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Oxford Lieder Festival 2020

10 October 2020 to 17 October 2020

About the Oxford Lieder Festival 2020

Over a packed eight days, world-class artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams will present some 40 concerts and events, from venues across Oxford and completely live. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to enjoy these concerts live-streamed in the highest quality.

We’ll be exploring every possible advantage of this temporary move online: live Q&As with artists will follow concerts; we’ll be taking you into special and unusual venues; tickets will also give access to two further weeks of viewing as well as a host of fascinating and informative pre-concert resources.



At the heart of the Festival will be an exceptional series of live concerts, with artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly, Lucy Crowe, James Gilchrist, Stephan Loges, Ashley Riches, Carolyn Sampson, and Roderick Williams, performing in stunning Oxford venues.

We will be bringing you closer than ever to these artists, through interviews, live Q&As where you will have the chance to question the artists directly, and in the world-class filming and audio that will beam them directly to your home.

We retain our strong commitment to the best emerging talent, and recitals will be given by the winners of this year's Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, as well as recent winners of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards.


Our ‘Connections Across Time’theme will coax out links between Bach and Schubert, Dowland and Britten, and range from 14th-century songs by Guillaume de Machaut to freshly-minted works.

Many of the perennial favourites of the song repertoire will naturally feature as well, with concerts devoted to Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and others.

We explore diverse settings of poets, looking for example at the reception of the great Persian poet Hafiz across centuries and at Thomas Hardy's approach to the passing of time.


Oxford itself and our many wonderful venues are an integral part of the Festival and will remain so. In addition to the usual range of venues at the Festival, we plan to take you into some stunning spaces that would not usually be accessible. A combination of our intimate art form, these magical places, and carefully crafted filming will create a different but special atmosphere and keep the Festival rooted in the fabric of the city.


We are also fortunate to be based in Oxford for the wealth and diversity of specialists on hand who can draw connections between music, poetry, art, history, science and geography. With an online Festival, we can be more imaginative than ever with our study events.

As well as masterclasses and live study events with musical illustrations, every concert will have a host of resources provided, from pre-recorded talks and interviews to curated playlists and listening notes, available to ticket holders from two weeks before the Festival.


This Festival will be different from others, but the personal, intimate feel that is a hallmark of Oxford Lieder will remain. We plan to host small online gatherings in study and listening groups, and will invite interaction at various events including the end of almost all recitals.

We are also looking at any other ways to ensure people feel this is a truly shared experience and will announce further plans along with the full artistic programme in July.


Festival Passes are available now, priced at £90. Passes give access to all of the Festival's 35-40 events, completely live and for two weeks after the Festival, as well as all associated resources; notes, translations, interviews, talks, and more. They represent a saving of some 60%.

As it is an online Festival, tickets will be useable per household. If you feel able to enhance your support by booking a Pass per person, we would be most grateful.


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10 October 2020
17 October 2020
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