Opera Anywhere

THE PERILS OF LOVE AND ARROGANCE

Barns Centre, Thame

Friday, 8pm

Tickets: https://talfestival.org

Opera Anywhere returns to the Thame Arts and Literature Festival with favourite arias and ensembles from operas by Mozart, Handel, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Puccini and Jonathan Dove. Expect a lively evening of fun and glorious music, in true Opera Anywhere style. Oh, and there’s Prosecco, too. What’s not to love?!

Jonathan Powell, Piano

SCRIABIN & RACHMANINOFF

JDP Music Building

Friday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

Pianist Jonathan Powell returns to the JDP for a series of three concerts that pay homage to masters of the Russian repertoire. In this first concert he focuses on the early 20thcentury, with Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No.10 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No.2 performed alongside works from the same period by Stanchinsky, Conus, Blumenfeld and Catoire.

Oxford Lieder Festival

FAIRY TALES: FROM STANFORD TO SONDHEIM

Holywell Music Room

Friday, 8pm

Tickets: 01865 591276 or www.oxfordlieder.co.uk

The Oxford Lieder Festival, which opened last week, continues with this fairytale-themed concert featuring soprano Kitty Whately and pianist Simon Lepper.

Kitty Whately- credit Natalie J Watts

Be prepared for a thrilling, spine-tingling journey that includes Stanford’s setting of Keats’ La Belle Dame sans Merci, Rebecca Clarke’s setting of Masefield’s The Seal Man, songs by Samuel Barber, excerpts from Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and a new work by American composer Juliana Hall and librettist Caitlin Vincent. 

The Sixteen

CHORAL PILGRIMAGE 2019

Christ Church Cathedral

Friday, 8pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

Acclaimed choral ensemble The Sixteen makes a welcome return to Oxford as part of its latest Choral Pilgrimage tour. This year’s programme marks the group’s 40thanniversary with a selection of music by composers who have been part of their choral journey. A new commission by Sir James MacMillan, O virgo prudentissima, is performed alongside works by Tavener, Sheppard, Wylkynson, Fayrfax, Gabriel Jackson and Eric Whitacre. The Sixteen’s founder Harry Christophers conducts. Look out for The Sixteen in Oxford again in December with their special Christmas programme. 

Oxford Pro Musica Singers

HOWELLS & BRITTEN

Exeter College Chapel

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

Mark Jordan conducts two glorious masterworks of the 20thcentury choral repertoire: Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamband Howells’ Requiem, which was written in 1935 but not performed until 1980. Also included in the concert are Britten’s Festival Te Deum, written for St Mark’s Church in Swindon, Howells’ famous Magnificat Collegium Regale,and two pieces by John Rutter, Cantate Dominoand Hymn to the Creator of Light, written for the dedication of the Howells Memorial  Window at Gloucester Cathedral.  

Thame Chamber Choir

POETRY IN MOTION 

St Mary’s Church, Thame

Saturday, 8pm

Tickets: https://talfestival.org

Actor Bruce Alexander (Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost, RSC) is the special guest at this concert, in which the audience will be taken on a choral expedition with music by Brahms, Vaughan Williams, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. Also included is the world premiere of the winning entry in the choir’s recent 20thanniversary choral composition competition. The setting of W.B. Yeats’ The Everlasting Voices by Alison Willis was chosen from 62 entries, and was praised by the judges for its “enjoyable and well written vocal lines, evocative piano part, thoughtful response to the poem and clear structure”. Duncan Aspden conducts. 

Oxford Lieder Festival

RODERICK WILLIAMS

St John the Evangelist

Saturday, 7.30pm

Tickets: 01865 591276 or www.oxfordlieder.co.uk

Roderick Williams

Baritone Roderick Williams begins his festival residency with one of Schubert’s popular song cycles, Die schöne Müllerin (The Fair Maid of the Mill), in Jeremy Sams’ English translation. Also included in this concert is the world premiere of The Tuning, a setting of Michael Donaghy’s poetry by Scottish composer Martin Suckling, sung by mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons. You can catch Roderick again the next morning at the Ashmolean Museum in conversation with Philip Bullock, followed by performances of Winterreise (The Winter Journey) on Monday and Schwanengesang (Swan Song) on Wednesday, both again sung in English. 

Oxford Coffee Concerts

ADDERBURY ENSEMBLE/VIV MCLEAN, PIANO

Holywell Music Room

Sunday, 11.15am

Tickets: 01865 305305 or www.ticketsoxford.com

Acclaimed pianist Viv Mclean returns to Oxford to perform Dvorak’s Piano Quintet Op.81with the Adderbury Ensemble, who will also perform Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.18 No.6. With Martyn Jackson (violin), Jenny Sacha (violin), Chris Windass (viola) and Jane Fenton (cello). 

Oxford Lieder Festival

ON WENLOCK EDGE

St John’s College Auditorium

Sunday, 3pm

Tickets: 01865 591276 or www.oxfordlieder.co.uk

Dan Norman

Earlier this year, tenor Daniel Norman launched his On Wenlock Edge project, in which Vaughan Williams’ setting of the famous A.E. Houseman poem was performed as a live soundtrack to a new animated shadow puppet film by Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood. Now the project gets another airing at the Oxford Lieder Festival – performed, as before, by Daniel with Sholto Kynoch (piano) and the Brodsky Quartet. The evening also includes songs by Purcell and Finzi.

Oxford Lieder Festival

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

Ashmolean Museum

Sunday, 7pm

Tickets: 01865 591276 or www.oxfordlieder.co.uk

Another very special evening at the Oxford Lieder Festival, in which audiences are taken on a mythology-themed journey in different locations within the Ashmolean Museum. Benjamin Appl (baritone) and Graham Johnson (piano) explore songs of classical mythology amongst the Greco-Roman statues in the Randolph Sculpture Gallery, while Rowan Pierce (soprano) and Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord) perform mythology-inspired songs by Purcell in the Mallett Gallery. There is also a talk, ‘Ancient Myths Now and in the Future’, in the rooftop restaurant by television presenter Michael Scott. 

NICOLA LISLE

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