Wed 10 Jun 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: Steven Osborne
Wednesday 10 June 2020, 7.30pm
Scottish pianist Steven Osborne’s insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. In 2013 he was awarded the title Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year.
In concerto, he has worked with conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sakari Oramo, Andrew Litton and Vasily Petrenko. Summer 2017 saw him give the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Piano Concerto The Imaginary Museum – a piece written for and dedicated to Steven - in his fourteenth appearance at the BBC Proms. As a recitalist, he performs in the world’s most prestigious venues and is a regular guest at London’s Wigmore Hall.
For his previous visit to SJE Arts three years ago, Steven programmed Beethoven and Brahms. Tonight, along with Schubert’s delicate Andante in A major, he performs the composer’s penultimate piano sonata, written during the last months of Schubert’s life and reflecting his mental state. The second movement, in particular, has been described variously as ‘a composed hallucination’ (Jonathan Biss) and as having ‘a desolate grace behind which madness lies’ (Alfred Brendel).
Following the interval, Steven Osborne turns to Russia and Rachmaninov, performing the Nunc Dimittis, an arrangement from the choral All Night Vigil, and some short pieces composed before Rachmaninov left Russia in 1918. To close the concert, Steven presents a much earlier composition, Six Moments Musicaux, in which each movement is written in the form characteristic of a previous musical era. A fascinating end to the 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
Schubert: Andante in A, D604
Schubert: Sonata in A, D959
Piano piece in A-flat (TBC)
Nunc Dimittis from Vespers arr. Rachmaninov
Six Moments Musicaux
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