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Bach – John Passion

Posted on September 16, 2015

Oxford Baroque make a return to Merton College’s Passiontide Festival for the third year, to collaborate once again with the fantastic Merton College Choir, under their director Benjamin Nicholas. Having already worked together on Bach’s Matthew Passion and B-minor Mass, Bach’s smaller passion is a highly charged work that evokes both the drama and the

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Francesco Durante | Requiem & Pergolesi | Stabat mater

Posted on September 16, 2015

Oxford Baroque and Christ Church Cathedral Choir once again combine to perform the unjustly neglected C-minor Requiem by early eighteenth-century Neapolitan composer Francesco Durante, in a brand new edition by Stephen Darlington, who has devoted several years to answering many of the textual questions posed by this powerful work. It is performed alongside a better-known work by one of

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Bach’s Christmas Vespers 1723

Posted on September 16, 2015

Jeremy Summerly conductor Oxford Baroque present a unique, historically informed performance of JS Bach’s festive Magnificat, in its earlier E-flat version. Originally composed for the Christmas Day Vespers of 1723 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, it would have featured significantly as part of the liturgical music for the service. Drawing together information relating to the contemporary

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Matthew Passion with Merton College Choir

Posted on May 14, 2014

For the climax of the 750th anniversary of Merton College Oxford and as part of the Passiontide at Merton Festival, an outstanding team of soloists appear with Oxford Baroque and the College Choir for a performance of JS Bach’s monumental masterpiece the St Matthew Passion.James Oxley Evangelist Giles Underwood Christus Emma Kirkby soprano Grace Durham

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London Handel Festival: Troppo cruda, troppo fiera

Posted on May 14, 2014

Handel’s Italian Duets for Soprano and Alto Oxford Baroque present an exploration of Handel’s exquisite yet little-known Italian duets for soprano and alto, featurning two of today’s most exciting emerging baroque soloists, English soprano, Robyn Allegra Parton and Italian countertenor, Raffaele Pè. Handel produced duets at several stages of his career, between Germany, Italy and

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16.4.14 | Haydn – Stabat Mater

Posted on March 29, 2014

Oxford Baroque join forces with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, under the baton of their  director Stephen Darlington for a devotional performance of Haydn’s moving Stabat Mater. Oxford Baroque Robyn Allegra Parton – soprano Esther Brazil – mezzo-soprano Date: Wednesday, 16th April Time: 19:30 Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford Tickets: Free (unreserved)

12.4.14 | London Handel Festival: Troppo cruda, troppo fiera

Posted on March 29, 2014

Troppo cruda, troppo fiera Handel’s Italian Duets for Soprano and Alto Oxford Baroque present an exploration of Handel’s exquisite yet little-known Italian duets for soprano and alto, featurning two of today’s most exciting emerging baroque soloists, English soprano, Robyn Allegra Parton and Italian countertenor, Raffaele Pè. Handel produced duets at several stages of his career, between

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‘Amour, tyran des tendres cœurs’

Posted on November 21, 2013

French baroque music for soprano, flute and violin Soloists from Oxford’s professional period instrument ensemble come together for this especially intimate performance, which both celebrates the virtuosity and explores the beauty of French music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Programme includes: Monteclair – Le Mort de Didon Louis Couperin – La Piémontoise Clérambault –

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Bach’s Christmas Vespers 1723

Posted on November 21, 2013

Tickets available via: https://secure.sjss.org.uk/start.php?showid=4317 Returning to the 28th annual St John’s, Smith Square Christmas Festival, Oxford Baroque present a unique, historically informed recreation of the first performance of J.S. Bach’s festive Magnificat. Composed for the Christmas Day Vespers of 1723 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, it would have featured significantly as part of the liturgical music

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The last few months

Posted on April 28, 2013

It’s been some time since I’ve written a blog, so it probably seems like not much has been going on with Oxford Baroque. Nothing could be further from the truth. A number of things have been occupying my time, as we work on “back end” developments to get together a sustainable infrastructure that will let

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