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Sat 15th Dec at 7:30pm
@ Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham
Also appearing: The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra
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Cheltenham Concert Series: James Burton, The Oxford Philomusica Orchestra
This is probably the first time Messiah has featured in the Cheltenham Concert Series. Using texts from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible chosen by Charles Jennens, Handel's most famous oratorio was originally intended as a thought-provoking work for Lent and Easter, but it is now indisputably linked with the Christmas season.
Oxford Philomusica, founded over a decade ago by Mario Papadopoulos, has quickly gained a reputation for excellence. Tonight it is joined by an equally august ensemble, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, which celebrated its golden jubilee in 2010 and counts Emma Kirkby, Ian Bostridge and Jane Glover amongst its alumni. The performance is conducted by James Burton, Schola Cantorum's music director and one of Britain's leading choir directors.
"After hearing such a magnificent performance...I would certainly regard Oxford Philomusica as Premier League" - Gloucestershire Echo
"Schola Cantorum under James Burton radiates in performances that could not be bettered." - Gramophone
James Burton is responsible for the famous guitar solo on Dale Hawkin's 'Suzie Q'. He has collaborated and recorded with Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, Buffalo Springfield and John Denver.
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The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in the UK. Praised as "excellent" by Gramophone Magazine and ˜thoroughly impressive" by BBC Music Magazine, the Orchestra's reputation is based on the uncompromising artistic standards of its founder and Music Director, Marios Papadopoulos, and maintained by some of the finest musicians in the UK.
Established in 1998 and formerly known as Oxford Philomusica, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra occupies a unique position within the UK orchestral landscape. As an orchestra of the highest quality, the Oxford Philharmonic attracts some of the world's greatest artists to appear in its series at Christopher Wren's Sheldonian Theatre, including Sir Andras Schiff, Valery Gergiev, Lang Lang, Maria-Joao Pires, Renee Fleming, Pinchas Zukerman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Nigel Kennedy.
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Venue: Cheltenham Town Hall
Bookings: 0844 576 2210
Disabled Bookings: 0844 576 2210