Music sheet showing Debussy's setting of Verlaine's Ariettes oubliées.

Debussy's setting of Verlaine's Ariettes oubliées

Project Lead:

Catriona Seth | All Souls College | Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages

Partner Organisations:

Maison Française d’Oxford

#OxOnSong brings together the Faculties of Medieval and Modern Languages and Music as well as the Maison Française d’Oxford. Our 2020 “Debussy Days” will be bringing together British and French performers for a series of concerts, organising a skills session on languages and pronunciation for musicians (building on the TORCH song network’s achievements), a public lecture and a translation competition. It will benefit undergraduates, graduates, but also the wider community e.g. through attendance at the concerts and lecture or participation in the translation competition (which has a specific category for under 18s).

We have launched the poetry competition (https://torch.ox.ac.uk/article/french-poetry-translation-competition) and can now announce that the book prizes will be Blackwell’s book tokens!

Our line-up for the concerts includes two exciting young musicians who will be performing together for the first time: soprano Anna Sideris and pianist Eloïse Bella Kohn. We have also invited the French duo of Philippe Cantor and Daniel Propper.


There will be two recitals and one piano concert. All will include at least some Debussy as a nod to his 2019 anniversary.


We anticipate that #OxOnSong will be an annual event and include possible collaborations with the Lieder Festival. We hope there will be other languages involved over the years – it could be Spanish with a Granados theme for instance or Russian with Rachmaninov, not to mention German with Schubert and so on. We may invite guest ‘curators’ for future editions of #OxOnSong.



Catriona Seth


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

future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.