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Oxford Lieder Festival: The Schumann Project

PUBLISHED: 11:18 20 September 2016

Oxford Lieder Festival will take place October 14 to 29

Oxford Lieder Festival will take place October 14 to 29

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The Schumann Project features nearly 100 events, including some 40 song recitals, piano and chamber music recitals, choral works, study events, films, readings and masterclasses World class artists and emerging stars take to the stage in 21 venues all over the city, with all of Robert Schumann’s and Clara Schumann’s songs to be performed over sixteen days

The fifteenth year of the Oxford Lieder Festival promises to build on previous successes with The Schumann Project, a thrilling two-week exploration of the life and music of Robert Schumann. The Festival will celebrate Schumann’s varied works and is set to be one of the biggest ever celebrations of this most fascinating of composers. Over the course of the Festival, many of the world’s greatest singers and pianists will arrive in Oxford to perform all of Robert Schumann’s songs (over 400 in total), plus the 29 songs of his wife Clara Schumann, supported by an exciting schedule of additional events that place Schumann and his music against a rich cultural backdrop.

Throughout The Schumann Project, the Oxford Lieder Festival will continue to focus on presenting the highest quality of performances at affordable ticket prices, for example the festival has held its tickets prices for the last several years. This is designed to open up the work of the Oxford Lieder Festival to a greater audience and make performances of world class music accessible to all.

The Oxford Lieder Festival is also opening its doors for people to participate in music making and experience the joy of song for themselves in a friendly and welcoming environment and stunning surroundings. A host of extremely popular workshops and masterclasses include the revered Festival Chorus (a day of active learning and singing which concludes with a performance by the participants at the University Church), Bring and Sing (a chance for enthusiastic amateur performers to bring an instrument and perform at the Holywell Music Room), and a series of masterclasses in which participants receive coaching from highly renowned artists. These exciting opportunities are available to all abilities and are not to be missed.

The support for the Oxford Lieder Festival and the excitement at delving into one of the greatest song writers is palpable. Oxford will be full of song and a wider than ever range of venues are being used for this year’s events including Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, the Holywell Music Room (Europe’s oldest concert hall), the recently restored Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian Library.

Sholto Kynoch, Artistic Director of Oxford Lieder Festival, says: “I am thrilled that such an amazing array of artists will be coming to Oxford for this unique celebration of Schumann. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear his complete songs, as well as the fantastically wide-ranging series of additional events designed to give audiences a genuine insight into the man, his music and the world he inhabited.

“People often ask me what the highlights are: it’s impossible to pick a single event and the highlight for me is the whole Festival experience. Whether you just dip into one of our superb lunchtime recitals, or come to hear the world’s greatest singers, or want to spot the best new talent, you’ll find much to enjoy. I always encourage people to set aside some time and come to a selection of events and enjoy being immersed in Schumann and hearing him in a new light.”

For tickets book online or phone the Box Office on 01865 591276

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