Sat 10 Mar, St Barnabas Church
St Barnabas' is the large basilica-style church whose striking campanile dominates the approach to Oxford from the railway station. It has served the Jericho district since its foundation by Thomas and Martha Combe in the wake of the Oxford Movement in 1869.
Capacity: up to 420
Facilities: Parking close to St Barnabas Church is extremely limited. Disabled access.
Cardigan Street, Jericho,
Jubliate Chamber Choir with Berkeley Sinfonia - An Oxford Elegy
Finzi - Magnificat
Parry - Long since in Egypt's plenteous land
Parry - Music, when soft voices die
Parry - There is an old belief
Holst - Two psalms
Vaughan Williams - An Oxford Elegy
Jubilate Chamber Choir are pleased to collaborate once again with Berkeley Sinfonia in a programme in celebration of four of Britain's recognised choral masters. Instrumentalists, soloists, and chorus join together to open the concert with Finzi's dramatic yet lyrical Magnificat, before a section marking C. Hubert H. Parry's centenary with three diverse settings: 'Long since in Egypt's plenteous land' from the oratorio Judith, the part-song Music, when soft voices die, and the poignant 'There is an old belief' from the Songs of Farewell. Gustav Holst's Two Psalms (settings of Psalms 86 and 148) for choir, organ, and strings offers a salute to the great tradition of English hymnody, preceding the concert's centrepiece: Vaughan Williams's An Oxford Elegy. This evocative and atmospheric work, for narrator, chorus, and chamber orchestra, combines adaptations of The Scholar Gypsy and Thyrsis by Victorian poet Matthew Arnold to depict the journey of an Oxford scholar who abandons his lifestyle to live in the Oxfordshire countryside.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes with interval