Pete Gow and the Siren Strings
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Pete Gow and the Siren Strings

‘Here There's No Sirens’ the debut solo album from Case Hardin frontman Pete Gow, has recently been released on Clubhouse Records. Long regarded as one of the UK's finest songwriters, Gow delivers an album rich in songwriting prowess and full of evocative imagery. A storyteller at heart, Gow conjures up a modern day classic that entwines itself around your heart whilst penetrating the soul, underlining his reputation whilst stretching the band confines into new pastures. Awash with strings and piano, ‘Here There's No Sirens’ is undoubtedly Gow's boldest endeavour yet but one that provides arguably his greatest triumph.

Tickets available from here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/471515

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Molly Tuttle in concert
Oct
30
7:30 PM19:30

Molly Tuttle in concert

A virtuosic, award-winning guitarist with a gift for insightful songwriting, Molly Tuttle evolves her signature sound with boundary-breaking songs on her compelling debut album, WHEN YOU'RE READY.

Already crowned “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2018 Americana Music Awards on the strength of her EP, Tuttle has broken boundaries and garnered the respect of her peers, winning fans for her incredible flatpicking guitar technique and confessional songwriting. Graced with a clear, true voice and a keen melodic sense, the 26-year-old seems poised for a long and exciting career.

When You’re Ready, produced by Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers) showcases her astonishing range and versatility and shows that she is more than simply an Americana artist.

Further information and tickets available here:

https://www.bandsintown.com/e/101257019

https://www.mollytuttlemusic.com/tour

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Bartholomew Consort
Nov
3
4:00 PM16:00

Bartholomew Consort

Programme

Frank Martin (1890 -1974) Mass for Double Choir

Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968) Missa di Requiem

James MacMillan (b.1959) Lux Aeterna

Musical Director JanJoost van Elburg

In this programme for unaccompanied voices , the two larger works, share some points of details: both were composed in 1922 and both were the only unaccompanied choral works of their composers on liturgical texts.

For Martin, his Mass for Double Choir was a deeply felt and personal work, which he did not release for performance for forty years. His background was in the Calvinist church, his father being a minister, and this coloured his entire life and the characteristic of his creative work. The Mass was written and put away, protected for decades by Martin’s fervently held belief was that it was almost a blasphemy to perform such an intimate and private dialogue between God and himself. His work is entirely his own, embracing the innovative ideas of the early twentieth century.

Pizzetti’s Requiem, on the other hand, is soundly based on the ideas of Gregorian chant and the fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian masters of polyphony. He introduces some vernacular flourishes by frequently changing the number of voice parts within a section, echoing the improvised folk-singing of his native north Italy. It is not certain that Pizzetti held as strong a faith as that of Martin, but the spiritual intensity is just as strong.

The third, shorter, work in this programme is a communion motet by the prolific and hugely admired James MacMillan, published just ten years ago, Lux Aeterna.

Tickets available from here

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Faure Requiem - Oxford University Press Choir
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Faure Requiem - Oxford University Press Choir

The Oxford University Press Choir, formed in 1985, gives two public performances each year, in May and November. Malcolm Pearce has been the Choir's Musical Director since 2010.

The Book of Psalms has provided inspiration for composers and music makers for millennia. Psalm 55, a profound expression of longing for respite, inspired Mendelssohn's anthem, Hear my prayer, famous for having been the source of one of the most successful recordings of all time, when Ernest Lough, chorister of the Temple Church, sang O for the wings of a dove in 1927. Normally heard with its original organ accompaniment, it is performed in the composer's later orchestration, as is with Stanford's settings of the 'Mag and Nunc' in the key of B flat. These are familiar to congregations and choristers alike as the canticles specified in the Book of Common Prayer to be sung at Evensong.

