Concert Diary 2022/23
Angels and Archangels: Music & Carols for Christmas
Friday 9th December 2022
Keble College, Oxford
Christmas is a time when angels descend to earth, proclaiming Gloria in excelsis Deo! This festive programme focuses on angels, whether they are startling shepherds on Judean hillsides, doing battle against evil dragons in heaven, or announcing to a maiden that she will bear the Son of God. Plus a couple of opportunities for the audience to join the angelic chorus in well-known carols.
Music for a Time of Penitence
Saturday 25th March 2023
Christ Church, Oxford
This Lenten programme focuses on music from the mid-twentieth century, full of passion and expressive power. Poulenc’s four motets are poised, intense, and chilly. Leighton’s multi-movement work Crucifixus pro nobis is angular and austerely beautiful, concluding with the mesmeric Drop, slow tears. In the second half, the German composer Rudolf Mauersberger uses the Biblical destruction of Jerusalem as a way to explore his grief over the bombing of Dresden. This all leads up to the extraordinary Quia amore langueo, by British composer Howard Ferguson.
Songs of Fire and Flowers
Saturday 24th June 2023
St. John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Road, Oxford
A summery feast of sumptuous a cappella music, this concert draws together 20th and 21st century settings of secular poetry, from heart-on-sleeve Whitacre, to the intensity of Lauridsen’s ‘Fire Madrigals’, and finishing with Philip Glass in typically propulsive and unconventional mood. Along the way, we feature recent, rapturous sets of love songs by contemporary British composers David Bednall and Owain Park.
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