The Faculty of Music is delighted to welcome back the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Contrapunctus in a programme specifically designed for the magnificent Sheldonian Theatre. This year is the tercentenary of the Treaty of Utrecht, which marked the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. This momentous event for the whole of Europe was celebrated in England at thanksgiving services in St Paul’s Cathedral and in Oxford where the peace was marked by the performance on 10 July 1713 – at the ‘Oxford Act’ (a ceremony of which the surviving part is Encaenia) in the Sheldonian. Croft’s splendid works, which were written for the occasion and which are performed in this programme, have suffered undue neglect: this concert provides the rare opportunity to hear them in the space in which they were first performed three hundred years ago. The concert also includes Handel’s famous Utrecht Te Deum and the Ode on the Birthday of Queen Anne (‘Eternal source of light divine’), which likewise celebrates the achievement of peace. The OAE and Contrapunctus are joined by the Choir of The Queen’s College.
A pre-concert talk will take place at 6.30pm, given by Professor Susan Wollenberg, which is free to ticket holders.
Tickets are still available here.
G. F. Handel Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (HWV 74)
William Croft Ode Laurus cruentas
William Croft Ode for the Peace of Utrecht, With Noise of Cannon
G. F. Handel Te Deum for the Peace of Utrecht (HWV 278)
Directed by Dr Owen Rees