Who We Are

Oxford-Baroque-187_bw-1024x680

Hailed as “bright young sparks”, “brimming with talent” (BBC Radio 3) and “one ensemble to watch out closely for” (Bachtrack), Oxford Baroque is rapidly gaining attention as one of Britain’s most exciting ensembles. The group has appeared at the Brighton Early Music Festival, London Handel Festival, St John’s, Smith Square London Christmas Festival, and the inaugural 2013 Oxford Early Music Festival

The ensemble was originally formed by a group of singers and instrumentalists who, whilst studying together at the University of Oxford, discovered a shared passion for music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but has since expanded to draw on the talents of performers from further afield. The group continues to perform frequently in Oxford, in addition to other high profile venues across the country. Oxford Baroque enjoys a close relationship with Jeremy Summerly, who has directed the ensemble in several programmes. 

An important part of Oxford Baroque’s identity is its commitment to upholding the highest standards of performance, in conjunction with the input of the latest rigorous academic musicological research. This has resulted in a number of innovative programmes, including a liturgical reimagination of the first performance of Bach’s Magnificat at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, for Christmas Day 1723, and a programme entitled Borrowed Voices, which examines the shared musical traditions of both Catholic and Reformed confessions, incorporating music from Victoria to Schütz and Bach, in the aftermath of the Reformation.

Oxford Baroque has marked out a bold characteristic sound, constituted by an intimate collaborative relationship between its core singers and players, though the orchestra has also successfully collaborated several times in concert with the prestigious choirs of the Oxford choral foundations, including Christ Church Cathedral, Magdalen, Merton, and New Colleges, Oxford. Performances with these choir have included J.S. Bach’s John and Matthew Passions and B-minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Stabat Mater. Having presented educational workshops in Oxford and as part of the Brighton Early Music Festival’s Live! scheme, Oxford Baroque’s members maintain an emphasis on sharing their talents and interests with people who might not otherwise encounter them. Future appearances include dates at London’s Kings Place, as part of their Baroque Unwrapped season, and at the Mayfield Festival in Sussex.

With such a rich and varied portfolio of artistic activities, combined a rich pool of talented, passionate and committed artists, Oxford Baroque looks forward to a bright future of vibrant music-making in taking the music of the past into the future. For more information, please email info@oxfordbaroque.com.