Sat 21 Apr, 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
109a Iffley Road,
Contemporary Choral Music
Contemporary choral works by Paul Giger including ‘O Ignis’, ‘Tropus’ , ‘Altus solo 1 and II and Media Vita in Morte Sumus.
The Swiss violinist and contemporary musician Paul Giger and the counter-tenor David James (ex Hilliard Ensemble) join ECM artist Marie Louise Dähler (harpsichord) and percussionist Pudi Lehmann to perform choral works with the dynamic vOx Chamber Choir under the direction of David Crown.
'Paul Giger has created some of the most haunting music to ever grace your ears’- ECM
‘Giger is easily one of the greatest violinists of our time’ – ECM
The Swiss violinist Paul Giger has worked since 1983 as a soloist playing Baroque, contemporary composition, improvisation, jazz, and music of diverse folk traditions. He has also worked with Jan Garbarek, Pierre Favre and the Hilliard Ensemble. Six of his albums have been released on ECM.
David James, counter-tenor has enjoyed an international career as soloist and ensemble singer. He was a founder-member of The Hilliard Ensemble, performing both medieval, renaissance and contemporary works by Arvo Pärt, James MacMillan and Jan Garbarek.
The astonishing ‘O Ignis’ is structured around the selfsame piece by Hildegard von Bingen. It is anchored by a gently lilting in the strings that soon flowers into a supernova of musical activity, carefully controlled by the binding threads of its voices.
‘Tropus’ is drawn from 10th century plainchant and inverts the spectrum with the violin occupying the central axis around which the other voices reveal themselves. The choir ruffles its feathers, rising from the depths with ascendant violin improvisations, adding harmonic light to an already bursting image.
‘Altus solo 1’ and Altus solo II features David James whose haunting voice hovers over the harpsichord, violin and percussion which together creates sounds of great beauty.
Gregorian chant will open the concert which will segue into 'Karma Shadub' which is a mesmerising piece for solo violin and voice.
Duration: 1 hour 20mins with no interval
ECM Artists Paul Giger, David James (ex Hilliard Ensemble) and Marie-Louise Dähler with vOx Chamber Choir and Pudi Lehmann
With support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Funding and Cultural Promotion