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SJE Arts Sheldonian Theatre Holywell Music Room Christ Church Cathedral University Church Divinity School Convocation House Phoenix Picturehouse


'...a world-class gathering by any standards' Time Out 'Truly festive, different and distinctive, a closely guarded secret with exhilarating atmosphere and artistry' The Daily Telegraph 'An event of national rather than merely local significance' The Independent

We are proud in helping the OCMF magic to materialise! Robin Swailes Design and Development


A very warm welcome to the festival programme! Through the fjords and forests of Scandinavia, full of mythology, legend and song, we embark this year on a musical journey deeply connected to the purest sounds of nature, folk music and the majestic landscapes of the north with its endless horizons. Our festival artists in 2019 are almost exclusively Scandinavian and bring with them all the cultural authenticity of interpretation that this special programme demands. You are warmly invited to experience the unique OCMF atmosphere and hear this world class gathering between 8-12 October in atmospheric and unusual venues all around Oxford. Scandinavia embodies ideals and surprising paradoxes, where the fire and ice at the heart of its music live alongside a sense of Hygge and community – this is what a true festival spirit represents! We look forward very much to you being part of this and seeing all our OCMF friends again in the Autumn. Priya Mitchell Artistic Director


SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER PHOENIX PICTUREHOUSE, 8 pm

£11.60/10.60/7.10

FESTIVAL FRINGE: FILM SCREENING '4' by Daniel Kutschinski A tale of creation and destruction, struggle and friendship, as told by the Quatuor Ebène, one of the world’s most exciting string quartets. Q & A with the director Daniel Kutschinski and festival musicians after the film screening.

Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival 2015 – Best Documentary Award


'One of the finest, most sensitive films ever conceived about music' LuĂ­s Gago, El PaĂ­s 'Watching 4 we encounter a tenderness that can only characterise a sensitive love story' Yvonne Petitpierre, Deutschlandfunk


TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER SJE ARTS, 7.45 pm | ÂŁ 25

SCANDI NOIR TORD GUSTAVSEN TRIO Tord Gustavsen piano Jarle Vespestad drums Sigurd Hole bass OCMF 2019 gets off to an exciting start with the internationally-celebrated Norwegian pianist/composer Tord Gustavsen, whose distinctive, mesmerising chamber jazz has produced a hugely successful series of albums for the ECM label. With 2018's The Other Side he returned to the trio format with long-time collaborator Vespestad and new bassist Hole, blending his trademark emotional intensity, subtle rhythmic grooves, and his own memorable melodic gift, with Norwegian folk tunes and the Lutheran chorales of J S Bach.


'This trio's ability to capture doubt, joy and anxiety in a few notes is breathtaking.' Downbeat


WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER SHELDONIAN THEATRE, 2 PM | Free

CHILDREN'S CONCERT

A concert aimed at children featuring celebrated Scandinavian repertoire, Norse readings, Fairy Tales and Folk songs. Book your free ticket via Tickets Oxford box office Carrasco Hjelm | Marmen | Mitchell | Pensola | Sundqvist | Thomsen | Ticciati | Tikkanen | Vaernes

presented in partnership with d’Overbroeck's

SHELDONIAN THEATRE, 6.45 PM | £5 or Free with 7.45 PM concert ticket

SUMMER NIGHTS & WINTER STORMS This talk by Professor Daniel Grimley introduces Sibelius’s life and work and locates him within the rich artistic and cultural contexts of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Finland and Scandinavia. His recurrent themes and preoccupations will be explored alongside his relationship with broader European culture and aesthetics.


SHELDONIAN THEATRE, 7.45 PM | £40/30/15

SCANDINAVIAN SMÖRGÅSBORD A gala concert to celebrate the rich flavours of our week of Scandinavian music: world-famous pieces by Grieg, beautiful and intense new music from our composers-in-residence, and Sibelius's astonishing violin Humoresques - a wonderful discovery for those who love his violin concerto Sibelius Andante Festivo arr. for 2 string quartets | Grieg Holberg Suite Fagerlund Cadenza for clarinet solo | Atterberg Suite no. 3 for violin, viola and string orchestra Bjarnason Air to Breath for solo cello and strings | Gade Tango Jalousie | Nielsen Intermezzo: a waltz Grieg Solveig’s Song | Sibelius Humoresques Kraggerud | Vaernes | Marmen | Mitchell | Pensola | Sundqvist | Ticciati | Thedéen | Thomsen | Tikkanen | L. A. Tomter

Concert sponsored by Robin Swailes

RECEPTION AT THE VAULTS

with encores for Friends and Sponsors


THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER HOLYWELL MUSIC ROOM, 1 PM | £15

MALINCONIA: DARK LANDS

The darker depths of the Scandinavian character are turned upside down by Grieg's explosive and exhilarating quartet, based on his song Fiddlers Sibelius Valse Triste for piano solo | Sibelius Malinconia for cello and piano Ole Bull La Melancholie | Grieg Spoillemaend (Fiddlers) song | Bjarnason Selected piano pieces | Grieg String quartet no. 1 in G minor op. 27 Kärkkäinen | Kraggerud | Shirinyan | C. Tomter | Vaernes | Vertavo Quartet

HOLYWELL MUSIC ROOM, 5.15 PM | £5 or Free with 6pm concert ticket

GRIEG: MUSIC, LANDSCAPE AND NORWEGIAN IDENTITY

Prof Daniel Grimley lectures on Grieg's musical contribution, focusing in particular on his response to landscape.