The Requiem Mass has inspired composers for centuries. Musicians and listeners will each have their personal favourites, but Gabriel Faure's luminous setting is likely to top the poll. Its emphasis upon the granting of eternal rest to the departed is crowned by words taken from the Burial Service in which angels lead the soul into paradise. A heavenly theme is also pursued by Vaughan Williams in his 'Serenade to Music', based on words from the opening of the final scene of Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'. It is one of the composer's most beautiful creations: a dialectic on the effect of music on human nature and a contemplation of the starry heavens and the unheard music of the spheres.

Tickets are available from here: https://www.concert-diary.com/concert/1402601478/Faur%C3%A9-s-Requiem-Oxford-University-Press-Choir

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An evening of music and words with Ensemble Hesperi: "London's Musical Coalman - inside Thomas Britton's Attic"
Oct
12
6:15 PM18:15

An evening of music and words with Ensemble Hesperi: "London's Musical Coalman - inside Thomas Britton's Attic"

We are delighted to announce a unique concert at St Barnabas with the leading early music ensemble, ‘Ensemble Hesperi’, who will be performing in aid of the St Barnabas Jericho Organ Development Fund.

Admission is free, but we will ask for a retiring collection.

Register your interest here: https://bit.ly/2ZiN9jg

London’s Musical Coalman: inside Thomas Britton’s attic

“We paint a picture of London’s vibrant musical scene in the early 1700s, through the lens of the extraordinary coal merchant Thomas Britton, one of London’s first concert promoters. His musical evenings, hosted in his small coal-loft in Clerkenwell, attracted the best performers and composers of the day, including Handel himself. At this time, musicians were pouring into London from both within the British Isles and from Europe to enjoy the rich opportunities for theatre work and private patronage. The Italian style of composition, pioneered by Corelli, was the height of fashion, and Italian musicians, struggling to make ends meet at home, increasingly settled in London, introducing the capital to Italian opera, chamber music, and virtuosic solo repertoire. Similarly, Scottish composers such as James Oswald and the eccentric aristocratic musician 'Fiddler Tam', the 6th Earl of Kellie, visited and settled in London, where they capitalised on the fashion for the 'Scotch taste'. Our programme features music by several of the musicians who performed in Britton’s long-running concert series, including Handel himself, Italian virtuosi such as Bononcini, Handel’s rival, and the enigmatic Sammartini brothers - and of course more Scottish Baroque delights from James Oswald and his enigmatic circle of friends, 'The Temple of Apollo'“

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Oxford Contemporary Music presents Manchester Collective: Sirocco
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Oxford Contemporary Music presents Manchester Collective: Sirocco

Sirocco is pure joy and energy - a great storm of music that celebrates the warmth and diversity of folk traditions from across the globe. This is music for the people, by the people; music that will raise the hairs on your arms and bring a great big smile to your face.

When the show toured in 2018, critics called it a “once in a lifetime experience” and audiences were dancing in the aisles. Now, they open their 19/20 Season with this joyous revival - 16 shows across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Switzerland.

Guest Director Abel Selaocoe is a completely inspiring artist who stands alone as an utterly unique, mesmerising, musical voice. Abel will be joined by Sidiki Dembele and Alan Keary from Chesaba, and of course, by the string quartet of Manchester Collective.

The show covers everything from Selaocoe’s outrageous arrangements for solo cello to beloved classics by Stravinsky and Haydn; from a set of original African folk to a collection of gorgeous Danish folk songs.

Full details and tickets:

https://www.ocmevents.org/whats-on/manchester-collective-sirocco

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Vigilium
Aug
10
5:00 PM17:00

Vigilium

Join us for our monthly Vigil Mass by Candlelight at St Thomas the Martyr. 45 minutes of reflection, with gentle chant, readings and ending with the Eucharist. We gather for some refreshments afterwards. Everyone is welcome.

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Jericho Wharf Exhibition
Jul
12
10:45 AM10:45

Jericho Wharf Exhibition

There will be a public exhibition showing the latest plans for the redevelopment of the Jericho Wharf area. The architects will display their latest drawings for residents and others to view.

The public displays will be in St Barnabas Church, Oxford, on Friday 12 July between 10.45am and 6.00pm. Everyone is welcome to pop in at some point during the day to view the plans.

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