Sat 21 Mar 2020, 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,
7th SJE Arts International Piano Series:Stephen Hough
Saturday 21 March 2020, 7.30pm
Composer, writer and peerless performer, Stephen Hough takes on the theme of death. People are reluctant, he notes, to confront the reality of death but ‘in painting, literature and music, death has always been a central subject resulting in the most exalted and inexhaustible expression’. Hough’s programme explores this further.
Bach supposedly wrote the Chaconne in memory of his first wife Maria, while Busoni’s Berceuse acquired, on orchestration, the subtitle 'the man’s lullaby at his mother’s coffin’. Sonata no. 2 by Chopin has the famous Funeral March slow movement and Hough’s own Sonata no. 4 reflects on the transience of life. Of the three Liszt pieces, Funérailles commemorates three of the composer’s friends who died in the crushed Hungarian uprising of 1849, while the two Mephisto waltzes conjure the devil himself in an unholy brew of dissonance, tension and passion.
Stephen Hough’s previous SJE performances have had a charged atmosphere. We anticipate a thrilling evening.
Tickets: £35, £28, £21, £17; under 25s £10 reduction
Season Passes are also available for all 7th SJE Arts Piano Series concerts. Click HERE for more details or to book.
Duration: 1 hour 45mins with interval
Bach arr. Busoni: Chaconne from Partita no.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42
Chopin: Sonata no. 2 in B-flat minor, Op.35
Hough: Sonata no. 4 (Vida Breve)
Liszt: Funerailles from S.173
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz (Bagatelle without tonality)
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no. 1
To book a Wheelchair Space for this event, please call 01865 305 305.