Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY & CONCERTO CYCLE II

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Thursday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 980980 or www.oxfordphil.com

The Oxford Philharmonic continues its Beethoven celebrations with two pillars of the composer’s symphonic repertoire – the No.1 in C major and the No.5 in C minor. Both feature bold, memorable openings, the latter in particular becoming famous well beyond the confines of the classical music world. Sandwiched in between is the tender, expressive Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, directed from the piano by Marios Papadopoulos, who also conducts the two symphonies.

Music at Oxford

ENGEGÅRD QUARTET

St John the Evangelist

Friday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 244806 or www.musicatoxford.com

A rare opportunity to catch this highly-acclaimed Norwegian ensemble as they make their Oxford debut before heading off for a short tour of Scotland. The programme starts with Mozart’s String Quartet No.16 in D minor, moves onto Sibelius’s Voces Intimae op.56, and finishes firmly in Norwegian territory with Grieg’s String Quartet in G minor Op.27.The Sibelius and Grieg pieces appear on one of the ensemble’s recent recordings, which was described on Music Web International as “what Grieg lovers have been waiting for”. 

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

OXFORDSHIRE SENIOR CONCERTO COMPETITION

St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 980980 or www.oxfordphil.com

Three outstanding young soloists taking part in the final of the Oxford Philharmonic’s Concerto Competition perform one movement from a concerto of their choice. They are joined by the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra, conducted by John Traill. The winner of the competition will be announced at the end of the evening. 

Sara Kalic, Soprano

SONGS OF LOVE AND LOSS

St Mary’s Church, Thame

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 07985 315355 or www.wegottickets.com

Soprano Sara Kalic presents a recital of songs by Fauré, Hahn, Poulenc, Howells, Barber, Gurney and more on the theme of love and loss, with Duncan Aspden accompanying on the piano. Some of the proceeds will be donated to Lymphoma Action.

VOICES ACROSS THE WATER

Holywell Music Room

Saturday, 8pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

This celebration of music from England and America includes Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy Quartet Op.2 for oboe and string trio and Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach for baritone and string quartet, as well as new works by Tom Vignieri and Richard Gwilt. Performers include Humphrey Thompson (baritone), Elizabeth Fyfe (oboe), Rachel Wick (harp), Caroline Wolff (violin), Jean Paterson (violin), Rachel Byrt (viola) and Gabriel Amherst (cello).

Oxford Coffee Concerts

CARDUCCI STRING QUARTET          

Holywell Music Room

Sunday, 11.15am

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

The Carducci Quartet are throwing themselves fully into the Beethoven festivities this year with immersive Beethoven weekends at various venues throughout the year as well as a series of concerts. As part of that, they make a welcome return to Oxford this weekend to perform two Beethoven string quartets – Op.18 No.1 and Op.127. With Matthew Denton (violin), Michelle Fleming (violin), Eoin Schmidt-Martin (viola) and Emma Denton (cello).

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

ADVENTURES IN THE MAGICAL KINGDOM

Oxford Town Hall

Sunday, 3pm

Tickets: 01865 980980 or www.oxfordphil.com

Join Alasdair Malloy for an exciting musical journey through a magical kingdom, where you will meet princes and princesses, fairies, giants and all kinds of other magical creatures. Come a bit earlier and enjoy some pre-concert craft activities. Suitable for ages 4-8.

Oxford Bach Soloists

CALM THE STORM

New College Chapel

Sunday, 3pm

Tickets: www.oxfordbachsoloists.com

This selection of cantatas, written in Leipzig in 1774, mark the second, third and fourth Sundays after Trinity and the Feast of the Purification of Mary (Candlemas). Highlights are Cantata 155, Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange? (My God, how long, ah, how long?), which is notable for a particularly fine bassoon obligato, and the festive Cantata 155, Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde (Joyful time in the new covenant), believed to be Bach’s first cantata for Candlemas.  

Hertford Bruckner Orchestra and Chorus

DR PAUL COONES MEMORIAL CONCERT

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Sunday, 7.30pm

Tickets: www.eventbrite.com

James Ross conducts this concert in memory of Dr Paul Coones, a former Fellow of Hertford College and Chairman of Curators of the Sheldonian Theatre, who sadly died in 2018. He was also a keen musician, and founded the Hertford Bruckner Orchestra in 2003. The programme includes music by Bruckner, Wagner, Mussorgsky and Borodin. Proceeds go to The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the Hertford College Paul Coones Memorial Conducting award.

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