Sat 16 May, SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist Church
A Grade I, G.F. Bodley designed church and adjoining cloister that forms part of St Stephen's House, a Permanent Private Hall of the University.
Recently updated as a concert venue, SJE has underfloor heating and new lighting, comfortable chairs, a new toilet block, staging, and a Steinway D concert grand piano. The acoustic is superb.
SJE is on the Iffley Road opposite the University Sports Ground. Buses from Oxford city centre stop directly outside. Buses from London stop five minutes' walk away in St Clement's.
Capacity: 400 - 500
Disabled access and toilet.
Bar on site for most events.
A selection of Green Rooms for performers.
Public car parks at St Clement's and behind Tesco on Cowley Road.
Limited parking for performers and Blue Badge holders in the college and, for some events, extra parking for the general public nearby
Walking: approx. 25 mins
By Bus: approx. 15 mins, from Westgate (Stop E1), Bus 3 or 3A to Rose Hill, James Street West Stop. Also X90 and BROOKESbus U5
By car: approx. 5
109a Iffley Road,
The grand siecle was the Golden Age of French power and wealth, the age of the Sun King. It is hardly surprising, then, that top-rate artists were cultivated to give voice to the glory and abundance of the times. One of the best, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, was a prolific writer of sacred music, and his Missa Assumpta est Maria is the most accomplished of his mass settings. In this programme, it is intertwined with string trios by his contemporary across the water, Henry Purcell. Their distinctive voices cannot hide a musical kinship bringing Paris and London into close embrace. Their compositional manners had more in common than their distinct nationalities might suggest – a moral for our times.
This music will be performed by the Oxford Consort of Voices and Instruments of Time & Truth, under the their francophile director Edward Higginbottom, one of the UK’s leading champions of the cause of French baroque music.
Duration: 2 hours 30mins with interval
Please note, this event has been Cancelled.
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