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Festival of English Music

South Oxfordshire


Dorchester Abbey, High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

Tel: 07808 473 889

Festival of English Music


The annual Festival of English Music celebrates the brilliance, innovation, beauty and rich musical heritage of English music with a strong focus on the early to mid-twentieth century.

Launching the festival at Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire this year will be the BBC Concert Orchestra under conductor Martin Yates to perform World Premières by Vaughan Williams, Lord Berners, Stanford and Robin Milford.

Gems of the English choral repertoire are represented in programmes featuring works by Charles Wood, Stanford, John Ireland, Howells, Parry and Vaughan Williams, Dyson, Finzi, Holst and Howells, performed by the Chapel Choir of Worcester College, Oxford and the Godwine Choir under Hilary Davan Wetton.

Intimate chamber recitals featuring works of transformative beauty include major song cycles by Herbert Howells, John Ireland, Gerald Finzi and Ian Venables, which will be performed by Indian tenor, Anando Mukerjee. Taking a step back in time, soprano Sara Stowe with Sam Brown and Matthew Spring present songs and duets from the seventeenth-century by John Dowland and John Daniel performed on lute and viola da gamba. Piano-Duet, Lynn Arnold and Charles Matthews, perform York Bowen, William Alwyn, Delius, Bliss and Donald Tovey, and the powerhouse Piatti Quartet, prizewinner of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, perform Elgar, Walton, Britten and Bridge. In lighter vein, EMF regulars, the New Foxtrot Serenaders, perform from The Great British Songbook of the 1920's to the 60's. Contemporary works by Nimrod Borenstein and new works composed by David Matthews and EMF regular, Paul Carr, which tie-in with his Première recording with the English Arts Chorale, have also been announced.

The Chamber Ensemble of London under Director, Peter Fisher bring the festival to a close with characteristic string works by Bainton, Delius, Alwyn, Ireland, Finzi and Vaughan Williams.

Concerts continue throughout the day and take place at Dorchester Abbey, Radley College and Sutton Courtenay Church. A convenient mini-bus transfer operates between venues and Didcot Parkway station and accommodation is provided in the village. See website for further details.


Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (24 May 2019 - 27 May 2019)
Friday - Monday19:30 - 21:00

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