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July 2018

Dixit Dominus

Sunday 1 July, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
St Michael at the North Gate, Cornmarket
Oxford, OX1 3EY
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Free - £15
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Handel and Bach never met, though they both studied with the great Dietrich Buxtehude. Bach's solo alto Cantata 'Widerstehe doch der Sünde' is flanked by Buxtehude's joyful Cantata 'Alles, was ihr tut', and Handel's virtuosic 'Dixit Dominus'. (N.B. This performance will take place at St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford, OX1 3EY)

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August 2018

My Heart Swims in Blood

Sunday 5 August, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free - £15

Bach's vivacious and sparkling Concerto in A major in its original form for Oboe d'amore BWV 1055R, with his graphic and alarmingly-titled solo soprano cantata 'Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut' BWV 199.

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September 2018

The Last Hour

Sunday 9 September, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free - £15

Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 transcribed by the composer for Keyboard to exceptional effect, and the indescribably charming Cantata 'Komm, du süße Todesstunde' setting the well-known German hymn-melody, the so-called Passion Chorale, Hassler's 'Herzlich thut mich verlange'.

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October 2018

Wedding Music

Sunday 7 October, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free - £15

Bach at his most playful! The early wedding cantata 'Der Herr denket an uns' BWV 196, the famous “St. Anne” fugue for organ, with the festive motet 'Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden' BWV 230, and the rude and light-hearted ‘Wedding Quodlibet’ BWV 524.

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November 2018

Caesar’s Coin

Sunday 4 November, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free - £15
Caesar's Coin

“Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar…” Two cellos conjure up an irresistible picture of coin-polishers at work, swinging and striking their hammers in Bach's Cantata 163 Nur jedem das seine.

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December 2018

Morning Star

Sunday 9 December, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free - £15
Van Gogh Starry night over the Rhone

Bach's Advent Cantatas with a rousing French 'Ouverture' and divine angels hovering round the manger, hold us in breathless suspense with arresting, unexpected dissonances, and extravagant kaleidoscopic colours.

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Christmas Oratorio

Monday 24 December, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free - £25
Christmas Oratorio

Oxford’s most evocative seasonal event with an authentic performance of JS Bach’s much-loved telling of the Christmas story (Parts I-III). The perfect way to start your Christmas Eve!

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