Orchestra of St John – Siegfried Idyll, Strings and Vocal concert
It’s nearly 17th May and that means… concerts! To celebrate we’ve planned a joyful set of performances spanning classical music’s long history, including much-loved favourites and hidden gems you’ll love to discover.
We’ll be back at Dorchester Abbey (of course), and are also launching a new series of concerts at SJE Arts in Oxford. Each socially-distanced concert is an hour long, and will be performed twice each evening as well as being live-streamed. Come and join us! Wherever we meet, we’ll be overjoyed to see you again.
Songs and Strings
Saturday 22 May, 6pm and 8pm
Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was composed to celebrate the birth of his first son, Siegfried. We’ll perform this joyous work alongside Glazunov’s evocative Intermezzo Romantico, Coleridge-Taylor’s lively Danse nègre, and Fauré’s Four Songs, sung by the arresting Ilona Domnich.
Violin and Voices
Saturday 5 June, 6pm and 8pm
OSJ Oxford Voices will perform some of English choral music’s greatest works, from Tallis to renowned film composer Harry Escott, alongside a choral arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ sublime Lark Ascending.
Dvořák and Wolf-Ferrari
Saturday 29 May, 6pm and 8pm
Dvořák’s Symphonic Variations feature soaring strings, delicate winds, and a kaleidoscope of Czech colour. We’ll perform this exhilarating work alongside a hidden gem, Wolf-Ferrari’s Chamber Symphony.
Finzi and Copland
Sunday 13 June, 6pm and 8pm
See in the summer with Copland’s glorious Appalachian Spring! The wonderful Maki Sekiya will join the orchestra to perform Finzi’s sunny Eclogue, Florence Price’s too often overlooked piano work, Adoration, and Peter Warlock’s Old Song.
Friday 25 June–Monday 28 June
6pm and 8pm
Join us for a quartet of summer concerts spanning the breadth of classical music, from Orff’s glorious Carmina Burana on 25th June to delicate violin sonatas by Mozart and Mendelssohn on 26th June. We’ll present ethereal works by Fauré and Brahms on 27th June, while 28th June will see us performing music from the silver screen.
Whether it’s Fauré’s transcendent Requiem or Cage’s Six Melodies you’re craving, we have something for you at SJE Arts this summer.
OSJ is a small charity & these are difficult times. If you would like to support us, please click here—thank you. We’re also looking for volunteers to help steward our concerts, so if you’d like to give your time we would greatly appreciate it.
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