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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

Albion Ensemble

By on September 29, 2019 in Albion Ensemble

September has brought some wonderful music making not least two wonderful days with members of the Albion Ensemble. Peter Francomb and Helen Cass had the great idea to get the Albion to join the Riverside Quintet to play decets on 8 September and miraculously we managed to bring Philippa Davies, Andrew Marriner, Peter and myself

Kammermusik 2019

By on September 28, 2019 in Kammermusik Workshop

This year’s Kammermusik Workshop took us back to Santa Fe for a great week of playing, coaching and fun. The weather late July and early August was especially good and we were immediately able to enjoy it when we stayed for two perfect days with Daren West and Will Buss. They treated us to delicious

Victoria International Arts Festival, Gozo

By on July 18, 2019 in George Caird Oboe Quartet

Thanks to Father George Frendo, the Caird Oboe Quartet performed for the Victoria International Arts Festival on 13 July. I was so pleased to play again with Simon Blendis, Douglas Paterson and Jane Salmon in Mozart’s C major quartet (K. 285b) and K. 370. The trio also played Beethoven’s G major trio, Op 9 No

Oxford Sinfonia

By on April 2, 2019 in Oxford Sinfonia

Congratulations to Jan Schmolck and the Oxford Sinfonia for their performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto on Saturday in St Mary’s Church, Oxford. It was a treat for me to conduct this along with Judith Weir’s Heroic Strokes of the Bow and Brahms’ St Anthony Variations. Thanks to all involved in this and especially to

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