‘I thought, “Sholto must be a lunatic to want to do this!” But if they wouldn’t think twice about putting it on in Vienna, why not here?’
‘My initial reaction was, “You’ll never do it”. I should have known better!’
‘If anyone was going to pull this off, it had to be Sholto. And it’s going to be fantastic!’
The words, respectively, of Sir Thomas Allen, Sarah Walker and Sophie Daneman, all participants in the most ambitious Oxford Lieder Festival yet, put together by its founder and artistic director, pianist Sholto Kynoch. The Schubert Project embraces the little matter of every song written by Franz Schubert. And then some. And then some more.