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Schools Project Concert: a must-hear event!

16 October 2015, 17:00 - 17:30


This event will be broadcast from The Sheldonian Theatre

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The culmination of several weeks of workshops in local schools, this concert is given by the young people who have written their own words and music, and now perform it joined by top professional singer Ciara Hendrick. Each year, this is an inspirational and uplifting event to which all are warmly invited.

Our workshop leader John Webb, joined by pianist Jonathan Williams, has been working in three primary schools in the run-up to the Festival, leading a series of creative workshops based around Shakespeare's The Tempest. Festival-goers who have attended past Schools concerts at the start of the Festival have been unfailingly amazed at the creativity and enthusiasm on display.

Do come and support the hard work and imagination of these young people; if you've not been before, we strongly encourage you to try it out. It's absolutely free and you'll be able to enjoy supper at the Vaults between this and the evening recital.

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Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams


Jonathan Williams enjoys a varied freelance career working at the highest level as an orchestrator, conductor and teacher. Currently the Director of College Music at St Hilda's College, Oxford, Jonathan has built up an enviable reputation making music both live and in the recording studio. He began his career specialising in music of the eighteenth century, reading for a doctorate at Oxford on the operas of Jean-Phillippe Rameau and conducting numerous opera performances, including the first staged run in Britain on period instruments... Read Full Biography
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Ciara Hendrick

Ciara Hendrick


Ciara Hendrick studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Strasbourg Opera Studio. Recent engagements include Fortuna/Valetto in The Coronation of Poppea, Opera North (c. Laurence Cummings), La Messaggera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Venice with I Fagiolini, Aréthuse in Charpentier’s Actéon with the Early Opera Company and Bach’s B Minor Mass at St John’s, Smith Square. Recording credits include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Dunedin Consort (due for release 2016), the role o... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

2015 Festival: Singing Words: poets and their songs

Singing Words: Poets and their Songs celebrates the glorious and varied poetry of song and emphasises this unique meeting of words and music. Following the triumph of last year’s ‘The Schubert Project’ and our recent Royal Philharmonic Society Award, we are pleased to present another stellar array of world-renowned artists in the heart of Oxford. Many of the programmes are bas...

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