'The Secret World of Plants' / Olga Stezhko, Ligeti Quartet / Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
1 May - 19 September 2021
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Think trees don't make a sound? Think again.
Stand beneath one of the suspended sound domes along our Syon Vista and listen to the inner workings as water moves up through the trees.
Four majestic oaks will have sound domes suspended in their branches offering a variety of tree noises and specially commissioned classical music composed by Carol J Jones, giving visitors a unique insight into the movements of a tree throughout the day.
'all shall be well' / NYCoS / Edinburgh, Scotland
19 April 2020
Central Hall, Edinburgh
Volume 2 - Upper Voices Anthems - 'The Blue Book' will be launched in April 2020 with a celebratory concert on Saturday 18th April to be given by NYCoS National Girls Choir and Training Choir, directed by Christopher Bell, in the Central Halls, Edinburgh, at 3pm at which works by Amy Bebbington, Elizabeth Poston, Hilary Campbell, Gemma McGregor, Margie Harrison, Olivia Sparkhall, Carol J Jones, Morfydd Owen and Joanna Forbes L'Estrange, will be performed.
'the light thief' / Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra / Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
19 June 2020
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
There is no voice on earth quite like Sir Byrn Terfel’s. Here, the bass-baritone joins the Orchestra for some the most monumental moments in Wagner, and roles the Welsh singer has made his own the world over. Before we hear such intense and multifaceted drama from Der Ring des Nibelungen and Die Meistersinger, our own Solo Oboe Clara Dent plays the Oboe Concerto by Wagner’s acolyte Richard Strauss, after Assistant Conductor Hannah Schneider conducts the first performance of a new work by Carol J Jones, joint winner of our 2019 Composers' Workshop.
'one more breath' / German Choir of London / Premiere
9 April 2021
During lockdown the choir was sadly unable to meet in person to rehearse but we used the time well and met regularly online. Our Musical Director Barbara Höfling developed creative concepts for us to keep singing. We first learned several pieces virtually and each member of the choir recorded their voice individually. Our Musical Director then put all voices together, creating a wonderful virtual choir!
This virtual concert lets us showcase what we have been working on in the past year. It will also feature Barbara Höfling talking you through the evening and interviewing the composer Ben See. Ben was part of our fantastic Corona Commissions project, which helped composers whose livelihoods were at risk in the Covid-19 crisis.
You will see videos and hear recordings of excerpts of Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat major and some pieces by smaller ensembles from within the choir, as well as several of our Corona Commissions, by Ben See, Luke Styles, Sarah Rimkus, Ian Stephens, Michael Cryne, Jenni Watson, Carol J Jones and Donna McKevitt. You will also see our Voices against Violence video, in which we take a stand against domestic violence, and our lockdown version of Rheinberger’s Abendlied, which was shortlisted for best virtual concert video by Making Music!
'the waggle dance' / Ensemble ISIS / Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building, Oxford
7 May 2021
Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford
Join Ensemble ISIS for their first concert of the year, streamed live from the JdP, which will focus on works by British composer Howard Skempton, alongside works by Oxford graduate composers Thomas Metcalf and Carol Jones.
The concert is free and open to all. Details of how to watch the live stream will be available closer to the event.
'chrysalis' / Oxford Alternative Orchestra / Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building, Oxford
Digital Premiere May 8th 2020
Choreography: Ruth Brill
Artistic Direction: Hannah Schneider
Music: Carol J Jones
Production: Four Eyes Production
Dancers: Brandon Lawrence
Orchestra: Oxford Alternative Orchestra
CHRYSALIS is a series of six videos exploring the idea that a particular kind of metamorphosis, transformation, and hope is only possible in a place of darkness. Each piece is a fusion of the media of dance, film, and classical music, featuring a piece of new choreography set to new compositions recorded by the Oxford Alternative Orchestra (OAO).
The project features the musicians of OAO in the UK, and six award-winning choreographers in different locations around the world: Burkina Faso, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, and New Zealand. Each choreographer explores unique interpretations of hope that have been illuminated, and even enhanced, by the darkness of the global pandemic we are all still experiencing.
CHRYSALIS also features five new compositions from award-winning composers, commissioned for this project, as well a new arrangement of Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’.
The films will be edited together with footage of the orchestra to create a cohesive piece of visual art designed for the screen which offers an insight into how orchestral and dance performance can be adapted in a time of social distancing.