Oxford Chamber Music Festival
The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay
With just over six weeks to go before this year’s Oxford Chamber Music Festival, get into the mood now with this special event being held to launch the festival’s 2019 Friends Scheme. OCMF’s artistic director and violinist Priya Mitchell is joined by Nathan Braude (viola) and Brian O’Kane (cello) to perform Bach’s popular Goldberg Variationsin the lovely setting of this 14thcentury hall. Entry is by donation (minimum £20) rather than priced tickets, and this includes wine and supper, the latter being prepared with organic ingredients grown within the abbey grounds. Any profits will go towards helping support this year’s festival.
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CARDUCCI PIANO TRIO
Holywell Music Room
Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com
Half of the Carducci String Quartet – Matthew Denton (violin) and Emma Denton (cello) – team up with award-winning pianist Clare Hammond, whose career has taken her onto the silver screen – she featured as young piano prodigy Margaret Fairchild in the 2015 film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.
There’s an exotic feel to this hour-long programme, which features Haydn’s Piano Trio No.39 in G major, nicknamed the ‘Gypsy’ because of its Hungarian-style Rondo in the final movement, and the tango-style Primavera Porteñafrom Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) by Argentinian composer Piazzolla. Sandwiched in between, for contrast, is one of Mendelssohn’s most popular chamber works, the Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Op.49.
St Mary Magdalene Church in Woodstock
Friday August 23, 7.30pm
Plus, the Woodstock Music Society’s Chamber Choir is performing a concert in St Mary Magdalene Church in Woodstock on Friday August 23, supporting the veritable Ben Holder Trio as part of Woodstock Live.
By Nicola Lisle