Witney Music Society

PIATTI QUARTET

High Street Methodist Church, Witney

Friday, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.witneymusicsociety.org.uk

This prize-winning ensemble, named after the 19th century Italian cello virtuoso Alfredo Piatti, brings a typically diverse programme to Witney, including Haydn’s String Quartet in D major Op.20 No.4, Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110 and – presumably to mark his 250th birthday – Beethoven’s String Quartet in C major, ‘Razumovsky’ Op.59 No.3. With Nathaniel Anderson-Frank (violin), Michael Trainor (violin), Tetsuumi Nagata (viola) and Jessie Ann Richardson (cello).

East Oxford Community Choir & Orchestra

BERLIOZ: L’ENFANCE DU CHRIST

St John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Road

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

First performed in 1854, this beautiful work by French composer Hector Berlioz tells the story of Christ’s birth, Herod and the Massacre of the Innocents and the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt. Part Two includes the famous The Shepherds’ Farewell, often performed separately. With Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie (Ste Marie), Charlie Baigent (St Joseph), Frazer Scott (Hérode/Père de familie), Robin Whitehouse (Récitant), Chris Emlyn-Jones (Polydorus) and Daniel Emlyn Jones (Centurion), conducted by Dexter Drown.

Oxford Coffee Concerts

PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA CHAMBER SOLOISTS

Holywell Music Room

Sunday, 11.15am

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

Members of London’s prestigious Philharmonia Orchestra – which was formed 75 years ago this year – come to Oxford to perform a pair of chamber masterpieces: Haydn’s String Quartet in A major Op.20 No.6 and Janacek’s String Quartet No.2 ‘Intimate Letters’. As always, the ticket price includes a complimentary, pre-concert cup of coffee, available at The King’s Arms and The Vaults & Garden Café.

Oxford Chamber Music Society

DORIC STRING QUARTET

Holywell Music Room

Sunday, 3pm

Tickets: On the door only

Tickets for this concert have now sold out through Tickets Oxford, but there may be some availability on the door. In a slight change to the advertised programme, the ensemble will now play the Quartet No.3 by Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi instead of the Britten divertimenti. The programme also features Haydn’s Quartet Op.33 No.2 (‘The Joke’)Sibelius’s Quartet ‘Voces Intimae’ Op.56 and ‘birthday boy’ Beethoven’s Quartet in F Op.18 No.1

Oxford Bach Soloists

THE MAGI

New College Chapel

Sunday, 3pm

Tickets; www.oxfordbachsoloists.com

This latest offering from the Oxford Bach Choir features a selection of Bach cantatas that between them herald the New Year, recall the story of Herod and the Massacre of the Innocents and rejoice in the arrival of the three wise men with their famous gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies.

NICOLA LISLE

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