Performer Focus: Sam Mitchell

“Widerstehe doch der Sünde warns and encourages the Christian to refrain from sin and strive to live a pure and godly life” It’s been about a year since we last caught up with you. Tell us what you’ve been up to? It’s been a wonderful year. I’ve had the privilege of...

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Bach: The husband, the father, and the family man

Tomorrow is Father’s Day, so in this week’s newsletter we take a closer look at Bach the husband, the father, and the family man. Bach was prolific in all areas of his life – he wrote more than 215 cantatas, numerous preludes and fugues for the organ, and a good...

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Did Bach die of diabetes?

The manner of Bach’s illness in his late years and his subsequent death has been a subject on which many music historians and Bach scholars have fiercely debated. This week is Diabetes Awareness Week (11 – 17 June), offering us the perfect opportunity to ask; did Bach...

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Performer Focus: Tristan Fry

“I appeared on soundtracks for most of the James Bond films (since Goldfinger), Pink Panther, Alien, the Harry Potters, and Lord of the Rings...” o Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training and career to date? I joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO)...

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Did Handel steal from Bach?

Transformative imitation or just plain theft? Bach’s Cantata 21 Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (I had much grief) is described as “one of the most extraordinary and inspired of Bach's vocal works” (John Eliot Gardiner). With eleven movements lasting about 40 minutes, it...

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Choral Scholarships 2018-19

We are pleased to announce the launch of twelve Choral Scholarships for 2018-19 These new scholarships will provide an opportunity for young aspiring singers to develop their solo singing within the musical programme of the Oxford Bach Soloists. With the generous...

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Performer Focus: James Jenkins

“Since moving to Oxford I have spent my time pursing singing as a profession, studying languages, and perfecting Mary Berry’s Banana Bread recipe for my bake-off CV...” o Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training and career to date? I’m currently a Lay Clerk at...

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Performer Focus: Cecilia Osmond

“I went to St Paul’s Girls’ School as a violinist and pianist, but found myself drawn to singing during my time at school. By the end of my three years as a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, I knew I wanted to pursue a career as a singer rather than a...

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Performer Focus: Alexander Chance

“I was born in London, but lived in Norfolk for most of my childhood. Though never a Chorister, I sang as a treble in school choirs until the age of about 14, when I convinced myself and others that my voice was breaking (it wasn’t), and pretended to be a...

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