The Oxford Early Music Festival


'Early Music by Candlelight' Summer Festival 

9 July—18 August 2017, 8.00pm
Exeter College Chapel, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP

Charivari Agréable's annual summer festival — of over twenty intimate candlelit concerts — is the highlight of Oxford's cultural cornucopia.


Tickets at the door or from the Oxford Playhouse Tel: 01865-305305
For group concessions (15% discount for 10 or more) please email us directly.

"Every series consists of 7 or so different concerts, repeated a couple of times each. Ng picks pieces to fit a theme, and then chooses ensembles from among his enormous list of talented musicians, with readings or introductions which tie the pieces together. They're laid back and professional, irreverent and learned, and make for an evening that's both calm and stimulating. It is a pleasing irony that these concerts are Oxford institutions, organised by someone with such an international background: Ng was born in Malaysia and came to Oxford by way of Melbourne and Frankfurt.” — Daily Info Oxford 2017

Friday 14 July, Sunday 23 July, Friday 4 August, Tuesday 15 August

Game of Queens

The extraordinary story of the 16th-century female monarchs, consorts, and regents who wielded power in England, Scotland, and France, and the complex relations between these 3 kingdoms.

Daughters, wives and mothers of Kings, this ‘monstrous regiment of women’ found themselves carving out new roles as rulers and diplomats in a world fractured by the Reformation into powerful religious and dynastic factions.

A riveting narrative illustrated by Music by Attaignant, Arbeau, Bataille, Caccini, Dowland and Guedron, readings from contemporary correspondence, as well as the sonnets and speeches of Shakespeare.

Charivari Agréable
Isobel Collyer—reader & soprano
Layil Barr—recorders & viol
Kah-Ming Ng—virginals

£18, £16 (seniors), £12 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Sunday 16 July, Tuesday 25 July, Friday 18 August

Two Daughters and an Aged Stream

Sacred and Secular Songs for Sopranos

Monteverdi: Salve regina (from Selva morale); Venite sitientes (Concerti ecclesiastici 1624); Pur ti miro (Coronation of Poppea); Pulchra es (from the Vespers of 1610)

Handel: Italian love duets HWV 189 & HWV 192

Couperin: Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres

Purcell: Two Daughters of this Aged Stream (King Arthur)

Charivari Agréable
Olwen Turchetta—soprano
Karen Braden—soprano (16/7 & 18/8)
Charlotte Elkins—soprano (25/7)
Aileen Henry—baroque triple harp
Richard MacKenzie—archlute
Kah-Ming Ng—chamber organ

£20, £18 (seniors), £12 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Tuesday 11 July, Tuesday 1 August, Tuesday 8 August

Capriccio Veneziano

Antonio Vivaldi’s musical heritage.  Virtuosic violin trio sonatas by Albinoni, Castello, Cavalli, Gabrieli, Legrenzi, and Lotti … featuring Vivaldi’s wildly characterful variations on La Folia

Charivari Agréable 
Oliver Cave—baroque violin
Sam Kennedy—baroque violin & viola
Lucia Capallero—baroque violoncello
Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

£18, £16 (seniors), £12 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Friday 21 July, Wednesday 2 August, Friday 11 August

The Songbird Ascending
Sacred Music from Venice to Vienna
for alto & orchestra

A. Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus
N. Porpora: Avis Canora in frondbe
C. Monteverdi: Salve Regina
Sonate da chiesa by Albinoni & Legenzi

Charivari Agréable
Roderick Morris—countertenor
Sam Kennedy—baroque violin 
Edmund Taylor—baroque violin
Kah-Ming Ng—chamber organ

£20, £18 (seniors), £12 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Wednesday 19 July & Wednesday 26 July. [Sunday 13 August cancelled]

Match made in Melody

The enduring friendship between the two giants of the high baroque G.Ph. Telemann and G.F. Handel.
A Telemann 250th anniversary special programme which includes sonatas, concertos and quartets from Telemann’s Tafelmusik  and Paris Quartets, and a suite from Handel’s Water Music 

Charivari Agréable
Dan Watts—baroque flute
May Robertson—baroque violin
Kate Conway—viola da gamba
Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

£18, £16 (seniors), £12 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC) 

Sunday 9 July, Sunday 30 July, Wednesday 9 August

The Musical Gems of Saxony

Dresden, the capital of Saxony, as the musical nexus for headhunting, networking, and creative disruption.

Charivari Agréable
Leo Duarte—baroque oboe
James Toll—baroque violin
Martin Clarke—baroque bassoon
Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

£18, £16 (seniors), £12 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)


Tuesday 18 July, Friday 28 July, Wednesday 16 August    

Bach, Beer & Brandy
The Impulsive Harpsichord

Bach’s fondness for a tipple, Couperin’s descriptions of bacchic Versailles, Weelkes’ alcohol abuse, all washed down with copious lashings of drinking song variations by Buxtehude and Sweelinck.

A candlelit harpsichord recital by
Kah-Ming Ng
'dazzling display of keyboard prowess'—The Independent

£15, £14 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC) 

Calendar Summer Festival 2017

Exeter Chapel Interior

The Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford University

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