'Song Futures: Cheryl Frances-Hoad' Project Announcement

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We are delighted to announce that Professor Philip Bullock in collaboration with the Oxford Lieder Festival have recently been awarded a Humanities Cultural Programme grant for their project ‘Song Futures: Cheryl Frances-Hoad’.


Oxford Lieder Festival Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch said:

"This award from the Humanities Cultural Programme will make a wonderful difference to the creation and dissemination of our Song Connections film showcasing Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Our Song Connections films offer our audiences at home and around the world the chance to further explore song, poetry and culture. We started the series in 2020 in response to the pandemic and it has been a key feature of our programmes ever since. Cheryl, who has been our Associate Composer since 2019, draws her association with Oxford Lieder to a close this year, and her new song cycle (receiving its world premiere during the Festival) celebrates our 20th and Oxford Botanic Garden's 400th anniversaries - so it's a milestone, celebratory year for us all! We are delighted to be collaborating with TORCH once more and very much look forward to showcasing this film from October."


Oxford Lieder opens up classical music, poetry and literature for diverse audiences through an internationally acclaimed programme of concerts and study events presented in partnership with world-leading artists and academic specialists.


The Humanities Cultural Programme will support the presentation of a specially made Song Connections film. The film will explore the creation of Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s major new song cycle, Everything Grows Extravagantly, which has been co-commissioned by Oxford Lieder and the Oxford Botanic Garden in celebration of our 20th and the Botanic Garden's 400th anniversaries, and with specially-written texts by poet Kate Wakeling. Cheryl provides insight into her collaboration with Kate Wakeling, her time as an Oxford Lieder composer, and her role as a Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College.


Find out more about the Oxford Lieder's programme here.

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Partner organisations for this event are Merton College and Oxford Botanic Garden.


To find out more about the Humanities Cultural Programme funded HCP project please visit: Song Futures: Cheryl Frances-Hoad


photo credit: Brand Tills