HOLYWELL MUSIC ROOM, 6 PM | £15

1886: A SCANDINAVIAN LOVE STORY Henning Kraggerud takes us on a unique journey, narrating a gripping true love story through words and music, which includes extracts from the great romantic violin sonatas by Grieg, Brahms and Franck. The performance also reveals a secret in Svendsen's One-minute musical love letter (UK premiere). Kraggerud | Shirinyan

HOLYWELL MUSIC ROOM, 8 PM | £22

VOCES INTIMAE

One of Sibelius's very greatest works, coupled with one of Schubert's - with its intriguing Swedish bloodline. Fagerlund Oceano for string trio | Sibelius string quartet ‘Voces Intimae’ Isak Berg folk-song setting, 'Se solen sjunker' on which Schubert based the second movement of his trio Schubert Piano trio no 2 in Eb major Mitchell | Pensola | Shirinyan | Tikkanen | Thedéen | Vertavo Quartet


FRIDAY I I OCTOBER CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, 1 PM | £15

MAGICAL FOREST AND THE MOUNTAIN KING Musical alchemy as we blend baroque bounce with modern fire, by way of Berwald's classical wit, awe-inspiring Nielsen and Grieg's immortal masterpiece depicting the globetrotting Norwegian peasant, Peer Gynt. Telemann Overture Les Suedois anciens / Les Danois modernes Roman Asaggi no 3 in G minor for solo violin Nielsen Chaconne op. 32 | Alfven The Forest Sleeps for violin and piano Grieg Peer Gynt suite for piano-four-hands | Fagerlund Fuel II | Berwald Septet Hultmark | Kärkkäinen | Marmen | Mitchell | Pensola | Shirinyan | Sundqvist | Ticciati | Tikkanen | L. A. Tomter | Vaernes

DIVINITY SCHOOL 6.15 PM | £5 or Free with 7.30 PM concert ticket

COMPOSERS PODIUM Sebastian Fagerlund and Daníel Bjarnason discuss the creative process and how their Scandinavian roots have influenced their compositions


CONVOCATION HOUSE 7.30 PM | £22

ARCTIC CIRCLES A concert full of surprising musical and emotional connections. Here are circles of time; a moving meditation on early death; a surging, overflowing romantic epic, and a glimpse of the eternal. Handel/ Halvorsen Passacaglia | Dowland The King of Denmark's Galliard | Nielsen Ved en Ung Kunstners Baare – At the bier of a young artist | Brustad 3 capricci | Cantus Arcticus - improvisation on the theme | Svedsen string octet in A major, op. 3 Carrasco Hjelm | Kraggerud | Mitchell | Pensola | Sundqvist | Thedéen | Ticciati | Tikkanen | L. A.Tomter | Vaernes

UNIVERSITY CHURCH, 10:45 PM | £10 or Free for 8-25 year olds

LATE NIGHT CONCERT: MIDNIGHT SUN Join us after dark, for two luminous Finnish night-pieces, and three great Danes – Jens Sondergaard, whose wildly colourful paintings we show with contemporary composer Karsten Fundal's atmospheric flute score; and Hamlet's Ophelia. Sibelius Nocturne for flute and strings | Brahms Ophelia Lieder WoO22 | Shostakovich Ophelia’s song Fagerlund Stilla for violin and piano | Saariaho Nocturne | Fundal Farvekraft (Colour power) for flute and bass flute, with projections of the paintings which inspired the music, by the Danish expressionist Jens Sondergaard Carrasco Hjelm | Kraggerud | Pensola | Shirinyan | Ticciati | Tikkanen | Thedéen | Thomsen | C. Tomter | Vaernes


SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER UNIVERSITY CHURCH, 1PM | £15 *

NORSE LEGENDS Grieg Lyric pieces and song transcriptions for solo piano | Grieg cello sonata op.36 Bjarnason White Flags for piano trio | Sibelius En Saga arr. for strings and winds

