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A Christmas Feast

This year’s run up to Christmas sees three sensational events from the Oxford Bach Soloists – two in Oxford and one in Bath. So get into the seasonal spirit with our spectacular line up of Christmas events…

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Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart

The next concert from Oxford Bach Soloists on 19 November features music by Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart – three of the greatest composers in the world of classical music. We find out a bit more about the background to these famous composers…

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Performer Focus: Noel Rainbird

In this edition we meet bassoonist Noel Rainbird who at York University did a module on music and poetry and wrote a thesis on Music in the Third Reich. So how did you find yourself specialising in period music? I was studying modern bassoon with Martin Gatt,...

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What to expect at our Magnificat concert

Coming up in November from the Oxford Bach Soloists is a concert featuring music by Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart. One of the highlights will be Vivaldi’s glorious setting of the Magnificat. We find out more…

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Bach Cantata: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott (BWV 129)

The date of composition of this cantata is uncertain. It seems probable that Bach first performed it either during the 1726 Reformation Festival, which was always celebrated in Leipzig on 31st October, or on Trinity Sunday in the following year. Thereafter the piece took its place among the great chorale-based works of his 1724-25 cycle, where it replaced a non-chorale-based cantata, BWV 176.

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Performer Focus: Olwen Foulkes

Meet recorder player Olwen Foulkes who has played with Oxford Bach Soloists since 2014 and will be performing in the next exciting concert, Violin Concerto.

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Bach’s dazzling concerto

The key work in the next OBS concert is Bach’s dazzling Violin Concerto in E Major with Bojan Čičić as the soloist. We find out a little more about the origins of the concerto.

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Performer Focus: Aileen Thomson

Soprano Aileen Thomson is an alumna of St Peter’s College, Oxford. We hear more about her career as a performer both as a soloist and a choral singer.

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