CONCERTS

Oxford Harmonic Choir concerts are held in major central Oxford venues:

  • Oxford Town Hall
  • Sheldonian Theatre
  • SJE (St John the Evangelist Church)

All concerts start at 7.30pm. Doors and venue box office open at 7.00pm. Join our Mailing List to hear about future concerts. Read about recent performances on our Previous Concerts page. .

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Beethoven
Missa Solemnis
24 March 2018
Oxford Town Hall

Soloists:
Susan Young – soprano
Miranda Westcott – mezzo soprano
Owen Gilhooly – tenor
Richard Wiegold – bass

Missa Solemnis is one of the great choral masterpieces and Beethoven himself considered it his finest work. It is a towering piece with extraordinary dramatic contrasts in mood … Click here to read more ....

– from glorious exaltation and peaceful tranquillity to funereal solemnity and the ominous sounds of war. It was also a deeply personal spiritual expression: on the manuscript Beethoven wrote ‘From the heart – may it return to the heart’. Completed in 1823, Missa Solemnis takes its name from a tradition of grand settings of the mass but so eclipsed the rest that today the title is used solely for Beethoven’s masterpiece.
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Haydn
The Seasons
23 June 2018
Oxford Town Hall

Soloists:
Helen Massey – soprano
Paul Smy – tenor
Alan Fairs – bass

The Seasons, first performed in 1801, was written as a sequel to The Creation and has received equal critical acclaim ever since…. Click here to read more ....

In music full of vitality, colour and humour, Haydn vividly evokes the seasonal changes both in nature and village life – brilliantly depicting the villagers as they flee from summer storms, hunt, dance and drink (excessively!) at harvest time, spin and tell stories by the fire in the desolation of winter. Finally, in a magnificent climax amidst brass fanfares, Haydn takes us beyond the earthly seasons to a vision of ‘unbounded Spring, and everlasting happiness’ in heaven after death.