By Jo Parker Oxford Harmonic Choir is offering an exciting opportunity on November 30 to hear an infrequently performed work: Max Bruch’s Odysseus: Scenes from the Odyssey, for Choir, Soloists and Orchestra. Bruch’s oratorio, written in 1872, was a great success in its own day; Brahms chose a shortened version of it for his final … More Rare Performance of Max Bruch’s Odysseus.
The thirteenth annual Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert will be given by David Titterington at Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday. Dr Andrew Chamblin, a theoretical physicist at Oxford, died suddenly in February 2006 at the age of 36. Close friend and former colleague Dr Joanna Ashbourn founded the Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert series in 2007 to … More In Memory of Andrew
The Waterperry Opera Festival – founded last year by tenor Guy Withers and freelance opera director Rebecca Meltzer – is back with another exciting season. Guy Withers tells me more. You had a very successful inaugural festival last year. You must be delighted with the way things went and the feedback you have had? We … More ‘Magic in the air’ at Waterperry
Bampton Classical Opera has been blowing the dust off neglected 18th century operas for more than quarter of a century, breathing fresh life into works that have faded into obscurity despite their initial popularity. This year’s offering is the two-act opera buffa Bride and Gloom (Gli sposi malcontenti), written by English composer Stephen Storace and … More Hail, bride and gloom!
Review: Melody – A Musical by Nia Williams The Jam Factory, Oxford, 9th June 2019 This was the second showing of new musical Melody by the Oxford-based writer and musician Nia Williams, and after seeing some of the enthusiastic feedback to the April premiere I went along to The Jam Factory with high expectations. I wasn’t … More ‘A really compelling piece of theatre’
Oxford-based writer and musician Nia Williams tells me about her new musical, Melody, which premiered at the Old Fire Station’s Crisis Café in April and can be seen again this month at The Jam Factory and The Jericho Tavern. The 75-minute piece stars local performers Marilyn Moore and Guy Brigg, accompanied by Nia and directed … More Introducing Melody
On Saturday, the Oxford Bach Choir will be performing Handel’s oratorio Athalia at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, to mark the building’s 350th anniversary. Robin Darwall-Smith, Archivist of University and Jesus Colleges, Oxford, and a tenor with the choir, explores the history of Athalia and Handel’s connections with Oxford. This year Oxford is celebrating the 350th … More Bringing Athalia Home: Handel and the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
The 13th English Music Festival opens on Friday and promises to be another glorious celebration of the English music repertoire, from the familiar to the little-known. The festival was founded in 2006 by Em Marshall-Luck to champion English music and showcase neglected gems from the repertoire. Here Em tells me how the festival came about … More Showcasing the English music repertoire
Guest post by Oxford Harmonic Choir. This interview was originally published on the choir’s website (http://oxfordharmonicchoir.org). David Lancaster was the winner of our 2017 composition competition. Oxford Harmonic Choir is proud to be performing the world première of Of Trumpets and Angels in Oxford Town Hall on 29 June 2019. David Lancaster is an award-winning … More Interview with David Lancaster
Next Tuesday sees the launch of an exciting new project at d’Overbroeck’s School, Oxford, where Vaughan Williams’ song cycle On Wenlock Edge will be performed as a live soundtrack to an animated shadow puppet film created and edited live by Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood. Tenor Dan Norman, who conceived the project, will be joined by Sholto Kynoch … More A New Approach to ‘On Wenlock Edge’