Season 2018-19


Announcing our new season of concerts for 2018-19. 

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Wedding Music

Sunday 7 October, 3pm
New College Chapel, Oxford

Bach at his most playful! Early wedding cantatas, “St. Anne” fugue, and the rude ‘Wedding Quodlibet’ BWV 524

Lutheran Vespers

Sunday 14 October, 5.45pm
New College Chapel, Oxford

A service of Lutheran Vespers featuring Bach’s Cantata 180 Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele. Performed by New College Choir, conducted by Robert Quinney, with the orchestra of the Oxford Bach Soloists.

Caesar's Coin

Sunday 4 November, 3pm
New College Chapel, Oxford

Two cellos conjure up an irresistible picture of coin-polishers at work, swinging and striking their hammers in Bach’s Cantata 163, and compete in Vivaldi’s virtuosic Concerto for Two Cellos.

Morning Star

Sunday 9 December, 3pm
New College Chapel, Oxford

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 61. Bach’s Advent Cantata with a rousing French ‘Ouverture’ and divine angels hovering round the manger. 


Choral Scholar Focus: Dan Gethin

OBS offers people like me the platform to work intensively on solo singing in a supportive environment, and I believe it will have a fundamental impact on how a whole generation of young Oxford singers will develop

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Announcing our 2018/19 programme

Today we are launching our 2018/19 programme as we transition into the second year of our twelve-year cycle performing all of J.S. Bach’s choral works.

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Performer Focus: Josef Laming

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training and career to date? My first musical training was as a chorister at Leicester Cathedral, and it wasn’t long before I started piano and then organ lessons. I was interested in the harpsichord as a teenager but regrettably...

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Bach Cantata: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott (BWV 129)

The date of composition of this cantata is uncertain. It seems probable that Bach first performed it either during the 1726 Reformation Festival, which was always celebrated in Leipzig on 31st October, or on Trinity Sunday in the following year. Thereafter the piece took its place among the great chorale-based works of his 1724-25 cycle, where it replaced a non-chorale-based cantata, BWV 176.

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