The Oxford Early Music Festival 2018


'Early Music by Candlelight' Summer Festival 

8 July—17 August 2018, 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

Sunday 15 July, Wednesday 25 July, Friday 3 August, Wednesday 15 August

Cloaked in Secrecy
Subterfuge, scandals, and seafaring shenanigans. 

A riveting narrative of words and music to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh with works from the Golden Age of England & Spain (incl. Byrd, Cabezon, Campion, Dowland, Farnaby & Ortiz), and featuring Elizabeth I's iconic Tilbury speech as well as the sonnets and speeches of Shakespeare.

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

£19, £17 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Tuesday 17 July, Friday 27 July, Friday 10 August

Attend unto my Teares
Salve for the Soul

A. Lotti: Requiem
A. Scarlatti: Salve Regina
H. Purcell: Man that is born of a Woman
M. Greene: Lord, let me know mine end
J.E. Bach: De profundis
J. Bull: Attend unto my teares

Charivari Agréable
Olwen Lintern-Smyth—soprano
James Potter—countertenor
Alistair Walker—tenor
Michael Hickman—bass
Kah-Ming Ng—chamber organ

£21, £19 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Sunday 8 July, Fri
day 20 July, Tuesday 7 August

Tripla Concordia
The 333rd anniversary of the musical trinity of the Baroque

Bach: Cello suite #3; Violin sonatas in e BWV 1023 & G BWV1021
Handel: Violin sonatas in A HWV631 & E HWV373
Scarlatti: Violin sonata in d K.89

Charivari Agréable 
Oliver Cave—baroque violin
Sophie Haynes—baroque violoncello
Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

£19, £17 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Wednesday 18 July, Tuesday 31 July, Wednesday 8 August

Harmonia Sacra
Sacred Music by Antonio Vivaldi for alto & strings
with church sonatas by his Venetian predecessors

Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, Filiae maestate Jerusalem & Vestro principo divino
Sonate da chiesa by Albinoni, Caldara & Legrenzi

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

£21, £19 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Wednesday 11 July, Sunday 29 July, Tuesday 14 August

To Temper Tyrants
Elegant Music for Enlightened Despots

Intimate chamber music to soothe the autocratic whims of music-loving benevolent despots of the Age of Enlightenment, incl. Louis XV, Frederick the Great, the Elector of Saxony Frederick August 'the Strong’, and Emperor Leopold I. Composers featured include Telemann, CPE Bach, Quantz, Couperin, featuring Jean-Fery Rebel’s programmatic Les Élémens.

Charivari Agréable
Dan Watts—baroque flute
May Robertson—baroque violin
Martin Clark—baroque bassoon
Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

£19, £17 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Tuesday 10 July, Sunday 5 August, Friday 17 August

The King’s Noise
Virtuosic wind music for the royal and ducal courts of baroque Europe


Charivari Agréable
Leo Duarte—baroque oboe
Laszlo Rozsa—recorder
Joe Qiu—baroque bassoon
Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

£19, £17 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)


Friday 13 July, Tuesday 24 July, Sunday 12 August

Friends & Foes
Keyboardists in Conflict

A candlelit harpsichord recital by Kah-Ming Ng, who will retail amusing anecdotes of Bach vs Marchand; Handel vs Scarlatti; Handel vs Mattheson; Gabrieli vs Merulo; as well as ‘no chance’ Finger, and ‘no contest’ Pachelbel.

Kah-Ming Ng
'dazzling display of keyboard prowess'—The Independent

£16, £15 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Festival Diary 2018

Exeter Chapel Interior

The Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford University

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