aurora borealis/St Catherine's College, Oxford
25 February 2020
St Catherine's College, Oxford
A concert in celebration of international women’s day and the appointment of Professor Kersti Börjars as St Catherine’s first female Master. The concert will feature Louise Farrenc’s (1804–1875) wonderful and rarely heard Nonet in Eb, a saxophone quartet by Ida Gotkovsky (b. 1933) with guest saxophonist, Dr Angela Space, and new work for the occasion by Carol J Jones (current Catz DPhil composer). It will open with a short lecture by Dr Joanna Bullivant, ‘BBC Music Magazine’s “Composer World Cup”: Assessing Women Composers’ Achievements’.
the singing tree/Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
15 May - 30 September 2020
Kew Gardens, London
Collaboration with Alex Metcalf from the Tree Listening Project and Royal Botantic Gardens, Kew, 'the singing tree' is part of the biggest installation ever at Royal Botantic Gardens, Kew. The installation will feature fifty headphones where the public can listen to sounds from inside trees, animals that live in the trees and what those sounds would sound like in music.
the light thief/Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
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.