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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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April 2021

Virtual Easter Festival

Friday 2 April 2021, 3:00 pm - Friday 30 April 2021, 11:30 pm

We are delighted to present our inaugural Virtual Easter Festival this April.

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Shot down the nave of Christ Church Cathedral

St John Passion BWV 245

Friday 2 April 2021, 3:00 pm - Friday 30 April 2021, 11:30 pm
Recorded at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Aldates
Oxford, OX1 1DP

Welcome to the OBS Easter Festival. Join us in the extraordinary setting of Christ Church Cathedral for a brand new immersive production with staging by renowned Director Thomas Guthrie.

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Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4

Saturday 3 April 2021, 3:00 pm - Friday 30 April 2021, 11:30 pm
Recorded at New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN

Day two of our online Easter Festival brings us Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ lay in death's bonds) - BWV 4 - from the intimate setting of New College Chapel. This includes a special lecture from our longterm partner in research, German Mediaevalist Professor Henrike Lähnemann.

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Easter Oratorio

Sunday 4 April 2021, 3:00 pm - Friday 30 April 2021, 11:30 pm

We return to Christ Church Cathedral for day three of our Easter Festival, with the spectacular Easter Oratorio, BWV 249.

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Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret BWV 31

Monday 5 April 2021, 3:00 pm - Friday 30 April 2021, 11:30 pm
Recorded at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Aldates
Oxford, OX1 1DP

In the final part of our Easter Festival, join us for the peaceful beauty of our smallest piece of the weekend: Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret (Heaven laughs! Earth exults) - BWV 31.

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October 2021

spirit: give

Sunday 3 October 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Committing acts of kindness increases wellbeing. The first musical track on “The Golden Record” onboard NASA’s two Voyager probes is Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2: a gift from planet Earth to the universe. J. S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (chamber version for quintet), BWV 1047R Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn (Lord Christ, the only son of God), BWV 96 Gott soll allein mein Herze haben (God alone shall have my heart), BWV 169   G. P. Telemann Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes…

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November 2021

mind: learn

Sunday 7 November 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Learning something new enhances self-esteem and helps us to feel balanced and connected. A sense of balance is inherent in the number three, as found in the “Trinity Knot” (Triquetra). Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto is unusual for its scoring and instrumentation: three violins, three violas, three cellos, and basso continuo. Could it be a depiction of the Trinity in music? Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048 Nur jedem das Seine! (To each his own!), BWV 163 Ich liebe den Höchsten von…

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January 2022

people: connect

Sunday 9 January, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Putting the wellbeing of others before ourselves is unconventional but enhances our own lives. Bach’s Fourth Brandenburg Concerto challenges commonly held social assumptions that some people are “better” than others. The young Prince elector of Saxony, Friederick Christian, expressed it well: “Princes exist for their subjects, not subjects for their princes.” Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049 Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen - ‘Herkules auf dem Scheidewege’ (Let us take care, let us watch over – ‘Hercules at the…

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