Updated: Jun 26, 2019

The pairing of a choir with a harp is not often heard. But our summer concert offers just such a rare opportunity, with an eclectic programme of 20th-century pieces.

We start with Britten’s choral dances from the opera Gloriana, composed to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. Britten rearranged them for choir, harp, and tenor solo to mark the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in 1967.

Cecilia MacDowall’s A Fancy of Folksongs could not be a greater contrast – a suite of part songs ranging from the poignant to the humorous, ending with the well-known O No, John!

It’s another change of style with Joseph Horovitz’s three songs from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, which use blues and jazz harmony to powerful effect.

James Bassi was commissioned to write the Harpsonnetsby the Victor Salvi Foundation, a US-based organisation whose mission is to promote the harp. The four settings of Shakespeare sonnets begin with perhaps his most famous, Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?, and each deals with a different aspect of love. The last and most dramatic, Devouring Time, Blunt Thou the Lion’s Paws, comes full circle, concluding with the same sentiment as the first – that through poetry the beloved will live for ever.

See you at the Holywell Music Room on Saturday 29 June at 1930.

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Updated: Mar 17, 2019

The clocks won't yet have gone forward when newChoir greets the newborn spring with Choral Genius, our upcoming concert. We will perform Monteverdi's exhilarating Cantate Domino, followed by Bach's towering, much-loved Jesus bleibet meine Freude. Next up, a clutch of German romantic pieces: Bruckner's delicious Locus Iste and Ave Maria, and Brahms's meditative Geistliches Lied. Arvo Pärt's Beatitudes, with their deceptively simple yet subtle harmonies, Howells' O pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and Gerald Finzi's God is gone up will round off an evening of profoundly moving, spiritual music. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new.

Exeter College Chapel provides a beautiful setting for this concert, and tickets are now on sale at £12 advance price (£15 on the door), £5 under 18's -



Our posters are now on display in and around Oxford

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Our open workshop, “Sing the Words, Paint the Music”, on the second Saturday of

January was an exhilarating musical launch into 2019. Here are just a few of the

many very positive comments we received from participants:

“Incredibly well-structured… a very clear narrative to the

session, thinking about vowels and consonants, meaning

and colour. The pieces used as exemplars were similarly

well chosen… The best three hours of singing I've spent in

the last year, bravo!”

one of the pieces we studied at the workshop
'O Radiant Dawn' by James MacMillan, one of the pieces we studied at the workshop

“I loved the entire workshop… Janet's instruction was

fantastic… I learned how to adapt my voice and

pronunciation to get the desired effect, which seemed (to

me) to create a beautiful ensemble.”

“Really interesting to focus on a proper warm-up and

understand articulation. It was well timed and the break

was good. Gorgeous music and interesting, interested

friendly people attending.”

“Clear organisation and instructions; music ready and

available; interesting selection of music; well-paced and

planned workshop, with Janet giving us the benefit of her

buckets of experience; being able to sense improvement

and refinement with each pass through a musical phrase.”

There were many helpful suggestions for future workshop

themes, too. We’ll keep you posted!

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