Sansara

MUSIC OF THE SPIRES

University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Friday, 6pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or ticketsoxford.com

Sansara Choir

This remarkable a cappella ensemble, formed by Oxford University students in 2013, returns to its roots to continue its popular Music of the Spires series, which celebrates the English choral tradition with music from the Bodleian Library collections performed alongside contemporary works. Featured composers in this concert range from Tallis, Byrd, Sheppard and Gibbons to Judith Weir and James MacMillan. 

Opus 48

COME & SING TIPPETT’S A CHILD OF OUR TIME

St Andrew’s Church, Linton Road

Saturday, 10.30am

Tickets & info: www.opus48choir.co.uk

David Crown

Oxford’s newest choir, which debuted last year, invites singers from across Oxfordshire to come and spend a day singing spirituals from Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, his poignant and evocative oratorio inspired by the infamous Kristallnacht of November 1938. The workshop will be led by David Crown, Opus 48’s inspirational conductor, and runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm, with breaks. There will then be a short concert performance at 4pm. Whether you are already familiar with these pieces, or would like to discover them, this promises to be an exciting and fulfilling experience.

Junko Kobayashi, Piano

MOZART/BEETHOVEN/CHOPIN

Holywell Music Room

Saturday, 5pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or ticketsoxford.com

Japanese piano sensation Junko Kobayashi returns to Oxford to perform as part of an Oxford University Alumni event. Her programme includes Mozart Sonata in C major K330, Beethoven Sonata in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’and Chopin Nocturne in D flat major Op.27 No.2 and Grande Valse Brillante in E flat major Op.18. Tickets are selling fast for the concert, so grab them while you can!

Diva Opera

ROSSINI: L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI

Fingest Great Barn

Saturday, 6pm

Tickets: www.fingestgreatbarnopera.co.uk

Diva Opera

Tickets are now very limited for this treat of an opera, so grab them while you can! After last week’s performance of Madama Butterfly, Diva Opera returns to Fingest Great Barn, near Henley, with Rossini’s delicious comedy, performed by some of the UK’s most talented young stars. Don’t forget your picnic – but no need to worry about the weather, because you can eat in the marquee or side barn. 

The World Orchestra for Peace

THE OXFORD CONCERT FOR PEACE

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or ticketsoxford.com

To coincide with International Peace Day, the World Orchestra for Peace – founded by legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti in 1995 – brings together some of the world’s leading string players from fifteen countries in one of only three performances in 2019 to promote world peace. The orchestra was designated a UNESCO Arts for Peace in 2010, and performed at the UNESCO Concert for Peace at the BBC Proms in 2014. This promises to be a very special occasion.

Orchestra of St John’s

MUSIC IN THE ABBEY

Dorchester Abbey

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.osj.org.uk

The OSJ and OSJ Ashmolean Voices perform a lovely programme in the glorious setting of Dorchester Abbey, including Brahms’ monumental Violin Concerto in D major (with soloist Jan Schmolck, the OSJ’s leader), Mendelssohn’s evocative Hebrides Overtureand five of Bruckner’s motets: Os iusti, Virga Jesse, Ave Maria, Locus iste and Christe factus est.OSJ founder John Lubbock conducts.

Oxford Sinfonia

MENDELSSOHN AND BEETHOVEN

University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.oxfordsinfonia.co.uk

Acclaimed young conductor Paul Wingfield joins Oxford Sinfonia – which was formed in the city 35 years ago – to conduct two popular Mendelssohn works, the Hebrides Overtureand Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor(with prize-winning Hungarian pianist Domonkos Csabay), plus Beethoven’s stirring Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, ‘Eroica’. 

Oxford Coffee Concerts

LEONORE PIANO TRIO

Holywell Music Room

Sunday, 11.15am

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

Leonore Piano trio

Tickets are selling fast for this hour-long concert, which sees the popular Leonore Piano Trio return to Oxford to perform two Beethoven piano trios, the E flat major Op.1 No.1 and D major Op.70 No.1, ‘Ghost’. The trio was formed in 2012 by Benjamin Nabarro (violin), Gemma Rosefield (cello) and Tim Horton (piano), all internationally acclaimed artists in their own right.  

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