Fri 13 October
The Festival opens with a gloriously varied day, starting off with an opportunity to create your own art in response to songs. An exploration of Persian poetry, art and music follows this, with the world premiere of a new work by Iranian composer Mahdis Kashani that fuses Iranian and European classical styles. Our opening-night concert is given by two of the world’s great musicians, Dame Sarah Connolly and Dame Imogen Cooper, in the splendour of the Sheldonian Theatre.
Today's highlight event...
13 October 2023 | 7:30pm
Songs of a Wayfarer
Sarah Connolly, Imogen Cooper, Guy Elliott & Hamish Brown
A truly thrilling opening-night concert for this year’s Festival, with two of the world’s best-known artists: Sarah Connolly and Imogen Cooper. They perform songs by Robert Schumann, Carl Loewe and Henri Duparc, before concluding with Mahler’s richly evocative Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (‘Songs of a Wayfarer’).
13 October 2023 | 11:30am
Quiet Music: A Draw-Along
Bethany Horak-Hallet, Natalie Burch & Julia Thaxton
13 October 2023 | 2:00pm
Laudan Nooshin, Francesca Leoni, Philip Ross Bullock & Dominic Parviz Brookshaw