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August 2021

Brandenburg 300: Friends Booking Opens

Monday 23 August 2021, 9:00 am

Friends booking for our Brandenburg 300 series opens at 0900

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Brandenburg 300: General Booking Opens

Tuesday 31 August 2021, 9:00 am

General booking for our Brandenburg 300 series opens at 0900

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October 2021

Edington Arts: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

Saturday 2 October 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Edington Priory, Monastery Road
Edington, Wiltshire BA13 4QN United Kingdom
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A gift from planet Earth to the universe, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 is the first musical track on “The Golden Record” onboard NASA’s two Voyager probes. Programme: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (chamber version for quintet), BWV 1047R G. P. Telemann Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes Sohn TVWV 1:732 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 Tickets: We’re delighted to be guests at…

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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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December 2021

Macmillan: Follow the Stars 2021

Friday 10 December 2021, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, St. Aldates
Oxford, OX1 1DP United Kingdom
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The Oxford Bach Soloists will be performing for the second year at the 'A Celebration of Christmas' concert as part of Macmillan Cancer Support's fund-raising activities. 

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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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body: move

Sunday 23 January, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Regular exercise is essential for promoting wellbeing. Dancing and hunting were among the favourite forms of exercise of European aristocracy, and hunting was inextricably bound with the horn. Bach’s First Brandenburg Concerto bursts in with whooping horns, like riders back from their tantivies! Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, BWV 1046 Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht! (False world, I don't trust you!), BWV 52 Vereinigte Zwietracht der wechselnden Saiten (Concordant discord of alternating strings), BWV 207 Book tickets

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February 2022

place: take notice

Sunday 6 February, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Reminding ourselves to ‘take notice’ strengthens and broadens awareness. In Cantata 35, we are reminded to ‘take notice’ as the alto soloist, stupefied, sings, “I am amazed, for all one sees must cause us astonishment!” We watch in amazement as the harpsichord soloist in Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto delivers a coruscating cadenza of colossal power and chromatic intensity. Was it designed for Bach to play himself? Who else could play it? Couperin, L’art de toucher le clavecin Brandenburg Concerto No.…

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March 2022

Continuo Workshop

Saturday 5 March, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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planet: care

Sunday 6 March, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Looking after our world can make a big difference in leaving it a better place for the next generation. As custodian and steward of his life on earth, Bach was committed to passing on his skills to his children, as his forebears did to him, and to leaving a timeless legacy for future generations to enjoy. Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051 Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt (Just as the rain and snow fall from heaven), BWV 18…

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April 2022

Easter Festival: St John Passion

Friday 15 April, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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One of Bach’s best-loved works, the St John Passion was first performed on Good Friday of 1724 in St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig. ‘More daring, forceful and poetic’ than the St Matthew Passion, according to Robert Schumann, this operatic work is presented by an Evangelist, ensemble of soloists, four-part choir, strings and basso continuo together with pairs of flauti traversi and oboes doubling on oboe da caccia. BWV 245 Johannes-Passion (St John Passion) Book tickets  

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Easter Festival: Easter Oratorio

Saturday 16 April, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Two of Bach’s earliest cantatas for Easter Day, Christ lag in Todesbanden and Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubiliert are performed here in their revived Leipzig versions. The story takes us from darkness to blazing light, from grief to joy, echoed in the dramatic Easter Oratorio. Told by four characters Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacobe, Simon Peter, and John the Apostle, it canters to the end in triumphant victory. BWV 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ lay in the Bonds of Death)…

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Easter Festival: Rejoice You Hearts

Sunday 17 April, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Abundant joy, rushing swirling scales, and fanfare-like arpeggios set the scene for the Resurrection in Bach’s Cantatas for Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday, and Quasimodogeniti (‘Low’ Sunday). Join our virtuoso soloists as they lead us through Bach’s panoply of pastoral colours, brilliant coloratura, and triumphant pageantry. BWV 66 Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (Rejoice, you hearts) BWV 134 Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß (A heart that knows its Jesus is living) BWV 67 Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ (Keep Jesus Christ in mind)…

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Easter Festival: The Lord is my Shepherd

Monday 18 April, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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Described as ‘one of the truly perfect cantatas, flawless in every detail’, Cantata 104 draws its inspiration from Psalm 23 ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’. Full of leisurely melodies and flourishes, it finds refreshment, green pastures and a foretaste of heaven. As we move towards Christ’s Ascension and departure from the earth, Cantata 166 is in a rather uncertain vein asking the question ‘Where are you going?’ yet Bach’s music is always full of hope. Clearing the skies to joy…

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May 2022

Resound, Ye Songs!

Sunday 8 May, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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 Watch live-stream! . Bach’s earliest works are often considered to be his most inventive, full of daring ideas. Cantata 12 is one of his most affecting compositions, the opening of which was to find its way into the B minor Mass. Now one year in his post as Thomaskantor, he revived his Pentecost Cantatas 59 and 172 for the 2nd and 3rd time respectively. Dating from 1714 during his employment in service of the Dukes of Weimar, the effulgent Cantata…

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June 2022

Festival of Joy

Sunday 19 June, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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 Watch live-stream! A trio of cantatas drawn from earlier works, deftly reworked to suit their new contexts. The Pentecostal cantatas 173 and 184 find their roots in secular Serenatas written for Prince Leopold at Cöthen, their imagery ingeniously preserved so that association between words and music is unharmed. Cantata 194, written for the dedication of the church and organ at Störmthal in 1723, was probably also based on a lost Cöthen work and is revived here in full festal splendour…

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July 2022

Mass in B minor

Saturday 9 July, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St John the Evangelist Church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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Featuring soloists from the Oxford Bach Soloists, this concert presents the culmination of a workshop week with members of the Orlando Chamber Choir.   Book tickets

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Cancelled: Wake Up!

Sunday 17 July, 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
New College Chapel, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3BN
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It is with a heavy heart that we have had to cancel this event. Anyone who has booked a ticket for this event will receive a refund in the upcoming days.  In his second cycle of Cantatas at Leipzig, Bach focuses exclusively on the chorale, each Cantata based on the main Lutheran hymn for the occasion. This new ‘chorale cantata’ cycle is announced with a sweeping French overture in the grand Cantata 20 ‘O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort’. After impressive coloratura…

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September 2022

Raynham Hall

Saturday 24 September, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Raynham Hall, Raynham Hall
Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 7EP United Kingdom
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  Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Cantata 199: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut Cantata 170: Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust Esther Brazil mezzo-soprano Tom Hammond-Davies conductor Hugh Cutting countertenor Book Tickets In 1714 Johann Sebastian Bach was made Konzermeister of the Weimar court orchestra. With this appointment came the responsibility of providing a cantata, once a month for the Sunday services in the court chapel. Though comparatively few in number Bach’s Weimar cantatas nevertheless are striking for their formal, technical and expressive variety. The…

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