The 1828 Syndicate

The 1828 Syndicate is our special group of supporters, founded to support the Festival's long-term artistic ambitions.

Our 1828 Syndicate was founded in early 2022 thanks to a generous lead gift from Hamish & Sophie Forsyth to support our annual Schubert Weekends at each Oxford International Song Festival from 2022-2028.

We are looking ahead to milestones for the Festival in 2024 - when we celebrate 10 years on from 'The Schubert Project' (the groundbreaking and RPS-award winning Festival in 2014 when all of Schubert's songs were performed) - and 2028, the bicentenary of Schubert's death.

During our Schubert Weekends, pre-eminent scholar-pianist Graham Johnson will give a lecture-recital, tracing the final seven years of Schubert's life in detail, and the other events and concerts across each weekend will have a particular focus on this pioneering composer.

Members make exceptionally generous gifts with an annual commitment to support at this level until at least 2024.

Please contact Ellen Parkes ( to find out more.

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