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A crisis or an opportunity?

By on April 1, 2020 in My News, People, Uncategorized

Like you I am adjusting to the Coronavirus crisis as best I can. My thoughts here are to make contact with all me friends as best I can and to hope that you are doing OK. I am finding that work from home continues to be very busy. With making sure that all activities are

Radcliffe Orchestra: 7 March 2020

By on February 23, 2020 in Concerts, Oxford, Radcliffe Orchestra

My third concert with the wonderful Radcliffe Orchestra will take place at 7.45 pm on Saturday 7 March in Tingewick Hall at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. John James returns to play Strauss’ 2nd Horn Concerto and we are performing Brahms and Sibelius to frame this. Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture will open, followed by Sibelius’¬†Swan

Words and Music with Errollyn Wallen

By on December 31, 2019 in Mansfield College

It’s 60 years since my father was appointed as Senior Tutor (later Principal) at Mansfield College (autumn 1959), so it’s fair to say that I have had a lifelong connection with the College. Music has been important there over the years: Eric Routley (hymnolgist and amazing musician) was a Fellow; David Goodall (father of horn

John Whitfield (1957 – 2019)

By on December 30, 2019 in John Whitfield

It was so sad that John Whitfield, bassoonist, conductor and musician extraordinary, died on 4 November. He had not enjoyed good health for some time but even so he has left us far too early. From his phenomenal arrival on the scene, through his years as a fine player (LSO, London Mozart Players etc.) and

Nicholas Daniel at Oxford Chamber Music Society

By on December 22, 2019 in Oxford Chamber Music Society

On 1 December my second concert as President of Oxford Chamber Music Society featured my old friend Nick Daniel playing oboe quartets with his Britten Oboe Quartet colleagues, Jacqueline Shave (violin), Caroline Dearnley (viola) and Clare Finnimore (cello). The concert was a real treat with great performances of Oliver Knussen’s Cantata and Elizabeth Lutyens’ Driving

Concert for Kamran’s Ward

By on December 22, 2019 in Oxford

A memorable evening this autumn was spent playing for the Oxford Elysian Ensemble and Choristers of radley College in a benefit concert on 17 November for Kamran’s Ward, the wonderful home of Paediatric Oncology at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The concert was promoted by Alison Cooke, Richard Wigmore and the OEE and involved performances of

Oxford Chamber Music Society

By on November 4, 2019 in Oxford Chamber Music Society

It is a great honour for me to be appointed as the new President of the Oxford Chamber Music Society. Founded as the Oxford Ladies’ Musical Society in 1898 and changing to its current name in 1968, the Society has enjoyed a long and distinguished history of promoting chamber music of the highest standard. In

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