Worcester College, Oxford is celebrating its Tercentenary with a concert featuring the chapel choir and Charivari Agreable conducted by Nicholas Cleobury and Nicholas Freestone in a programme which combines a new work by Deborah Pritchard, Robert Saxton's At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners with music by Handel and Haydn. (2/5). The Joyful Company of Singers gala concert, conducted by Peter Broadbent, includes Richard Strauss's outrageous Deutsche Motette plus music by Schoenberg, Brahms, Judith Bingham and Alexander Campkin (10/6). The Holst Singers and the Brook Street Band, conductor Stephen Layton, perform Handel's Israel in Egypt and the concert marks a new initiative to present all of Handel's oratorios at St John's over a seven year period. Baritone Maciek O'Shea joins the Orchestra Vitae for a performance of John Adams' The Wound Dresser plus RVW 4 (1/5)
French soprano Sandrine Piau joins the American ensemble Apollo's Fire, director Jeannette Sorrell, for a programme of Vivaldi, Rameau and Handel (8/5). Ian Page and Classical Opera are joined by Louise Alder, Eleanor Dennis, Stuart Jackson and David Shipley for a programme of Mozart opera arias (4/6)
More intriguing perhaps is a joint concert from the Morley Accordion Orchestra and the Nuremberg Accordian Orchestra (8/6).
Song recitals include Ruby Hughes and James Cheung along with viola player Lawrence Power in Brahms, Bridge, Strauss, Schubert and Mozart (30/4), whilst Joan Rogers and James Cheung perform Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Canteloube, Schubert and Strauss (30/6). Danielle de Niese and Cameron Stowe give a recital on 24 June.
Artur Pizzaro's complete Rachmaninov cycle continues (6/5). And there is an extraordinary weekend, Occupy the Pianos curated by Rolf Hind celebrating piano playing in all its myriad forms (30/5 - 1/6)
The Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music runs from 16 to 24 May, with a variety of wonderful events centred on the year 1714. And the London International Players celebrate Richard Strauss's 150th birthday with a trio of concerts featuring Strauss's chamber works alongside those of his contemporaries. (11/6, 27/6, 8/7)
Further information from St John's Smith Square website.
Elsewhere on this blog:
- Elegiac dreaming: Elgar's Dream of Gerontius
- Ancient voices: Dame Isobel Baillie
- Medieval chant and Lamentations: Tenebrae Consort - CD review
- Bach Cantatas vol 18: Sigiswald Kuijken & La petite Bande - CD review
- Magical: Borka, the Goose with No Feathers
- Technique and musicality: Rupert Charlesworth and Laurence Cummings at the Foundling Hospital
- My dearest Hedgehog: The Tempestuous Marriage of Richard and Pauline Strauss
- Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito
- Chelsea Opera Group: Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi
- The Lonely City: The Platinum Consort, Scott Inglis-Kidger
- 30th birthday: John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers
- Rokoko: Max Emanuel Cencic in arias by Hasse
- Rosenblatt Recitals: Giuseppe Filianoti