On Friday 27 January 2017, the St Anne’s Camerata, conducted by Dr John Traill (Director of Music, St Anne’s College), headlined the M@SH Marathon of Contemporary Music at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building. The project, convened by Professor Martyn Harry (Music Fellow, St Anne’s and St Hilda’s colleges), involved leading Oxford performers and composers, presenting a wide range of musical styles.
The St Anne’s Camerata opened the performance with two works by Arvo Part: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and Psalmus. Matthew Reese (St Anne’s Conducting Scholar) then conducted a memorable performance of Richard English’s Flight. Richard, a second year music student at St Anne’s, also received a second performance later in the programme, in a re-orchestrated version for mixed ensemble. John Traill returned to the podium, leading an energetic rendition of Thomas Hyde’s (St Annes Alum., 96-99) Flip Flops, before soloists performed John’s Dissolving Fragment I for violin and piano.
The highlight of the programme was the Oxford premiere of Professor Martyn Harry’s Seasons Four and Five. The three movements, entitled Autumn Stirs, Come Spring, and The Gardener’s Dance, demonstrated the flare and diverse performing styles of the Camerata.
The concert also featured Bakers Dozen, an innovative contemporary music ensemble, founded and directed by second year St Anne’s music student, Harry Baker.
The St Anne’s Camerata is comprised of professionals, student scholars, and County exhibitioners (modelled on the traditional Oxbridge choral foundations). Featuring a number of St Anne’s students, the performance also featured increased participants from the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra, many of whom – under the baton of Dr Traill – had performed to over 1600 people earlier in the day, in three performances at the Sheldonian Theatre.
Photo taken by Steve Roche.