Oxford Lieder Festival

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Oxford Lieder Ltd
TypeCompany limited by guarantee, registered charity
IndustryMusic & entertainment
HeadquartersOxford, England
Key people
Sholto Kynoch: Founder-director

The Oxford Lieder Festival is a UK-based classical music festival, specialising in the art-song repertoire.


The Festival was founded in 2002 by the pianist Sholto Kynoch,[1] and in a short space of time grew to be the United Kingdom's largest art song festival.[2] Oxford Lieder is now a registered charity and in addition to the annual festival which takes place in October,[3] there are regular concerts and masterclasses throughout the year, and a growing programme of educational events. While most events are held in a core set of venues (including Holywell Music Room[4] and the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building), there has been a recent show of concerts outside of central Oxford, England.


In 2010, Oxford Lieder made its first recording with Stone Records under the Oxford Lieder Live banner. The disc, released in 2011,[5] was the first in a series that will comprise the first complete recordings of the songs of Hugo Wolf.[6] Seven of a total of eleven discs have now been released. In 2013, Oxford Lieder & Stone Records released a live recording of the complete Canticles of Benjamin Britten and a CD entitled 'Schubert Lieder Year by Year', featuring one song from each year of Schubert's compositional life.

Other activities[edit]

Oxford Lieder runs a Young Artist Platform, promoting young singer-pianist duos to music clubs and societies around England, Wales and Scotland. It is part of the Oxford Music Network,[7] and works with local schools during the annual festival.[8]


Performers who have participated in the festival include:

Soprano Mary Bevan, Sarah-Jane Brandon, Sophie Daneman, Geraldine McGreevy, Kate Royal
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, Anna Grevelius
Tenor James Gilchrist, Daniel Norman, Mark Padmore, Ian Partridge, Robin Tischler
Baritone Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, William Dazeley, Gerald Finley, Thomas Guthrie, Wolfgang Holzmair, Jonathan Lemalu, Stephan Loges, Christopher Maltman, Roderick Williams, Nicky Spence, Mark Stone, Håkan Vramsmo
Pianist Eugene Asti, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, Michael Dussek, Iain Farrington, Graham Johnson, Sholto Kynoch, Natasha Loges, Malcolm Martineau, Paul Plummer
Harpsichordist Julian Perkins
Narrator Simon Callow


  1. ^ "Opera Today : Ten Years of Celebrating Song: Oxford Lieder Festival 2011". operatoday.com. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Oxford Lieder Festival - October 2013 Events - Classical Music". Archived from the original on 7 April 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Preview of the Oxford Lieder Festival (From The Oxford Times)". oxfordtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Anna Larsson – review | Music | The Guardian". guardian.co.uk. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Wolf: The Complete Songs Vol 1: Mörike Lieder Part 1 – review | Music | The Guardian". guardian.co.uk. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  6. ^ Stone Records. Website. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  7. ^ admin@oxfordlieder.co.uk. "The Oxford Music Network". oxfordmusicnetwork.net. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  8. ^ Oxford Lieder website. Retrieved 20 November 2011.

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