Concert Diary 2022/23
Music for a Time of Penitence
7.30 Saturday 25th March 2023
Christ Church, Oxford
Tickets: £15 (children/students £10) from the Oxford Playhouse (01865 305305),
from Tickets Oxford, or on the door
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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