxford. Following a brilliant couple of years of workshops, lecture-recitals and concerts in the fabulous Holywell Music Room, they offer an engaging programme in their final performances under the scheme. Mendelssohn – String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Opus 80 Hubert Parry – String Quartet No. 3 in G Major Beethoven – String Quartet…

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Workshop: Voice Culture

February 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Shruti Samvaad ~ A Conversation with Music A discussion on the basics of Hindustani Classical Music. Part of the Sounds of South Asia series.

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Ensemble Isis Concert with Shruti Jauhari

February 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Appropriation, cross-pollination and cultural transmission The Faculty’s New Music ensemble, Ensemble Isis with Music Director John Traill, performs Maurice Delage's Quatre poèmes hindous (chamber version), traditional Hindustani works performed by vocalist Dr Shruti Jauhari and a new work by Des Oliver in a programme that explores issues of appropriation, cross-pollination and cultural transmission.

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March 2018

Oxford Chamber Music Society – Beethoven, Brahms & Rachmaninov

March 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor op 19 Beethoven Clarinet Trio in B flat Gassenhauer op 11 Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor op 114 A new ensemble, but with experienced musicians, including the brilliant clarinettist Anna Hashimoto, who has earned worldwide praise   Elena Kiseleva and Tatiana Chernyshova, who both began their training in Moscow, begin with the greatest of Romantic cello sonatas, the epic by Rachmaninov – this music will flow out of them. They are then joined by Anna in what should be…

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April 2018

Oxford Chamber Music Society – Dr K. Sextet

April 15, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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The Dr K. Sextet explores and tells stories, drawing on an eclectic mix of composers from around the world who have used folk tales to create fascinating musical stories. Programme to include: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Dances from the Two Fiddlers (sextet), Sadie Harrison Bell Music for St Casimir (clarinet and piano), Thomas Simaku My Beautiful Morea (flute and piano), Kaija Saariaho Oi Kuu (bass clarinet and cello),Howard Skempton The Durham Strike (piano), Jasmin Kent Rodgman Recitations (violin and loop pedal), Jeremy Thurlow New Work (World Premiere), Thomas Albert Thirteen Ways (sextet).

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Oxford Chamber Music Society – Mozart Quintet; Mendelssohn Octet

April 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom
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Mozart String Quintet in G minor K516 Dobrinka Tabakova Insight Mendelssohn Octet in E flat op 20 Founded in 2012 by violinist Eloisa-Fleur Thom and cellist Max Ruisi, London-based 12 ensemble has now acquired an international reputation. We are delighted to welcome three quarters of them (including Eloisa-Fleur and Max) in what will be a treat for string lovers   We start with a quintet, moreover arguably the greatest ever written, and felt by posterity to be one of Mozart's most self-revealing works. There…

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£20, young people 8-25 years – FREE on the door only (courtesy of Cavatina Chamber Music Trust). Cash ticket sales on door at concerts. Advance tickets from Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305