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Posted on November 13, 2012

Running an ensemble takes up a lot of time. For people who haven’t had any experience of putting on a concert with an early music ensemble, it might seem difficult to believe that for every minute of performance it’s highly likely that about one hundred thousand (approximately) have been put into planning it. And when

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The week that was

Posted on October 29, 2012

The last seven days saw a lot of activity in the Oxford Baroque world: we had rehearsals , a live appearance on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune with Sean Rafferty, and a concert at the Brighton Early Music Festival, which marked the culmination of our participation in their Live! scheme for outstanding young ensembles. We

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Oxford Baroque on BBC Radio 3

Posted on September 19, 2012

Members of Oxford Baroque will be appearing live on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 23 October, on In Tune with Sean Rafferty. We’ll be chatting about the group and performing three short excerpts in the studio which are part of our programme Perpetual Motion, which we’ll be performing in full on the Saturday (27th) at

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Take 1: our first recording

Posted on July 25, 2012

It’s been over a week now since we finished our first recording project with the Choir of New College, Oxford, but it was an experience that is still fresh in our memories – even though we’ve all been away and immediately occupied again with other projects! The project saw a collaboration between the singers of

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Our first recording experience

Posted on July 25, 2012

It’s been over a week now since we finished our first recording project with the Choir of New College, Oxford, but it was an experience that is still fresh in our memories, even though we’ve all been away and immediately occupied with other projects! The project saw a collaboration between the singers of the New

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More Schütz, Lulier, and admin

Posted on May 24, 2012

It might seem that not much has been happening at Oxford Baroque over the last few weeks. However, that’s most certainly not been the case: we’ve had the first run of our Music to Celebrate the Spring programme (incorporating the entire book of Schütz’s Italian Madrigals); the enormous undertaking that was the modern premiere of Giovanni

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BREMF Live! Success

Posted on March 27, 2012

As you’ve possibly inferred from our Facebook or Twitter feeds, Oxford Baroque are delighted to have won a place to participate in the Brighton Early Music Festival’s Live! Scheme in September 2012. It turned out to be quite a frantic day for us. Having rehearsed in Oxford on the Sunday afternoon (followed by a group

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Perpetual motion

Posted on January 29, 2012

  Perpertual Motion – Chaconnes & Passacaglias   Whilst minimalism may be a relatively recent phenomenon in music, the idea of repetition as the basis of musical composition had been around for hundreds of years before Steve Reich wrote Clapping Music. The baroque period represented the first real flowering of two closely intertwined genres – the chaconne

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Behind a great composer…

Posted on December 9, 2011

…is another great composer! At the opening of our concert on Tuesday night, we’ll be performing two large Christmas motets by Giovanni Gabrieli. As opposed to his (unjustly) more famous Uncle Andrea, Gio was known almost exclusively for his vocal and instrumental music for the church. His only surviving madrigals were composed in the sixteenth century and

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Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk

Posted on June 3, 2011

Following our second rehearsal last night, I’m personally still buzzing from what was collectively felt to be a really rewarding couple of hours. From the beginning, we focused on the Schütz motets, Hodie Christus natus est (the SWV 456 setting, not 315) and Tröstet, tröstet mein Volk. These are both familiar texts associated with Christmas.

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