In this very difficult year for musicians (as it is for all), the Faculty of Music at Oxford wanted to offer something to lift the mood a little, and to celebrate the diverse music-making that students, staff and alumni all engage in, even when public concerts are prohibited. Our Music Faculty Advent calendar features a variety of music, with recordings both short and long, mostly made under lockdown conditions. You can view the calendar by clicking here.
In the calendar you will find not only several of Oxford’s wonderful choirs, singing the Advent music so many people recognise and cherish, but also our current students sharing music of different traditions, and our alumni, from the renowned baritone Roderick Williams and celebrated conductor Laurence Cummings, to the up-and-coming Echea Quartet and David Palmer, as well as heart-warming music-making from the Hackney Children’s Choir led by Tom Daggett. Together, they demonstrate the ongoing vitality and diversity of Oxford’s musicians and musical life, even in the face of current adversity, and the hope and joy that creative communities can nurture. We hope you enjoy these recordings. Do feel free to share them far and wide.
You may also be interested to know that the University’s Music Society (OUMS) has also created a musical Advent calendar, bringing together over 70 videos from around 50 groups and soloists, from local schools, community choirs/groups and University students. The OUMS calendar was specifically made for local care homes, hospitals, and hospices, but they are keen that their link also go public: https://bit.ly/musicadvent They have added a fundraising element, aiming to raise £2500 for Homeless Oxfordshire, which will provide 3 meals and a shower to every homeless person in Oxford City on Christmas Day. We hope you will join us in supporting this very worthwhile endeavour.