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Oxford Pro Musica Singers

Oxford Pro Musica Singers

Mixed Choral Chorus from Oxfordshire, England.

The Oxford Pro Musica Singers was founded by Michael Smedley in 1977 as the Oxford Pro Musica Chorus, to sing with the then Oxford Pro Musica Orchestra in major choral works. In its early years the choir performed with some distinguished conductors, including Simon Preston, Christopher Seaman and Jane Glover. It also had a long and happy relationship with Denis Arnold, Professor of Music at Oxford University, who conducted many concerts of his beloved Venetian music. But the choir increasingly performed apart from the orchestra, and in 1985 claimed independence and adopted its current name.

Since that time the choir has performed hundreds of concerts of many types and recorded a number of CDs. Highlights have been the choir's appearances at the Purcell Room, on London's South Bank, in both 1993 and 2003 in concerts celebrating the Queen's Coronation, concerts in St John's, Smith Square and the Queen Elizabeth Hall and a string of concerts in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, performing the finest choral works with professional orchestras. The choir has appeared several times on BBC Radio 3 - twice on 'In Tune' and several times on 'Brian Kay's Sunday Morning', for which programme the choir specially recorded a set of part-songs in honour of Queen Victoria unheard for nearly 100 years. In 2003 the choir provided the chorus for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Benjamin Zander - an unforgettable experience!

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Oxford Pro Musica Singers : Deep River : 00  1 CD :  : 96

Oxford Pro Musica Singers : Deep River

Review: 'Feel the Spirit' is a set of seven arrangements of well-known spirituals, first performed in 2001. It is performed on this recording by the acclaimed jazz singer Jacqueline Dankworth in its chamber-ensemble arrangement. Harvey Brough's 'Walled Garden Suite' for soloist, choir and instrumental quartet was written for Dankworth and first performed on the occasion of the opening of the walled garden at Wingfield Arts in Suffolk. Of the two collections by Bob Chilcott on this CD, 'Fragments from his Dish' is a group of five light-hearted part-songs on the themes of food and drink. The programme concludes with 'The Making of the Drum', settings of words by Barbadian poet Edward Kamau Braithwaite, commissioned from Bob Chilcott by OPMS on the occasion of the choir's twentieth anniversary in 1997. It tells the story of the making of a traditional African drum and is heavily influenced by the style of African tribal music.

Songlist: Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho , Steal Away, I Got A Robe, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child , Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit, Deep River, The Argument, Red Running Rue, To Daffodils, On Himself, Grace-The Clean Platter, The Pie , Harvest In My Crift, Christmas 1666, Whines From The Wood , The Skin, The Barrel Of The Drum, The Two Curved Sticks Of The Drummer , The Gong-Gong

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8384c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 English Choral CDs


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