Join the Oxford Bach Soloists for this spectacular concert featuring selections from some of JS Bach’s best-loved works. Presented as part of the Oxford Alumni Weekend, this performance features four of Oxford’s finest soloists, accompanied by our own period string ensemble.
This extraordinary concert on Sunday 17 September takes place independently of the OBS mission to perform all of JS Bach’s vocal works in Oxford over the next twelve years. This could be the perfect introduction to the great man’s music, and to the work of OBS – so bring a friend and spread the word!
Meet our Virtuosi
Meet four of Britain’s finest singers who will be appearing as special soloists in this fantastic concert of music by JS Bach on 17 September…
Canadian-born soprano Cecilia Osmond is heard frequently as a soloist and as a member of elite vocal ensembles, such as The Cardinall’s Musick and The Tallis Scholars. As well as being a regular soloist on the concert platform, in 2016 Cecilia made her operatic debut with New Chamber Opera. Cecilia can also be heard on over sixty recordings, including the critically acclaimed Bach Matthew Passion and Bach Mass in B Minor. Cecilia has recently been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Countertenor William Purefoy studied at Magdalen College Oxford and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed in concert halls, theatres and opera houses all around the world. Recently he has performed at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris in a piece of devised theatre called Le 6ème Continent, at Shakespeare’s Globe in Farinelli and the King and in opera house of Valencia in Cafe Kafka. Future plans include Handel’s Hercules in Boston with the Handel and Haydn Society.
Having been a choral scholar at New College Oxford, Daniel Norman went on to study in the US and Canada and at the Royal Academy of Music. He is now a highly adaptable singer/actor able to encompass the most dramatic interpretations of demanding contemporary works. Equally comfortable in the standard operatic and concert repertoire, recent recordings include Britten’s Winter Words and Who Are These Children? and, soon to be released, Sonnets – a collection of settings by Britten, Liszt and Dankworth.
Baritone Ben Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music before joining Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus and has since sung with many of the world’s best-known known choirs and ensembles. He started singing with The Sixteen during their first Choral Pilgrimage in 2000 and has toured, broadcast and recorded with them extensively. Ben has sung in opera houses and concert halls all over the world for conductors such as Harry Christophers, William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner and Vladimir Jurowski.