Founded in the year 2000, the Oxford Chamber Music Festival hosts a series of concerts focussing on classical and chamber music. The performances take place at 3 venues (the Sheldonian, Holywell Music Room and SJE Arts). Artists include percussionist Evelyn Glennie and Hugo Ticciati’s orchestra who perform the opening night at the Sheldonian. The closing night will see Matthew Barley backed with Indian musicians performing a series of classical numbers alongside pieces inspired by 60s rock pioneers the Beatles. The theme for 2017 is Fata Morgana, with the emphasis on the mirage, playing with illusion and reality.
Wherever you are staying in Oxford most visitors choose to get around the city on foot. Getting to Oxford is easily accessible by train, which is just over an hour journey from London. If you are from oversees again London airports are in easy reach, although Birmingham International is closer. Concerts take place in the evening at various times, as well as there being lunch time shows available. Ticket prices vary, a 10% discount is available when purchasing 4 or more events, or buy a “Friends, Angels and Patrons” ticket for £100 which gives you unlimited access to the whole festival.
Whether you are attending the duration or just after a show while you are in Oxford, then opening concert with the world-famous Evelyne Glennie is a must. If you’re after something a little more unusual the Matthew Barley performance may be of interest. Keep an eye out too for concerts involving local musician and festival organiser Priya Mitchell. If you’re on a family trip, then the lunch time concerts may be the more practical for young children. During the day on the 27th youngster will find inspiration in performances from local schools and colleges.
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Join a guided tour of the prestigious Oxford University or take a walk through the beautiful grounds. The University Museum of Natural History also includes The Pitt Rivers Museum, both worth a visit. One of the oldest public libraries in the world, in The Bodleian Library, or take in historic architecture all around the city.
To find out about the festival, including: the festival theme, a list of artists and venues, videos, photos and audio footage of previous events, information on the Players’ Network, news and more visit the Oxford Chamber Music Festival Website.
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