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Oxford Lieder Festival
As ever an absolute joy to be back at the wonderful Oxford Lieder Festival this week, this time leading a composition workshop alongside mezzo-soprano Ciara Hendrick and university composition professors Robert Saxton and Martyn Harry. Undergraduate and postgraduate Oxford composition students had chosen an array of poems, and set them in a great variety of musical styles. We spent a full couple of hours discussing details of helpful voice setting, idiomatic piano writing, clarity of notation, and interpretation of poems, with an audience of composers, students and interested festival onlookers!