Oxford’s Music Faculty has a long and distinguished track record as a centre for outstanding performers. That this is a continuing living tradition can been seen in the current activities of Faculty members whose achievements are celebrated nationally and internationally both on disc and in the concert hall. In the field of choral conducting, they include: Stephen Darlington (director of Christ Church Catherdral Choir), Robert Quinney (Director of New College Choir) Owen Rees (Director of The Queen’s College Choir and the early-music vocal ensemble Contrapunctus) and Daniel Hyde (Director of Magdalen College Choir, and concert organist and accompanist); in the field of early-music performance, Michael Burden (Director of New Chamber Opera).
The Faculty works closely with a number of professional ensembles, notably the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), to expand its existing performance-led research activity. The Faculty hosts a large AHRC-funded five year research project (2016-21) entitled Transforming C19th Historically Informed Practice (TCHIP), led by Claire Holden with the Royal Academy of Music and the OAE as partners; and was host (2009-14) to a project entitled Creative Practice in Contemporary Concert Music (CPCCM), led by Eric Clarke as part of the AHRC-funded Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP). Other collaborative projects (with OAE) have included the first modern production since the 18th century of Rameau’s Anacréon directed by Dr Jonathan Williams, Director of Music at St Hilda’s College, from his own edition of the score completed as part of his Oxford DPhil, and published by Bärenreiter in the Complete Rameau Edition; of Zaïs at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; and of Rameau’s Dardanus, with English Touring Opera.