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Opportunities to hear the New Oxford Consort

The New Oxford Consort’s next concerts, on 28th November and 1st December, provide a great chance to hear the group who recently launched a collaboration with Tashmina Artist Louise Thomson (harp).

Louise and the New Oxford Consort are offering an enticing programme of music for upper voices and harp, entitled “Eastern Pictures”, featuring in particular the music of Gustav and Imogen Holst. Their programme showcases the broad range of excellent music that is available to the combination of upper-voice choir and harp, with works including Gustav Holst’s ‘Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda’.

Wonderful Programme of Music for Eight Upper Voices and Harp

The brand-new collaboration between Louise Thomson and the New Oxford Consort is offering an enticing programme for future bookings, entitled “Eastern Pictures”, for upper voices and harp.

The title of the programme is taken from Gustav Holst’s work of the same name, and refers more broadly to his intense interest, during the early years of the 20th century, in the ancient religious literature and poetry of India. During this period he penned several works for the combination of voices and harp, and three of them feature in this programme.

Harpist Louise Thomson joins forces with up-and-coming vocal ensemble, the New Oxford Consort

Harpist Louise Thomson is joining forces with the fabulous up-and-coming vocal ensemble, the New Oxford Consort.

This exciting new collaboration, born out of a shared enthusiasm for the lesser-known and rarely-performed repertoire for choir and harp, and for the wonderful, rich and varied programmes of music it offers, can now be booked for 2020, 2020-21 and, indeed, the seasons beyond.

The singers are all young professionals in the early stages of their singing careers, including alumni choral scholars of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Royal Holloway and Manchester universities, as well as London conservatoires. Members of the group have sung with the Tallis Scholars, Tenebrae, BBC Singers, SANSARA, I Fagiolini, Siglo de Oro, Genesis Sixteen, echo choir, Carice Singers, and the choirs of Merton, Queen’s, Christ Church and New Colleges, Oxford. The New Oxford Consort is directed by its founder, Freddie Crowley, a recent Music graduate of Merton College, Oxford.

“[The New Oxford Consort’s debut concert] was a great occasion, for all sorts of reasons. I much admired the shaping of the programme, the quality of the performance and the exciting promise which the evening showed – both in terms of the Consort as a whole, and Freddie’s abilities as its director and guiding spirit… It was a truly memorable evening.” Dame Janet Ritterman

"Eastern Pictures"

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Louise Thomson (harp) and the Corvus Consort (vocal ensemble)

Josef Rheinberger - Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
Gustav Holst - Two Eastern Pictures
Choir only - details to be agreed at the time of booking
Fisher Tull - Two Poems
Franz Schubert - Ave Maria
Dalwyn Henshall - Adagio Cantabile, from Three Welsh Dances (solo harp)
Imogen Holst - Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow
Gustav Holst - Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda (Third Group)
Marcel Grandjany - Rhapsodie (solo harp)
Gabriel Fauré - Pie Jesu, from Requiem in D minor, op. 48
Patrick Hadley - I Sing of a Maiden
Choir only - details to be agreed at the time of booking.
Gustav Holst - Dirge and Hymeneal
Franz Schubert - Psalm 23
Benjamin Britten, arr. Freddie Crowley - A New Year Carol
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