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Bach Revived Part I

21 October 2016, 11:30 - 12:00


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New College Ante Chapel

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This is the first event of several today exploring the music of Bach and its influence on Schumann and his circle.

Today's focus is the Bach revival led by Mendelssohn, supported by Schumann and influential on so many others. Robert Quinney, Organist and Director of the Choir at New College, starts the day in the magnificent chapel at New College with an illustrated lecture on Schumann and Mendelssohn's efforts to imitate and integrate Bach's counterpoint in their own works.

This event is free, although booking is recommended.

This fascinating lecture sets the scene for several other talks and concerts over the course of the day:

From 2.30pm, we move to the Weston Library to explore the first performances of the St Matthew Passion and the foundation of the Bach Societies with Hannah French, as well as hearing live music in Blackwell Hall, and a talk given by Richard Wigmore on the influence of Bach in Schumann's songs.

At 5.30pm, the Phoenix Piano Trio perform Mendelssohn's second piano trio in C minor, with its famous last-movement chorale clearly a legacy of Bach and the Lutheran chorale.

Lastly, at 10pm, the Oxford Bach Soloists under conductor Tom Hammond-Davies perform three Bach cantatas in New College Chapel, joined by renowned tenor James Gilchrist.


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Robert Quinney

Robert Quinney


ROBERT QUINNEY is the Organist and Tutorial Fellow in Music at New College and Associate Professor at the University Faculty of Music. He was Organ Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, and subsequently a postgraduate student under John Butt. Since embarking on a full-time performing career in 2000 he has maintained a keen interest in academic music, with a particular research interest in J. S. Bach. This has combined with his performing work in a series of Bach recordings on the Coro label, of which Gramophone wrote: ‘Quinn... Read Full Biography

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The Schumann Project

The Schumann Project: 14-29 October 2016 The fifteenth Oxford Lieder Festival will be the Schumann Project, a unique survey of Schumann's complete songs. The Schumann Project will explore Schumann's life and times, his friends and contemporaries, his influences and his legacies, and his literary and artistic interests. This two-week feast of song will feature Oxford Lieder's trad...

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