Gweneth Ann Rand

We have got a pair of tickets to give away to The Ashmolean’s Colour Revolution exhibition, plus tickets to the accompanying Oxford International Song Festival concert on Friday October 20!

It’s an interesting premise – to base an entire concert not only around colour, but also a specific exhibition.

And yet, when Oxford International Song Festival (formerly Oxford Lieder) got in touch with famous soprano Gweneth Ann Rand, asking her to programme a concert inspired by the new Colour Revolution exhibition at The Ashmolean, she signed up immediately. BOOK HERE

Turner’s Venice. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

You can hear the results for yourself next Friday (October 20), when Gwen and pianist Simon Lepper will perform music by Barber, Britten, Debussy and Messiaen, alongside Ashmolean curators introducing selected exhibition highlights, including works by Ruskin, Burne-Jones, and Goethe‘s Theory of Colours at The Holywell Music Rooms.

‘come with an open heart, because this is really just a different way of telling stories’

And we have got a pair of tickets to give away to The Ashmolean’s Colour Revolution exhibition, and tickets to the concert itself.

READ OUR REVIEW OF THE EXHIBITION HERE

Gweneth Ann Rand (BlueWoman)

“It will be a really unique evening,” Gwen agrees, “a musical journey of discovery aimed at making classical music and art more accessible.”

‘It will be a really unique evening -a musical journey of discovery to make classical music and art more accessible’

“I want the audience to be able to listen and see things in technicolour, because everyone has an emotional response to art and I want to musicalise that reaction – to give a fully cinematic sound to the paintings, so that they really resonate together.

And while Gwen, currently an Associate Artist at Wigmore Hall, is used to programming eclectic concerts, she still found the Oxford concert an exciting collaboration.

Ramon Casas – Young woman. Musee de Montserrat

So where did she start? “Some composers compose in colour but the programme is also a response to the pictures in this exhibition, so I’ve built this programme from the ground up.”

“I like doing things that people haven’t done before. So this visual and aural journey is really exciting”

“I like doing things that people haven’t done before. I’m always out of my comfort zone. It’s where I like to be. So this visual and aural journey is a really exciting thing to be part of.”

Curator Matthew Winterbottom with Henry Wyndham Phillips’portrait of Owen Jones

And who is it aimed at? “Anyone who has a reaction to music or art because there is something there that will trigger you.

“Art and music are essentially about communication, and everyone wants to communicate. So come with an open heart, because this is really just a different way of telling stories. BOOK HERE

COLOUR REVOLUTION AT THE ASHMOLEAN: VICTORIAN ART, FASHION & DESIGN runs until February 18 2024. BOOK HERE

For full details on the Oxford International Song Festival which runs from October 13-28 go to https://oxfordsong.org/events

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The competition closes on Wednesday October 17 at midnight when the winner will be chosen and contacted.

Competition Terms

  • Prize: A pair of tickets to see Gweneth Ann Rand, Simon Lepper & Matthew Winterbottom in concert Colour Revolution on Friday October 20 at 7.30pm BOOK HERE AND 2 x tickets to see the Ashmolean’s COLOUR REVOLUTION AT THE ASHMOLEAN: VICTORIAN ART, FASHION & DESIGN BOOK HERE (date to be selected by the winner)
  • Prize is not transferable and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.
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  • You must be 18 years old or older to enter!

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