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Choral Scholar Focus: Joseph Hancock

Choral Scholar Focus: Joseph Hancock

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training to date? I began my training under Edward Higginbottom and Bronwen Mills at New College, where I was head chorister. Four years on, I continue to study with Bronwen and am a member of a number of choirs such as St...

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Bach’s Band: The Violin

Bach’s Band: The Violin

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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Choral Scholar Focus: Sam Mitchell

Choral Scholar Focus: Sam Mitchell

The last time we caught up with you, you were about to perform Bach's cantata BWV 54. How did you find it? Singing Cantata BWV 54 was a fantastically exciting experience. To be accompanied by such an expert collection of players who were so responsive and supportive...

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Performer Focus: Charles Maxtone-Smith

Performer Focus: Charles Maxtone-Smith

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training and career to date? My earliest musical training began as a member both of a local choral society and of the London Oratory Junior Choir, in which I became acquainted with Roman Catholic liturgy and music. My education...

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Bach’s Band: The Viola

Bach’s Band: The Viola

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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Choral Scholar Focus: Dan Gethin

Choral Scholar Focus: Dan Gethin

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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Performer Focus: Josef Laming

Performer Focus: Josef Laming

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training and career to date? My first musical training was as a chorister at Leicester Cathedral, and it wasn’t long before I started piano and then organ lessons. I was interested in the harpsichord as a teenager but regrettably...

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Performer Focus: Lewis Hammond

Performer Focus: Lewis Hammond

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training and career to date? I'm a countertenor from Maldon in Essex and I have just completed my first year of studying music at New College, Oxford. I started singing at the age of nine in my local parish church choir. When I...

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Performer Focus: Joel Raymond

Performer Focus: Joel Raymond

Tell us a bit about yourself, and your training and career to date?? I fell in love with baroque music as a child. I was very lucky my childhood recorder teacher, Sarah Fenn, was the concert manager of the English Concert, and so I was exposed to fantastic period...

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