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November 2016

Wake Up to Bach!

Sunday 20 November 2016, 3:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £15
Oxford Bach Soloists

It’s time to wake up to two of Bach’s amazing choral and orchestral works written to be performed as part of his annual cycle of church cantatas.

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December 2016

All Roads Lead to Bach

Wednesday 7 December 2016, 7:00 pm
St Mary Magdalen’s Church, Magdalen Street
Oxford, OX1 3AE
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Free
Bojan Čičić

An evening of music for unaccompanied violin from before and after Bach's time, featuring Bojan Čičić.

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Bach Christmas Oratorio

Saturday 24 December 2016, 5:00 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £20
Christmas Oratorio

Join us for one of Oxford’s most evocative seasonal events in the magical setting of New College Chapel. Oxford Bach Soloists’ Christmas Oratorio is sure to be a memorable way to celebrate Christmas this year.

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January 2017

Calming the Storm

Sunday 29 January 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £15
Oxford Bach Soloists

Oxford Bach Soloists begin their 2017 season with two cantatas composed especially for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. This is a rather special date as it only occurs when Easter is very late.

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February 2017

Spirits of the Earth

Sunday 19 February 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £15
Oxford Bach Soloists

Three wonderful works for chorus, soloists and orchestra were all written between 1713 and 1725 and focus around the story of the Parable of the Sower.

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March 2017

The Wages of Sin

Sunday 19 March 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £15
Oxford Bach Soloists

One of Bach’s rarer latin settings and a cry for Mercy sets the scene for the dissonant opening to Bach’s Cantata calling us to ‘Resist Sin’. Dating from Bach’s days as court composer at the Schlosskirche (court chapel) of Weimar this is one of the composer’s more unusual works for solo alto.

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April 2017

Passion

Friday 14 April 2017, 1:30 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £25
Oxford Bach Soloists

One of Bach’s best loved works, his extravagant St John Passion is presented by an ensemble of soloists, four-part choir and orchestra.

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Easter Oratorio

Saturday 15 April 2017, 3:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £25
Oxford Bach Soloists

Bach’s colossal 1725 Easter Oratorio with its festive scoring is paired with Bach’s Easter Cantata and a new and haunting world premiere by Colin Riley.

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Edward Thomas: A Centenary Celebration in Words and Music

Saturday 29 April 2017, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Stratford Artshouse, 14 Rother Street
Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU
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Oxford Bach Soloists perform Colin Riley's new and haunting work bringing together fragments of Thomas’ collected poetry.

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May 2017

Lutheran Vespers

Sunday 7 May 2017, 5:45 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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The Orchestra of Oxford Bach Soloists and New College Choir present an authentic recreation of Lutheran Vespers, the context for which JS Bach was writing his cantatas.

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Reformation 500: Sun and Shield

Saturday 27 May 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
St Columba’s URC Church, Alfred Street, Oxford, OX1 4EH, Alfred Street
Oxford, OX1 4EH
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Free
Oxford Bach Soloists

Discover more about JS Bach's spectacular Cantata 79 ‘Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild’ (God the Lord is sun and shield) in this first event in the series celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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June 2017

Royal Wedding

Sunday 4 June 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £15
Oxford Bach Soloists

An exploration of 'heavenly' Royal Weddings sets the theme for this concert dominated by Handel’s magnificent DIXIT DOMINUS.

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July 2017

Out of the Depths

Sunday 16 July 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £15
Oxford Bach Soloists

Explore the fascinating and moving settings of the profound text ‘Out of the depths have I cried unto thee’ by JS Bach and his baroque contemporaries.

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August 2017

Actus Tragicus

Sunday 6 August 2017, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Free – £15
Oxford Bach Soloists

Alongside one of Bach's most profoundly beautiful cantatas, this concert features instrumental music by Bach’s contemporary, Telemann in his 250th anniversary year.

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December 2017

Christmas Baroque

Saturday 16 December 2017, 7:30 pm
St Michael’s Church, Broad Street
Bath, BA1 5LJ
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Oxford Bach Soloists

Oxford comes to Bath with an evening of festive baroque cheer in the beautiful setting of St Michael’s Without following its recent makeover making it the most comfortable church in the city!

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July 2020

Back to Bach: Rosie Moon & Jacob Garside

Sunday 5 July 2020, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
YouTube

Our new series Back to Bach reveals how OBS musicians have returned to the works of JS Bach during lockdown. In this first episode, Rosie Moon (violone & double bass) and Jacob Garside (gamba & cello) explore the evolution of polyphony from Gibbons to Bach.

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August 2020

Back to Bach: Yu-Wei Hu & Johan Löfving

Sunday 2 August 2020, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
YouTube

Back to Bach reveals how OBS musicians have returned to the works of JS Bach during lockdown. In this second episode, Yu-Wei Hu (flute) and Johan Löfving (theorbo) explore the Master of melody and harmony.

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