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Music At Oxford Shows This Spring

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Katie Melua presents The Silk Roads

28 April, 7.30pm | Sheldonian Theatre

A one-off musical performance of wholly original songs by students and young people, presented by acclaimed singer-songwriter Katie Melua and the University of Oxford. Inspired by stories from Professor Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads, the musical works draw on Frankopan’s account of these ancient trade routes, exploring journeys through time, geographies and cultures. Join us for an evening held in the iconic Sheldonian Theatre, that transcends musical styles, moving from pop to classical as Katie Melua frames the narratives of student song-writers, who will perform alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and University players in a concert that embraces creative collaboration.

Book Now: https://bit.ly/MaO-SR

Chamber Music from the African Continent & Diaspora

8 May, 7pm | Sheldonian Theatre

We are pleased to present a concert in partnership with TORCH. Pianist Samantha Ege and the Castle of our Skins string quartet give the UK premieres of works by South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen (b. 1975) and African American composers Florence Price (1887-1953), Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989), and Frederick C. Tillis (1930-2020) in this illuminating concert. Samantha Ege is a musicologist and pianist, her performances and publications shed an important light on composers from underrepresented backgrounds. Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating black artistry through music.

Book Now: https://bit.ly/MaO-SECoS

Rameau: Castor et PolluxRameau Project Orchestra & Choir, Conducted by Jonathan Williams

15 May, 6pm | Sheldonian Theatre

UK PREMIERE (abridged for semi-staged performance)

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) is the leading French contemporary of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, and his 30 lavish stage works composed for the Paris of Louis XV place him among the top three opera composers of the eighteenth century. This performance will be the very first chance in the UK to hear his Castor et Pollux in its original and revolutionary version of 1737 and there’s something for everyone to enjoy: rousing choruses, toe-tapping dances and some of Baroque music’s most beautiful arias.

Book Now: https://bit.ly/MaO-RmCP

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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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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.

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Wed 1 Nov 2023

OX Meets the American Jazz singer Samara Joy.