The Oxford Early Music Festival


'Early Music by Candlelight' Summer Festival 

8 July—17 August 2016, 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.

Wednesday 13 July, Tuesday 26 July, Sunday 7 August & Tuesday 16 August

My Ladye Loves

Elizabeth I & her suitors, via contemporary anecdotes and readings from Shakespeare’s Sonnets, with songs & instrumental pieces from the Golden Age of England & Spain by Byrd, Dowland, Campion, Ortiz, Farnaby, etc.

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

£17, £15 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Sunday 17 July, Wednesday 27 July & Sunday 14 August

Guilty Night

Sacred Songs, Motets, and Anthems from 17th-century Europe

H. Purcell: Saul and the Witch of Endor, in guilty night
G.F. Handel: Author of Peace (from Saul)
D. Buxtehude: In te Domine speravi BuxWV 53
C. Monteverdi: Lauda Jerusalem; Laudate Dominum omnes gentes

Charivari Agréable
Olwen Turchetta—soprano
James Potter / James Armitage—countertenor
Michael Hickman—bass
Richard MacKenzie—theorbo/archlute
Kah-Ming Ng—chamber organ

£18, £16 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Friday 15 July, Friday 29 July & Friday 12 August

Le Roi Danse

Dance music inspired by the “inventor” of ballet, the Sun King Louis XIV and his 'surintendant de la musique' Jean-Baptiste Lully.

J.-B. Lully: Chaconne de Phaeton
L. Couperin: Pavan in F-sharp minor
H. Purcell: Chacony in G minor
G.F. Handel: Passacaille in G op. 5/4
D. Buxtehude: Passacaglia in C
J.J. Fux: Ciaconna
Rameau: Contredanse & Tambourin

Charivari Agréable Simfonie
The resident period-instrument orchestra of Oxford

Miranda Walton & Sam Kennedy—baroque violins
Cecile Ross—baroque viola
Judith Dallosso—baroque cello
dir. Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

£17, £15 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Friday 8 July, Friday 22 July & Tuesday 2 August

Salve Regina
Virtruosic and poignant settings of the Marian antiphon Salve Regina for alto & orchestra; also an exuberant motet by Buxtehude, and some beautiful church sonatas.

G.F. Handel: Salve Regina
N. Porpora: Salve Regina
C. Monteverdi: Salve Regina
D. Buxtehude: Jubilate Domino BuxWV 68

Sonate da chiesa by A. Vivaldi & A. Corelli

Charivari Agréable
Roderick Morris—countertenor
Ben Sansom—baroque violin 
Anne Marie Christensen—baroque violin
Kate Conway—viola da gamba
Kah-Ming Ng—chamber organ

£18, £16 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)

Wednesday 20 July, Wednesday 3 August & Wednesday 17 August

A Musical Offering

JS Bach: Trio in C minor from Das Musicalische Opfer
JS Bach: Trio in G major BWV 1038
CPE Bach: Trio in A major Wq 146
JJ Quantz: Trio in C minor
G.Ph. Telemann: Trio from Tafelmusik

Charivari Agréable
Dan Watts—baroque flute
Oliver Cave—baroque violin
Lucia Capellaro—baroque cello
Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

£17, £15 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC) 

Tuesday 12 July & Wednesday 10 August

Dulcet Fifes

Exquisite woodwind masterpieces encountered on 
a Grand Tour of Europe
works by Bach, Couperin, Telemann, & Vivaldi.

Charivari Agréable
Nicola Barbagli—baroque oboe & voice flute
Mafalda Ramos—recorder & baroque flute
Martin Clarke—baroque bassoon
Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

£17, £15 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC)


Tuesday 19 July, Sunday 31 July & Tuesday 9 August

Caprices & Fancies
The Impulsive Harpsichord

J.S. Bach: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue
J.C. Kerll: Capriccio Cucu
G. Muffat: Capriccio Desperato
G.Ph. Telemann: Fantasia in A minor
L. Couperin: Prélude non mesuré & Chaconne in G minor
J.-J. Froberger: Lamentation
G. Frescobaldi: Toccata IX
G.F. Handel: Capriccio & Fantasia

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

£14, £12 (seniors), £10 (full-time students with NUS/ISIC) 

Exeter Chapel Interior

The Chapel of Exeter College, Oxford University

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