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Music At Oxford Shows This May/June

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Brodsky Quartet: 50th Anniversary Celebration

29 May, 6pm | Sheldonian Theatre

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Brodsky Quartet have brought together a typically thoughtful and varied programme that mixes up musical styles and eras. The programme includes two Shostakovich string quartets; the Quartet’s recordings of all the string quartets by Shostakovich earned them the prestigious title of ‘Artistic Associate’ at London’s Kings Place so these works, ending each half of the concert will provide a fitting flair to finish the evening.

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Engegård Quartet with Nils Økland

11 June, 6pm | SJE Arts

This exciting programme interweaves folk and classical music seamlessly. The Engegård Quartet, known for their fresh and engaging interpretations of the classical string quartet repertoire, are also committed to exploring and showcasing the musical traditions of Scandinavia. ECM artist Nils Økland is one of the finest performers of the traditional Norwegian hardanger fiddle, finding inspiration in folk, improvisation and classical music, and integrating these different genres in his very own musical universe. Økland and the Engegård Quartet explore this landscape together to bring us a unique experience.

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Bach’s Doubles and TriplesRachel Podger, Irish Baroque Orchestra

29 June, 7.30pm | Sheldonian Theatre

We are so pleased to welcome Baroque specialists the Irish Baroque Orchestra for their Oxford debut with internationally renowned violinist, Rachel Podger. Presenting a programme of ‘Bach’s Doubles and Triples’, Rachel and the orchestra will perform concerti that showcase different combinations of instruments including the violin, flute, oboe and harpsichord. The programme starts with a contrapuntal tour de force and one of Bach’s most successful works, his Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043, and ends with his Concerto for Three Violins in D major BWV 1064R, originally written for three harpsichords.

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Jake Bugg
Tue 2 Apr 2024

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg will be on stage at the O2 later this month as part of his mission to bring live music back to the heart of Britain’s communities and grassroots venues. He is currently touring the UK in his bid to reinvigorate the local music scene of some of the UK’s smaller cities and towns and took some time out to tell us more.

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Tue 2 Apr 2024

Award-winning quirky and alternative comedian Paul Foot is returning to Oxford this month with his new show, Dissolve which is set to be his most vulnerable and honest yet. We got in touch to find out what we can expect from his performance at Oxford’s New Theatre, as well as – in very Paul Foot fashion – getting side-tracked by King  Tutankhamen, and what  Jesus might have  achieved if  he'd been a plumber...

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Fri 1 Mar 2024

This month, Katie Melua will be in Oxford, helping to launch the Oxford Literary Festival’s new Programme in Georgian Literature and Culture.

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Fri 1 Mar 2024

Described as having a diasporic upbringing, singer-songwriter Namvula is also a gifted photographer and was co-founder of Film Africa, a London-based celebration of African cinema and culture. She now lives in Oxford where she will be performing later this month at The North Wall.