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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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Mon 2 May 2022

It’s a strange thing to be confronted by a famous face whether in the flesh or over Zoom; you never know when you’ll be a little starstruck. Anton du Beke has spent most autumn weekends in my living room for the past eight years but despite that, I had no idea what to expect when we arranged to speak ahead of his ‘Audience With’ at the Wycombe Swan in May. 

Mon 2 May 2022

The idea for an open studios event was brought from the US four decades ago and the first Artweek in the UK was held in Oxford, simply as a small local event. Since then, millions of visitors have enjoyed the friendly welcome of local artists: now the festival encompasses the whole of Oxfordshire and it is a model which has been copied across the country.

Fri 1 Apr 2022

Stand-up comedian and presenter perhaps best known for his appearance on the now-cancelled Mash Report, Nish Kumar called in ahead of his UK tour of Your Power, Your Control which comes to Oxford on 17 May.  

Fri 1 Apr 2022

Following the hugely successful release of their latest album, Give Me The Future, we spoke with Bastille’s lead singer Dan Smith, not only to find out more about their upcoming tour, but to discuss the band’s early career and rise to fame.