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Oxford Lieder’s Spring Weekend 2022 focused on women composers of the past, the countless gifted figures who vanished from our recital stages. OLF’s artistic director Sholto Kynoch invited SWAP’ra to co-curate events throughout the weekend, and going forward as a long-term project to unearth and to give voice to some of these unjustly forgotten composers. In the long term, SWAP’ra will collaborate with Oxford Lieder Festival to create an invaluable online resource for artists and programmers looking to expand their repertoire of women composer’s art songs. This will include song-focused biographies, links to scores, recordings, texts and translations, programming suggestions, and more. In the shorter term, we have been busy researching composers and gathering repertoire, and we look forward to programming a great deal of this work for events at Oxford Lieder in the near future.


This resource is in it’s early stages, so do head over to their website to see our progress so far. . We are so excited to develop and add to this project over the coming few years, in collaboration with OLF. 




All three of the main evening recitals kicked off with a mini-recital slot performed by some of the outstanding young artists who contributed to our inaugural SWAP’ra Forgotten Voices online festival in 2021, presented in association with HERA. These artists presented music by Hedwige Chrétien, Margarete Schweikert, Margaret Bonds, Elizabeth Maconchy, Johanna Müller-Hermann, Betty Jackson-King, Rebecca Clarke, Elaine Hugh-Jones, and many more.

lecture recitals
with thanks

We are hugely grateful to the following for their financial support towards the research, development and delivery of this project:


The Golsoncott Foundation 

The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust

The Royal Musical Association

The Wavendon Foundation

The Winship Foundation

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