UNIVERSITY CHURCH, 3.30PM | £15 *

EQUINOX Since the 17th century, philosophers, theorists and composers have argued over the intrinsic characters of different musical keys, and over their surprising links to time and space.These ideas inspired Henning Kraggerud and the world-famous author Jostein Gaarder (Sophie's World) to collaborate on Equinox. 'Kraggerud's Prom encore [of Equinox's 10th postlude] opened a window on a magical world' BBC Music Magazine Hammond | Kraggerud

* or £20 to include a cream tea at any point during the afternoon at the Vaults & Garden Café


THE OLD LIBRARY, UNIVERSITY CHURCH, 6.30PM | £15 *

ANCIENT FORCES: SCANDIC FOLKLORE The Lodestar Trio is an exciting collaboration between Max Baillie and two stars of the Scandinavian folk scene: Erik Rydvall on a Swedish Nyckelharpa and Olav Mjelva on a Norwegian hardanger fiddle.The trio explores the links between Folk and Baroque music and has featured on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and Norwegian Radio. Lodestar Trio

UNIVERSITY CHURCH, 7.45PM | £22

YGGDRASIL:THE TREE OF LIFE Concert in support of Greta Thunberg and XR Yggdrasil is the tree of life, an eternally green ash tree whose branches connect the nine worlds of Norse mythology, and stretch up into the heavens. Our closing concert is a celebration – of humanity's deep connections to our fragile and delicate ecosystem, so perfectly summed up in the legend of Yggdrasil, and so inspirationally defended by a global movement growing out of Sweden, and connecting people across continents. Schubert Octet in F major, D803 | Folk connections Max Baillie's Lodestar Trio join forces with Festival artists to include improvisation around ancient Swedish ballads, Finnish tango, and some rocking arrangements of Danish folk tunes. Carrasco Hjelm | Hultmark | Kraggerud | Lodestar Trio | Mitchell | Pensola | Shirinyan | Sundqvist | Ticciati | Tikkanen | Thedéen | L. A. Tomter | Vaernes


OCMF ARTISTS VIOLIN

Henning Kraggerud Johannes Marmen Priya Mitchell Minna Pensola Hugo Ticciati Antti Tikkanen

VIOLA

FLUTE

Janne Thomsen

CLARINET

Christoffer Sundqvist

BASSOON

Emily Hultmark

PIANO

Lars Anders Tomter Henning Kraggerud Antti Tikkanen

Marianna Shirinyan Heini Kärkkäinen

CELLO

VOICE

Torleif Thedéen Bjorg Vaernes

DOUBLE BASS Jordi Carrasco Hjelm

Cecilia Tomter

SPEAKERS

Prof. Daniel Grimley Graham Topping

COMPOSERS IN RESIDENCE Daníel Bjarnasson Sebastian Fagerlund

VERTAVO QUARTET

Øyvor Volle | Annabelle Meare Berit Cardas | Bjørg Vaernes

LODESTAR FOLK TRIO

Max Baillie | Olav Mjelva Erik Rydvall

TORD GUSTAVSEN TRIO Tord Gustavsen | Jarle Vespestad Sigurd Hole


DANÍEL BJARNASON

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE

Icelandic conductor and composer Daníel Bjarnason is currently artist in residence with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and has been recognised on numerous occasions at the the Icelandic Music Awards. Recent and upcoming commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, Britten Sinfonia, Jennifer Koh, So Percussion, Calefax and the Calder Quartet. Daniel’s versatility has also led to collaborations with a broad array of musicians outside the classical field including Sigur Rós, Brian Eno and Ben Frost. Daníel is a member of Bedroom Community, the Icelandic record label and close-knit collective comprising nine like-minded, yet diverse musicians from different corners of the globe.

'Coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world.' Time Out New York


SEBASTIAN FAGERLUND

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE

Sebastian Fagerlund has established himself as one of the most prominent European composers of his generation. He studied composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki under the guidance of Erkki Jokinen and received his diploma in composition in 2004. Important aspects of Fagerlund’s work are his interest in large-scale forms and a profound view of music expressing fundamental questions and existential experiences.

'Boundless technical resource at the service of a considerable imagination.' BBC Music Magazine


'Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.' ADVERT Gustav Mahler

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TRUSTEES

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PATRONS AND SPONSORS Barnsbury Charitable Trust | Kathleen Trust | Bishopsdown Trust | Mr & Mrs JA Pye's Charitable Settlement | Hugo & Mary Rose Brunner | Park Hill Charitable Trust | Oliver & Rosie Ticciati | Pratima Mitchell | Graham & Hilary Laurie | Mark & Georgie Rowse | Jo Lane | The Kenyon-Gewirtz Family | Beate Howitt | Christopher Scott | James Malcomson | Duncan Hinnells | Emma Chamberlain | Sam & Debbie Laidlaw | Philip & Jude Pullman | Rosie Pearson | University Church

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Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2019 - Scandinavia: From Hygge to Fire and Ice