‘Words and Music’ at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

FT_Weekend_oxford_literary_festivalOne feature of the Festival this year is an exhilarating programme of events with music at their core.

Philip Pullman will be talking about his life and musical loves – with his favourite pieces played live by The Orchestra of St John – in what promises to be a morpurgomozartstand-out event. Michael Morpurgo will see his haunting tale, The Mozart Question, brought vividly to life by a string quartet

Undoubtedly one of the most distinguished living musicians is Alfred Brendel, he will be in conversation with Nicholas Kenyon. Fans of the Blues have a chance to see Eric Bibb, truly one of the great contemporary singer-songwriters, in conversation with David Freeman.

Joanne Harris and Kevin Crossley-Holland will be accompanied by The Bookshop Band as they share stories from across the world.


Opera expert Fred Plotkin will help us celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss and Rupert Christansen, opera critic of The Daily Telegraph, will be giving us a tour through the Faber Pocket Guide to Opera. Wasfi Kani, founder of the acclaimed Grange Park Opera, offers an insiders view on the seemingly glamourous world of opera.


Mark Lewishon has written what is generally agreed to be the definitive biography of The Beatles, ‘The Beatles – All These Years’ His talk will include extracts of music from Elvis, Little Richard and Eddie Cochrane.

Children are not forgotten with Lucy Mangan and Philip Ardagh celebrating the genius of Roald Dahl in a riot of songs (from the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Matilda the Musical’), stories and discussion. Not to be missed whatever your age!

The streets of Oxford will truly be filled with song from March 22nd – 30th

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