Striking a chord! – A Celebration of Music at St Anne’s College, 2 to 9 June

A Celebration of Music at St Anne’s College, 2-9 June 2017 applauds music making within the college.  The series of events also celebrates ten years of having a Director of Music at St Anne’s, during which time Dr John Traill (Director and Stipendiary Lecturer in Music) has built a successful calendar of workshops, recitals, competitions, an extremely successful outreach programme, and founded the St Anne’s Camerata, a unique project for strings modelled on the traditional choral foundations at Oxford.  The Camerata has performed across Oxford, in Birmingham and London, and delivered a residency in Brazil.

A key part of the programme is an alumnae day on Saturday 3 June that features open rehearsals, a choral workshop, lectures by Professor Martyn Harry (Fellow in Music), Dr Alexandra Buckle (Stipendiary Lecturer in Music), and culminates in a pre-dinner concert by Dr Traill and the St Anne’s Camerata, which includes works by St Anne’s composers.

The week-long schedule of recitals and workshops features St Anne’s music students, undergraduate and postgraduate, in varied recitals of song and instrumental music. Featuring Lukas Beck, Hannah McDermott, Pippa Hampton, Matthew Reese, and guest performers Alexander Gebherd and Elizabeth Searle, all events are free, with no prior booking required.

Partnerships are a key part of St Anne’s musical strengths, being one of two Oxford colleges in the Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership, hosting the semi-final of the Oxfordshire Concerto Competition with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, working with MusicPlus, and hosting the Cornish American Song Institute each summer.  During this week-long event, CASI will be presenting three days of workshops with leading song and opera specialists (Teresa Cahill, Roger Vignoles, and Lawrence Brownlee, respectively), generously including students from the St Anne’s Music Society therein, and presenting a final concert featuring all of their 26 students from across the US.

St Anne’s encourages new musical endeavours and is a fervent support of university-wide music making.  Many St Anne’s students continue to hold leading positions with groups such as Schola Cantorum, the Oxford Gargoyles, the Oxford University Orchestra, the Oxford University Sinfonietta, and many more.  Also the home of the Oxford Conducting Institute (founded by Dr John Traill in 2014), St Anne’s students regularly create new ensembles, most recently these include Matthew Reese – Consortium Novum (St Anne’s Senior Conducting Scholar), Joshua Asokan – Ensemble Reis (St Anne’s Junior Conducting Scholar), Harry Baker – Baker’s Dozen (St Anne’s Music Scholar, 2016), and Tegan Eldridge – The Holywell Consort (Music Society President). 

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