The 21st Oxford Lieder Festival

Friendship in Song: An Intimate Art

TheOxford Lieder Festival (14 – 29 October 2022) will celebrate its 21st birthday this autumn, coming of age in a fortnight that focuses on song as an intimate art form with its origins in friendship and conviviality. An astonishing array of artists will appear in around 80 events, encompassing the great works of the repertoire alongside new works and exciting discoveries.


Song is a form of music-making that grew up around the piano, at social gatherings and salons, among friends. Composers wrote many of their finest songs for these settings, and they were often inspired by their friendships with other composers, poets and painters. This vast range of repertoire will gently steer the Festival programme both inside the traditional concert halls and into some of Oxford’s smaller venues for a more informal and intimate concert experience.

World-leading singers appearing at the Festival include Dame Sarah Connolly, Christoph Prégardien, Kate Royal, Carolyn Sampson, Camilla Tilling, Dorothea Röschmann, Roderick Williams, Birgid Steinberger, Thomas Oliemans, Claire Booth, Benjamin Appl, Christopher Purves, and James Gilchrist, amongst many others. Mark Padmore will be Artist in Residence. Singers appearing for the first time include Lestyn Davies, Christine Rice, Werner Güra, Sarah Wegener and Julian Prégardien. The cream of the new generation will also be showcased through the latest cohort of Oxford Lieder Young Artists, and with singers including Marie-Laure Garnier, Hugh Cutting, Stuart Jackson, Jessica Cale and Helen Charlston.

British-Chinese composer Alex Ho will be Associate Composer for the next two years, and the world premiere of his new song cycle commissioned by Oxford Lieder will be given at the Festival by Fleur Baron and Kunal Lahiry. A residential mastercourse will be led by Mark Padmore, and study days will be given by Graham Johnson, Natasha Loges, Philip Bullock and Gavin Plumley. A lunchtime series focusing on Vaughan Williams – whose 150th anniversary falls just before the Festival – will be given by BBC New Generation artists past and present, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and includes the world premiere of a new cycle by Ian Venables, written as a companion piece to Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge and performed by Alessandro Fisher, William Vann and the Navarra Quartet.

Passes are on sale now from www.oxfordlieder.co.uk / telephone 01865 591276

General Booking opens on 4 July.