Leading performers of contemporary choral music in Oxford
Founded in 1999 and based in Oxford, the chamber choir Commotio performs contemporary choral music primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries showcasing works by younger or lesser-known composers. The choir is particularly recognised for its fine tuning, attention to detail and challenging repertoire. The name Commotio derives from the Latin for movement/excitement.
Interested in joining? Contact us to arrange an audition (all voice parts considered)
"I defy anyone to sing better than Commotio!" (Bob Chilcott, Composer)
Next Concert - Saturday 26th March 2022, 19:30 Keble College Chapel, 16 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PG Guest Director: Sarah Tenant-Flowers
Peter Klatzow - Three Spiritual Nocturnes Carlo Gesualdo - O vos omnes Ildebrando Pizzetti - Messa di Requiem Humphrey Clucas - Crucifixus Peter Warlock - Corpus Christi Carol Edmund Rubbra - Tenebrae Motets: Third Nocturne Thomas Adès - Fayrfax Carol Alissa Firsova - Stabat Mater
In the field of choral conducting Sarah Tenant-Flowers is an internationally recognised performer and teacher. The versatile array of both professional and amateur groups with which she has worked includes the Hilliard Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, Cape Town Philharmonic Choir, the Kantorei der Friedenskirche Düsseldorf, English Baroque Choir, Reading Bach Choir, Harlow Chorus, and the chamber and symphony choirs of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As guest chorusmaster she has prepared numerous choirs including the BBC Symphony Chorus for Proms performances under Andrew Davis and Ed Gardner and directs the Dubai Opera Festival Chorus which made its debut at the 2019 BBC Proms Dubai singing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Sarah regularly works with CBSO’s community choir SOVocal and the chamber choir VoxCantab, in addition to directing north Oxfordshire’s chamber choir NC3 and co-directing Encoro.
Sarah was formerly General Manager of The Sixteen and a founder Director of the Association of British Choral Directors. In huge demand as a teacher Sarah tutors worldwide as well as for Trinity, Jesus and Hertford Colleges in Oxford, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Sing for Pleasure, of which she is a Trustee, and the Association of British Choral Directors. She featured as conducting mentor to actor Bradley Walsh on BBC2’s popular TV series ‘Maestro’ and is a choral conducting tutor for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s women conductors programme.
As a singer Sarah performs throughout the UK with leading professional female consort Papagena whose Christmas album The Darkest Midnight topped the 2018 download charts. Recent concerts have included performances at the Edinburgh, Christchurch and Three Choirs festivals and collaborations with the Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford and Birmingham. Its third album Hush! was released on the SOMM label in February 2020. www.papagena.co.uk