Academy Pianists at Oxford Lieder

-Posted on 04.11.2015

Academy piano alumni, students and professors take major roles

Academy pianists took major roles in the 2015 edition of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which was awarded last year’s prestigious RPS Music Award for Chamber Music and Song, as well as being shortlisted in the ‘Concert Series and Festivals’ category.

The Fourteenth Oxford Lieder Festival – ‘Singing Words: Poets and Their Songs’ – ran from 16th to 31st October 2015 and brought a glittering array of musicians to Oxford in a diverse and enticing programme. It focussed on poets and the words that shape songs, with many programmes devoted to specific poets. A lunchtime concert series included the songs of Gabriel Fauré, for which the Academy’s Roy Howat and Emily Kilpatrick are part-way through editing a new multi-volume critical edition for Peters Edition. 

The festival also included a rush-hour recital of Brahms Lieder at Holywell Music Room by members of Royal Academy of Music Song Circle: mezzo-soprano Olivia Warburton, bass-baritone Michael Mofidian and pianist Jonathan Palmer Lakeland

Founder and Director Sholto Kynoch is an Academy alumnus in piano accompaniment and Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Other Academy alumni pianists who performed included Graham Johnson, Simon Lepper, Christopher Glynn, James Baillieu (now an Academy professor), Joseph Middleton, Anna Tilbrook, Dierdre Brenner and Finnegan Downie Dear, and current students Jâms Coleman and Michael Pandya. Academy Head of Piano Accompaniment Michael Dussek also appeared. 

A substantial contingent of vocal alumni also appeared at this year’s festival.

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