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Bach Cantatas

21 October 2016, 22:00



We conclude our Bach day with a special evening of Bach Cantatas, performed by the singers and instrumentalists of the Oxford Bach Soloists. This is part of their ongoing survey of Bach's complete choral works.

Oxford Bach Soloists

Tom Hammond-Davies conductor

Cecilia Osmond soprano

Alexander Chance alto

James Gilchrist tenor

Ben Davies bass

James Gilchrist will also be performing Schumann's 1840 settings of Robert Reinick, Six Poems from the Songbook of a Painter at the Holywell Music Room on 27th October and at our Festive Finale at Saint John the Evangelist on 29th October.

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Programme


Artist Portrait

Cecilia Osmond

Cecilia Osmond

Soprano

The Canadian-born soprano Cecilia Osmond is heard frequently as a soloist and as a member of elite vocal ensembles, such as The Cardinall’s Musick and The Tallis Scholars. She was educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School and Trinity College, Cambridge. During her postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music she was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Notable solo performances include the title role in Handel’s Theodora with Nicholas McGegan at the Spitalfields Festival, Bach’... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Alexander Chance

Alexander Chance

Alto

Alexander Chance graduated in 2015 having read Classics at New College, Oxford, where he was a choral scholar under the direction of Edward Higginbottom for three years, and then of Robert Quinney for one. Many opportunities for solo performances came his way all over the world, most notably in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco where he sang the alto arias in Bach's St John Passion. He also made a number of recordings with the New College Choir, including an upcoming CD of John Blow verse anthems. Recent appearances have included a joi... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist

Tenor

James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest was fired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. James’ extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Labadie, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket, Masaaki Suzuki and the late Richard H... Read Full Biography
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Ben Davies

Ben Davies

Bass

Ben Davies (Bass) studied at the Royal Academy of Music before joining Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus and has since sung with many of the world’s best-known known choirs and ensembles. He started singing with The Sixteen during their first Choral Pilgrimage in 2000 and has toured, broadcast and recorded with them extensively, most recently as a soloist on their discs of Monteverdi’s Vespers, Purcell’s ‘Indian Queen’, two discs of Bach Masses and Handel’s Saul. He has sung in opera houses and concert ... Read Full Biography
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Thomas Hammond-Davies

Thomas Hammond-Davies

Conductor

Tom Hammond-Davies is an award-winning choral conductor living in Oxford. He graduated from the University of Oxford where he read music as an Organ Scholar at Hertford College. He later attended the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied choral conducting with Paul Spicer, director of the Finzi Singers and the Bach Choir in Birmingham. It was at the Conservatoire where he was awarded the Sir Michael Beech Conducting prize and the Three Choirs Festival award. Since then, Tom has carved out a unique space in choral conducting. He ... Read Full Biography
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Robert Quinney

Robert Quinney

Organist

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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Oxford Bach Soloists

Oxford Bach Soloists

Choir

The Oxford Bach Soloists (OBS) is a Baroque ensemble whose ambition is to perform, in sequence, the complete canon of J. S. Bach’s vocal works over 12 years. Founded by Tom Hammond-Davies (Artistic Director) in 2015, OBS offers a unique musical experience that converges composer, performer, and audience. The OBS mission is distinctive and pioneering: while there have been many recordings and performances of the complete vocal works of J. S. Bach, no ensemble has ever mounted a cycle of performances in chronological order, programmed... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

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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