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‘20th Anniversary Festival Transcendence: Beethoven & Pärt ‘a world-class gathering by any standards..’ Time Out


The Oxford Chamber Music Festival was founded by Violinist and Artistic Director, Priya Mitchell in 2000. Since then, the Festival has evolved and grown into something that audiences love and cherish and where there is a real sense of musical homecoming. Each festival and celebration of chamber music has its own unique dynamic. The OCMF’s everlasting appeal emanates as much from the talented and passionate musicians as the atmosphere of Oxford’s extraordinary surroundings and rich historic context.

Transcendence, the 2021 festival programme (September 28th until October 4th) features an incredible line-up of world-class artists, performing in some of Oxford's most iconic venues. The full programme can be found here

Although the music of Arvo Pärt and Beethoven forms the centrepiece of our programme, we are excited to explore this year's theme of Transcendence in a wide variety of ways: from Emily Dickinson's poetry to Schumann's timeless song cycle, Dichterliebe, performed by Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake; and the sounds of Bijapur in an improvisation on 12 whispering gallery resonances by Sukhwinder 'Pinky-Ji' Singh and Matthew Barley.

The Festival features Stephen Kovacevich, performing two of Beethoven’s piano sonatas; the Marmen Quartet performing three of Beethoven’s epoch-making string quartets; and Imogen Cooper playing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.

Our final public concert, with soloists, Nicolas Altstaedt, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Hugo Ticciati, showcases Beethoven’s rarely-performed Triple Concerto.

We believe that music should be available for all young people and we are looking forward to holding our Schools Concert for three local schools on Monday 4th October, in collaboration with d’Overbroeck’s, our Partner School. In addition, thanks to the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust we can offer a limited number of FREE tickets to young people aged 8 to 25 (inclusive) for our other Festival performances (book early to avoid disappointment).

All Festival ticket bookings will be online and e-tickets only this year. If you prefer to watch the performances in the comfort of your own home, recordings will be available a few weeks after the concerts, for ticket holders, but they are not presented or streamed live.

Click here for the Festival Programme 2021

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