Oxford Christmas Music
The latest and final episode in the video series Oxford in Voice has just been released - click here to view. It follows a number of Oxford's choirs and their directors as they prepare music for Advent and Christmas, and includes interviews with Professor Edward Higginbottom (New College) and Dr Owen Rees (The Queen's College).
Oxford's celebrated choirs are leading Advent and Christmas celebrations in the city, at concerts across the country, and on CD.
The following are just a few highlights, in addition to the choirs' Advent and Christmas service commitments:
Christ Church Cathedral Choir (director, Dr Stephen Darlington) gives a concert at the St John's Smith Square Christmas Festival, London, on Monday 17 December 2012.
Merton College Choir (director, Benjamin Nicholas) has recently released a CD entitled Advent at Merton on the Delphian label. The recording was decribed in the Guardian as 'excellent'.
New College Choir (director, Professor Edward Higginbottom) gives a concert of Christmas Music at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, on Tuesday 11 December 2012. Back in the chapel on Thursday 13 December, the Choir gives a concert of readings and music for Christmas in aid of 'The Reading Room Project' at the Pegasus School, a primary school in the Blackbird Leys district of Oxford.
Worcester College Choir (director, Stephen Farr) has recently released a CD entitled This Christmas Night: Contemporary Carols on the Resonus label. It includes Sweet was the Song by Dr Thomas Hyde, Lecturer in Music at Worcester. It is the Christmas Choice of BBC Music Magazine and the Classical CD of the week in the Daily Telegraph of 8 December.