Skip to main content

No results found

Ask William Banner2 r0ejsz
What's On, Music

The Oxford Harmonic Choir

divider
Handel Messiah March 2022 Ox Magazine

The Oxford Harmonic Choir is offering an exciting opportunity in its upcoming concert to hear the UK première of Sir Andrew Davis’s colourfully re-orchestrated version of the perennial favourite that is Handel’s Messiah. The concert will take place at 7.30 on 26 March in Oxford Town Hall.

Sir Andrew describes his veneration for Handel and the ideas behind his version in the
following words: ‘My aim was to keep Handel’s notes, harmonies, and style intact but to make use of all the colours available from the modern symphony orchestra in order to underline the mood and meaning of individual movements. … Everything I have done instrumentally stems from the enormous respect, even awe, which I feel towards this supreme masterpiece. If any of my ideas should help to illuminate any part of it, I shall be happy.’

The performance will be conducted by the choir’s conductor, Robert Secret, who writes:
‘When I was asked, by the choir, to do a performance of Messiah more akin to the way it was
performed one hundred years ago, to celebrate our centenary, the obvious solution was to use the Ebenezer Prout edition orchestrated for full orchestra. However, David Morris, our
Treasurer, told me of the Andrew Davis orchestration. On hearing it, I was won over by the
imagination that was put into this version. It is no mere adding in of extra instruments but a
beautiful recreation of this masterpiece with a full symphony orchestra, even including a
harp, and with sensitive use of percussion instruments in some numbers.’

Oxford Harmonic Choir celebrated its centenary in 2021 and has a distinguished history of performing both well-known and more unusual repertoire.

To find out more about the choir and its history, visit its website at oxfordharmonicchoir.org

RECOMMENDED

JIEifahE
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. 

Hp7PKcSs
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. 

OFFPFCF Banner 2022 h6mmga
Mon 16 May 2022

After a 2-year hiatus, QED Comedy Laboratory are delighted to announce the return of the Oxford Comedy Festival this July. It will run from 1st-30th July in various venues across the city.

thumbnail eco balloon race
Fri 13 May 2022

Sunshine Cat Rescue is always looking for fun and new ways to fundraise. We are currently holding our 2nd Eco Balloon race and are looking to sell balloons to help raise money for the cats and kittens in care.