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The Oxford Lieder Festival is one of the largest and most important song festivals in the United Kingdom and was founded ten years ago. Each year it has gone from strength to strength and the programme for 2011 is the best yet. The festival runs from the 14th – 29th October 2011 and encompasses two important weekend events. If you cannot make these dates do not despair because there are Song Evenings at later times as well as educational events.

Schubert Weekend

If you are a fan of Schubert then the first weekend, 14th – 17th October, is for you. This will be an opportunity to totally immerse yourself in Schubert and his romantic music and work. There will be concerts, workshops and talks and believe it or not it is being claimed that there will be the opportunity to hear nearly all the material he wrote for voice. Since many believe that he wrote around six hundred lieder that is a lot of songs!

Swedish Weekend

The second weekend, 22nd – 23rd October is being promoted as mainly Swedish. There is a long tradition in Oxford of Scandinavian music and if it is new to you it will be worth finding out about these treasures. Many of the artists taking part are professionals who are used to performing on the large stages such as Glyndebourne. They give freely of their time at this event because they recognise the commitment and enthusiasm of those attending.

Wagner Effect

From 18th – 19th October fans of Wagner will be in their element when this event looks not only at the great man and his music but also the influence he has had.

The great thing is that you can participate in this, not just sit and listen.

Schools Project Concert

This takes place on 14th October so can be taken in by those attending the Schubert weekend. Part of the remit of the Oxford Lieder is to promote young talent and there are lots of opportunities for rising stars to develop. This concert is the chance to see some of the best new talent and it is always well supported.

Outdoor Part Songs

This takes place on the same day, 14th October and weather permitting there will be music in Radcliffe Square.

New Works

Every year new works are commissioned and this year it is Charlotte Bray who has written a song cycle for baritone and piano and it will be performed by Roderick Williams. This will be a rare treat. There is also the opportunity to seek out new recordings, to listen to them, appreciate their beauty and then buy to enhance your own collection.

Oxford is such an accessible place; there is no shortage of reasonable accommodation, restaurants, cafes and bars. So if this has whetted your appetite for a break away with a difference make haste and book now.

Monica Yashvilli works for an agency and writes about ” for a hotel that also offers “. This content is not promotional, but should be considered professional content.

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