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Announcing Michael Chance as our Patron

Announcing Michael Chance as our Patron

Today we are thrilled to announce Michael Chance as Patron of the Oxford Bach Soloists! "I am thrilled to have been asked to be Patron of Oxford Bach Soloists, with the music of J. S. Bach being central to my performing and recording life. The work OBS has been doing...

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Choral Scholar Focus: Tom Lilburn

Choral Scholar Focus: Tom Lilburn

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training to date? I have been a Lay Clerk in the Choir of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle for three years. I came to Windsor after graduating in Natural Sciences from St John’s College Cambridge, where I was a choral scholar...

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The Towns and Cities of J. S. Bach

The Towns and Cities of J. S. Bach

In this newsletter, we explore the cities and towns where Bach took up residence and composed his great cantatas. Eisenach Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach in 1685, a small town in Thuringia, Germany. He was the seventh and youngest child of Johann Ambrosius...

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Choral Scholar Focus: Emily Brown Gibson

Choral Scholar Focus: Emily Brown Gibson

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training to date? I grew up in Toronto, Canada and at the age of four was handed a tissue-box-and-stick-makeshift-violin, which was my first introduction to classical music. The box eventually turned into a real violin, which I...

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Bach’s Band: The Harpsichord

Bach’s Band: The Harpsichord

Find out more about some of the instruments played by our ensemble in our new series, Bach's Band. Our latest newsletter is by Anhad Arora on the harpsichord! What are the essential features and sound of the harpsichord? The harpsichord is a member of an extended...

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Bach’s Band: The Viola Da Gamba

Bach’s Band: The Viola Da Gamba

Find out more about some of the instruments played by our ensemble in our new series, Bach's Band. Our latest newsletter is by Susie Heinrich on the viola da gamba! What are the essential features and sound of the viola da gamba? From a broad evolutionary perspective,...

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Choral Scholar Focus: James Jenkins

Choral Scholar Focus: James Jenkins

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training to date? For me, it all started with years of to-ing and fro-ing from school with only my Mum, sister, and the complete works of ABBA for company. The transition from back-seat dancing queen to cassocked chorister didn’t...

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Choral Scholar Focus: Tom Lowen

Choral Scholar Focus: Tom Lowen

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training to date? I started singing aged 8 as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and have practically been speaking in recitative ever since. I masqueraded as a violinist for a few years while I made the transition from highest...

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Bach’s Band: The Horn

Bach’s Band: The Horn

Find out more about some of the instruments played by our ensemble in our new series, Bach's Band. Our latest newsletter is by Anneke Scott on the horn! What are the essential features and sound of the horn? Whenever I think of the horn of Bach’s time, the lines of...

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Bach’s Band: The Flute

Bach’s Band: The Flute

OBS offers people like me the platform to work intensively on solo singing in a supportive environment, and I believe it will have a fundamental impact on how a whole generation of young Oxford singers will develop

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