The noun SmorgasChord denotes a cultural feast with numerous concerts in one day. The format of a SmorgasChord goes like this: guests may gorge on music, poetry and art till fully satiated. There is an expectation that they may still be somewhat famished in that regard...

Above: Hugo Herman Wilson and Sebastian Black perform Robert Schumann's Requiem, Op. 90, at SmorgasChord 2021.

SmorgasChord 2022

One year after presenting our inaugural festival, we bring you three days packed with music, poetry and art!


We are so excited to welcome our featured artists to Oxford, among them tenor Mark Padmore, pianist Andrew West, vocalist Kirit Singh, jorī player Jasdeep Singh, Echéa Quartet, composer Donghoon Shin, pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu, and cellist Tim Posner. 

Especially exciting is the first ever public showing of eight paintings by the artist Eva Frankfurther. The paintings will form the backbone of Sunday's concerts and it is a huge honour to be able to show them for the first time. 

As usual, new music is essential to what we do. This year, we perform music by countless living composers from home and abroad, including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Donghoon Shin and György Kurtág. Particularly intriguing will be the world premiere of a new piece for solo cello by Sebastian Black, commissioned for the festival for performance by Tim Posner.


The weather will be delightful, the evenings long, the wine insightful, the coffee strong: we look forward to seeing you there! 

Tickets on sale: 9am on 4 March.


17 June | University Church | 7.30pm

Mark Padmore | Andrew West | Echéa Quartet | Hugo Herman-Wilson | Sebastian Black


Robert Schumann | Lili Boulanger | Henry Purcell | Joseph Haydn | Modest Mussorgsky | Harrison Birtwistle

Harrison Birtwistle Songs from the Same Earth

£20 | £15 | £10 | Students £5 | Festival Pass £50


18 June | Jericho Coffee Traders Roastery | 10am, 11am, 12pm

A handful of short, fun pop-up concerts featuring artists from the festival

Swing by for a coffee, music and a chat at JCT's roastery in Osney!


18 June | New College Chapel | 8pm

George Xiaoyuan Fu | drupadhamar | Kirit Singh | Jasdeep Singh | Echéa Quartet | John Myerscough

Olivier Messiaen Catalogue d'Oiseaux (Book I)

Drupad & Dhamār

Franz Schubert String Quintet in C major D. 956

£20 | £10 | Students £5 | Festival Pass £50


19 June | Jericho Coffee Traders Roastery | Osney | 12 noon 

Our festival BBQ, featuring all sorts of delicious treats.


A wonderful opportunity to hang out with the artists from the festival!


19 June | Jesus College Chapel | 3.30pm

Andrew Dickinson | Vitor Fernandes | Hugo Herman-Wilson | Echéa Quartet

Poetry by

Gjertrud Schnackenberg | Walt Whitman | Gwendolyn Brooks | Joelle Taylor

James Merrill A Victor Dog

Music by 

Sebastian Black | Sir George Benjamin

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major K. 581

£12 | Students £3 |  Sunday Pass £25 | Festival Pass £50


19 June | New College Chapel | from 8pm

Tim Posner | Emily Earl | Donghoon Shin | Sebastian Black | Vitor Fernandes | Aliayta Foon-Dancoes | Echéa Quartet 

Music by 

Sebastian Black* | Gustav Mahler | Wolfgang Rihm | Donghoon Shin | Clara Schumann | György Kurtag | Oliver Knussen | Ludwig van Beethoven

Art by 

Eva Frankfurther

*World premiere

£20 | £10 | Students £5 | Sunday Pass £25 | Festival Pass £50

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