Headed by festival Artistic Director and accompanist Sholto Kynoch, this year’s Oxford Lieder Festival explores European song, and their cultural geographical influences. On Friday 12th October, the festival opens with ‘A Serenade to Music’ – a concert featuring singers James Gilchrist, Kitty Whately and pianist Sholto Kynoch alongside Sophie Bevan, Marcus Farnsworth, and violinist Jonathan Stone.

Running for two weeks, the festival also includes a concert and masterclass with soprano Sophie Daneman, featuring works by Gounod alongside tenor William Morgan and actor Simon Robson, performances by James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook with the Choir of New College featuring works by Parry and Jonathan Dove, and a recital exploring sonnets and song with tenor Daniel Norman and pianist Christopher Gould.

After receiving first prize as part of the festival Young Artist Platform last season, contralto Jess Dandy returns for a recital with duo partner and pianist Dylan Perez, and joins ‘Schubert & Co’, an ensemble of 8 singers recreating the salon style performance, alongside tenor Joshua Owen Mills.

The festival takes place in venues across Oxford, including the Oxford Town Hall, Holywell Music Room, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, The Sheldonian Theatre, Merton College Chapel and elsewhere throughout the city. Following the main festival period this October, projects will continue throughout the year, including recital performances featuring Joshua Owen Mills and Edward Grint.

For more information, please follow the links below:

Friday 12th October:
Masterclass with Sophie Daneman
Opening Night – ‘ A Serenade to Music’

Sunday 14th October:
Young Artist Platform: Jess Dandy & Dylan Perez

Friday 19th October
Songs of Farewell

Tuesday 23rd October
Schubert Abroad: Schubert & Co.

Wednesday 24th October
Gounod & Georgina

Thursday 25th October:
Sonnets in Song: Daniel Norman & Christopher Gould