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Schubert at The Oxford Lieder Festival

Sholto Kynoch has programmed all Schubert’s songs to be performed in one Festival

Visitors to Oxford during the festival will see and hear Schubert everywhere

Sholto Kynoch, from Oxfordshire, founded Oxford Lieder Festival 13 years ago, simply to play Schubert with friends. Since then this festival has grown to become the most prestigious Lieder festival in the UK, and arguably in Europe. This year Sholto has programmed all Schubert’s songs to be performed in one Festival, the first time ever.


Schubert’s glorious music and an array of the world’s finest singers and pianists, are set to make the 2014 Oxford Lieder Festival an exceptional international event. The concerts and recitals will take place in some of Oxford’s most prestigious concert halls, including the beautiful 17th century Sheldonian Theatre, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and the 17th century Holywell Music Room, the oldest custom built concert hall in Europe.


Visitors to Oxford during the festival will see and hear Schubert everywhere. There will be a trail around the Ashmolean Museum, manuscripts from the Bodleian Library on display, a newly commissioned play about Schubert from Iain Burnside, a lecture with the Botanic Garden on flora found in Schubert’s work, a Schubert pub pop-up play, street singing, with Viennese food, coffee and wine featuring widely. A daily programme of master classes will see many of the best-known artists working with the stars of the future from all the leading UK conservatoires. 


Oxford Lieder’s patron Sir Thomas Allen, recent recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music, says, “The Schubert Project; words to cause passion, interest, inspiration. In recognising the astounding output of the greatest melodist and composer of song to have been born, I smile broadly at the thought of Oxford becoming Vienna for a period of time as the works of a stout little bespectacled man who sat with his drink under a linden tree, are aired once more.”


Running from 10 October – 1 November 2014, the celebration starts with an unforgettable concert given by eight tenors and baritones, including John Mark Ainsley, Christopher Maltman, James Gilchrist, Stephan Loges, Daniel Norman and Neal Davies performing a range of Schubert songs. They will be joined by Sarah Connolly to create a Festival chorus for the exquisite serenade

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The Festival programme will be performed by some of the greatest lieder performers ever convened in one place including Sir Thomas Allen, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly, Sophie Daneman, James Gilchrist, Robert Holl, Wolfgang Holzmair, Christiane Karg, Sophie Karthäuser, Angelika Kirchschlager, Stephan Loges, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Christoph Prégardien, Roderick Williams,Thomas Adès,Eugene Asti, Julius Drake, Bengt Forsberg, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles and many others.


The closing concert on 1st November will be a fitting finale to The Schubert Project, including late masterpieces such as The Shepherd on the Rock and Schubert’s last song of all, the uplifting Die Taubenpost. A gathering of internationally renowned singers, including Jonathan Lemalu, come together for this great final celebration.