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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Baroque Favourites

Saturday 16 July 2022

7:30 PM

In the beautiful surroundings of St Martin-in-the-Fields, soloists from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra take you to the cradle of musical civilization – the Italian. The works by Albinoni and Pachelbel have become justifiably famous, even if the Oboe Concerto by Marcello remains a well-kept secret (played here by Ewan Millar, winner of 2020 BBC Young Musician Woodwind Final). Bach admired this regal, yearning and introspective piece enough to transcribe it for organ, before flooding his own Brandenburg Concertos with a distinctly Italian style of bustling musical conversation. Handel’s ceremonial Water Music completes this baroque cornucopia led by the Orchestra’s own outstanding musicians.

Programme

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G BWV 1048
Marcello – Concerto for Oboe
Handel – Water Music Suite No 3 in G HWV 350
Albinoni – Adagio in G minor
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G BWV 1049

Performers

Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Ewan Millar Oboe
Marios Papadopoulos Harpsichord/Director 

Praised as ‘excellent’ by Gramophone magazine and ‘thoroughly impressive’ by BBC Music Magazine, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra prides itself on creating exceptional and unique musical experiences, bringing new and engaging interpretations to well-loved works in the classical repertoire. Its continual search for excellence is underpinned by the uncompromising standards of its Founder and Music Director Marios Papadopoulos and maintained by some of the finest musicians in the UK, described by The Times as ‘glorious individual players’ and by Jessica Duchen as ‘a line-up to match any top-notch international ensemble and probably beat them on their own turf’.

The Oxford Philharmonic attracts some of the world’s greatest artists to appear in concert, including Maxim Vengerov, Valery Gergiev, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Martha Argerich, Sir András Schiff, Renée Fleming, Lang Lang, Nicola Benedetti and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In addition to its annual concert season in Oxford and touring performances across the UK, the Orchestra has a growing list of international engagements including its US debut at Carnegie Hall in June 2022.

The Orchestra is firmly committed to outreach work, taking music to areas of social and economic disadvantage. In December 2021 the Orchestra’s sub-principal violin Jamie Hutchinson was awarded the ABO’s prestigious Salomon Prize in recognition of the educational initiatives she spearheaded with the Orchestra’s education team during the pandemic.

The Orchestra and its Music Director were awarded the City of Oxford’s Certificate of Honour in 2013, in recognition of their contribution to education and performance in Oxford.

Dates, Times & Book

Sat 16 Jul 7:30 PM £32/£26/£22/£18/£10 Book

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