Oxford Lieder Festival 2020: Connections Across Time

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Primary Investigator:

Prof Philip Bullock

Professor of Russian Literature and Music

Fellow of Wadham College

About the project:

Oxford Lieder is one of the world’s leading promoters of classical song, with an international reputation for providing excellent concerts and enlightening study events with world-leading artists and academic specialists. The centre of its annual programme is the Oxford Lieder Festival, live-streamed via its website this year, with concerts and study events filmed within the University.

A series of thought-provoking study events in partnership with the Ashmolean Museum, Voltaire Foundation, Botanic Garden, Harcourt Arboretum, Museum of Natural History and the Bodleian Libraries, The Queen’s College, Wadham College, and Worcester College forms the backbone of this year’s Festival: Connections Across Time: A Brief History of Song. Each event features talks by leading academics from Oxford University, jointly invited and curated by Philip Ross Bullock and Sholto Kynoch, to showcase Oxford’s unique research, collections and architecture, with musical illustrations from Oxford Lieder’s roster of exceptional Young Artists. This combination of talks and music, presented in live and pre-recorded videos, provides fascinating new insights into the topics explored for wide and diverse audiences.

Classical song appeals to enthusiasts around the world. Oxford Lieder attracts an annual attendance of over 13,000 but is also at the forefront of developing new audiences. Live-streaming enables us to reach a huge international audience. Through these study events, Oxford Lieder, Oxford's researchers and their partners in the galleries, libraries and museums illuminate classical song, poetry, and the interaction between music, literature, and wider culture and history for this audience, showcasing and promoting the Humanities at Oxford and the University’s pioneering research by leading humanities academics.

Partner Organisations:

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Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the

future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.

Find out more about our project collaborators

Partner Organisations:



Prof Nicholas Cronk - Voltaire Foundation

Janet Stott - Oxford University's Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM)

Martin Holmes - Faculty of Music 

Prof Simon Hiscock - Department of Plant Sciences

Susan McCormack - Oxford University's Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM)

Ellen Parkes - Oxford Lieder Festival

Sholto Kynoch - Oxford Lieder Festival