Acclaimed pianist Julius Drake returns to the Oxford Lieder Festival on 18th October. Celebrating its 15th anniversary edition, the festival will be centred on The Schumann Project. The Project, in honour of the 160th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s death, will explore his life, influences and legacy through a series of lied, chamber and choral works; lectures, discussions and study events; and artistic partnerships with renowned singers and instrumentalists. In addition to Schumann’s complete songs, the festival will feature works by his friends and contemporaries, including Mendelssohn and Brahms. The festival will also feature 29 songs by Schumann’s wife Clara, in this, the 120th anniversary year of her death.

Mr. Drake, who has been involved with the festival since its conception, will be performing songs by Schubert and Brahms with the celebrated Viennese soprano Birgid Steinberger in Oxford’s Holywell Music Room and presenting a Shakespeare celebration in words and music with the great Swedish mezzo, Anne Sofie von Otter, in the Sheldonian Theatre. Ahead of the festival, Mr. Drake was interviewed by Claire Seymour of Opera Today where he discusses lieder, chamber music, the festival and its founder, Sholto Kynock.

Click here to read about some of Julius Drakes insights into Schumann’s music and to learn more about the festival in Opera Today.

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