Oxford’s premier mixed voice choir

EXPERIENCE J S BACH, ST JOHN PASSION, ON THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FIRST PERFORMANCE!

Tickets are selling quickly at TicketsOxford https://www.ticketsoxford.com/events/bach-st-john-passion for our concert on Saturday 9th March in the Sheldonian Theatre, of J S Bach’s great St John Passion, one of the finest sacred works in western music. This performance marks the 300th anniversary of the first performance of St John Passion on 7th April 1724 in the church of St Nicholas, Leipzig.

We will be joined by ‘Instruments of Time and Truth’ and five outstanding soloists.  Benjamin Nicholas is the conductor.  See below for more details.

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JOHN RUTTER SINGING DAY

SATURDAY 11TH MAY 2024, 11am-5pm (registration from 10am)

OLIVIER HALL, ST EDWARD’S SCHOOL, WOODSTOCK ROAD, OXFORD OX2 7NN

TICKETS £25 (F/T STUDENTS £15) from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-rutter-singing-day-with-oxford-bach-choir-tickets-819292715567

Tickets are now available for a day of singing with one of the country’s leading composers.  We will work on a range of music from John Rutter’s wide range of compositions. Music will be provided.  Click below the photograph of the composer for more details.

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150TH ANNIVERSARY OF VERDI’S BLOCKBUSTER REQUIEM CELEBRATED!

Tickets are also available for the final concert in our 2023/24 Season, Verdi’s dramatic Requiem, marking the 150th anniversary of its first performance, in May 1874.

See below for concert and booking details.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO OUR 2024-25 SEASON

Handel’s Messiah opens our 2024-25 Season, with a performance in the Sheldonian Theatre (where Georg Fredrick himself performed in 1733) on Saturday 7 December 2024.

We are also very excited to announce that 2025 sees the start of the Oxford Bach Choir’s Elgar Project, with our first ever performance of Edward Elgar’s great oratorio The Apostles, on Sunday 16 March 2025.

As a schoolboy, Elgar was encouraged by his teacher to imagine the Apostles as very ordinary men, who were transformed by their encounter with Jesus, and this thought stuck with him for the rest of his life. In 1902 Elgar planned a great trilogy of oratorios on the lives of the Apostles, but only completed two of them, The Apostles (1903) and The Kingdom (1906). The OBC will perform these two great works in successive seasons, something which is rarely done anywhere.

In vivid and dramatic music, brilliantly scored for voices and orchestra, The Apostles tells the story of the Apostles from the moment of their calling by Jesus to his ascension. Elgar, however, holds true to his wish to consider the human aspects of the story, because in this work he gives especial prominence to the sorrow and repentance of Mary Magdalene and the despair and suicide of Judas Iscariot.
Because of the large forces which it demands, The Apostles is not often performed. This concert, therefore, promises to be an exciting and memorable occasion which should not be missed.

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ARE YOU LOOKING TO JOIN A CHOIR IN OXFORD?

We are one of the best-known large choirs in the country, with a history which goes back 127 years, and have performed with some of the greatest composers, conductors, orchestras and soloists.

If you are looking to join a choir with a welcoming atmosphere, high standards and a passion for performing great music, Oxford Bach Choir would like to hear from you!  We welcome approaches from everyone interested!

For more information, follow “Join the Choir” at the bottom of this page, or click here https://www.oxfordbachchoir.org/join-the-choir/.

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WATCH OUR ONLINE CONCERT IN THE TIME OF COVID

Our concert of French choral music from the Sheldonian Theatre in September 2021, the first in our 125th Anniversary Season, can be seen free at www.positivenote.co.uk/oxford-bach-choir. Oxford Bach Choir was conducted by Benjamin Nicholas, and Robert Quinney was the organist.  Rebecca McNaught (cello), Lila Chrisp (mezzo) and Ben Davies (bass) were soloists in Duruflé mid-20th century, Requiem.  The concert began with Fauré, Cantique de Jean Racine, and includes the immediate-past Oxford Professor of Poetry, Alice Oswald, reading a sonnet by John Donne and reflecting on the impact of the pandemic.  This was a fundraising concert for Oxford hospitals.