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February 2018

Premiere of St Hilda cantata by Nicola Lefanu & Wendy Cope

February 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High St
Oxford, OX1 4BJ United Kingdom
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It's with huge anticipation that the musicians of St Hilda's College and I are looking forward to giving the first performance of a new cantata at the University Church on 18 February. Commissioned by the St Hilda's Association of Senior Members, St Hilda of Whitby is written by poet Wendy Cope and composer Nicola Lefanu - two distinguished former members of college - and will be performed as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the founding of St Hilda's…

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March 2018

Seminar – Approaches to vocal performance in the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau

March 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Jacqueline de Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College, Cowley Place,
Oxford, Oxon OX4 1DY United Kingdom
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This seminar will explore ways of approaching the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau with a view to understanding better, and performing more stylistically, the vocal music in his operas. We will employ techniques of music analysis (the interpretation of metre, rhythmic notation, tonality and dissonance), study the musical sources, and examine eighteenth-century treatises. In a new approach, the seminar will also on draw the early modern literary expertise of Dr Jonathan Patterson (St Hilda's Career Fellow in French) to explore how…

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Concert – Missa Solemnis at the Cadogan Hall

March 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia,
London , SW1X 9DQ United Kingdom
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June 2018

In conversation with William Christie

June 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

What a great pleasure it has been to welcome William Christie to Oxford as the Humanitas Visiting Professor of Opera 2018-19, and to participate in the lively round-table discussion with him. And his conversation with Edward Higginbottom (in Prologue and 5 Acts format!) was both fascinating and entertaining… Thank you to Michael Burden for organising these memorable events and to the Weisenfeld-Hoffmann Trust for supporting them so generously.`

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Round table discussion with William Christie

June 21, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Jacqueline de Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College, Cowley Place,
Oxford, Oxon OX4 1DY United Kingdom
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Come along to hear William Christie, Rameau's greatest champion, and the new Humanitas Visiting Professor of Opera, as he talks about his long and distinguished career. At 2.30pm French Baroque specialist, James Halliday, will survey William Christie's life and work with him and, at 4pm, will be joined by Claire Holden, James Patterson and me to discuss all things Rameau together.

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Performing Rameau lecture

June 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road
Oxford, OX2 6HS United Kingdom
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I'm very excited indeed to be speaking at the Oxford International Conducting Institute Conference where I'll be sharing my experiences preparing Rameau's music for performance, and talking specifically about the performance practice issues involved when working with singers. Here's my abstract: Despite their popularity in France, the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) have elsewhere stood somewhat apart from the main canon. Conducting two Rameau fully-staged productions during 2017 – Les fêtes d’Hébé (with L’Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris) and…

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August 2018

Rameau at the Utrecht Early Music Festival

August 24, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Rameau is taking centre stage in the celebration of Burgundian music taking place at the Utrecht Early Music Festival this summer. On 28 and 29 August I'll be joining fellow Ramistes from around the world at the STIMU-SYMPOSIUM entitled RAMEAU IN CONTEXT AND PERFORMANCE. My paper, 'Rameau’s operas: approaches to preparing the vocal music' will examine some of Rameau’s performing practices and how to share them with singers. It will draw on what can be learned through the analysis of…

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November 2018

Fauré and Finzi with the ECO

November 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane
Ealing, United Kingdom
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I am delighted that the world-renowned English Chamber Orchestra will joining the Ealing Choral Society for a concert at St Barnabas Church, Ealing, in a programme of music and poetry to commemorate and celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the end of WW1. Finzi Requiem da Camera Elgar Sospiri and Lux aeternum ('Nimrod') Parry I was glad Fauré Requiem Tickets are available here.

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March 2019

St John Passion at the Cadogan

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia,
London , SW1X 9DQ United Kingdom
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Passion according to St John (1749 version) Evangelist -  Andrew Tortise Christus - Theodore Platt Soprano -  Emma Walshe Alto - Tim Morgan Bass - Philip Tebb With Ealing Choral Society and period-instrument ensemble Sinfonia Britannica

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May 2019

Dardanus @ Baroquestock

May 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Hugely exciting news - We'll be giving a performance of Rameau's Dardanus at this year's Baroquestock on Friday 3 May... More news soon...!

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