AUDITIONS Commotio is auditioning for new singers (all voice parts) on 10th June 2017. If you are interested please contact the conductor Matt Berry on firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1999, the Oxford-based 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.
"I defy anyone to sing better than Commotio!" (Bob Chilcott, Composer)
Next concert - 10th June 2017 19:30, St John the Evangelist,109A Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EH
In association with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) 'Oxford Swift City'
Commotio is teaming up with RSPB to promote Oxford Swift Project in a Summer celebration of all things avian. We are pleased to welcome back Chloe Martindale, pianist, to perform excerpts from Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux and Petites Esquisses d'oiseaux. Messiaen became fascinated by birdsong in his later years, using astonishingly accurate notation of birdsong within these pieces.
Commotio will perform choral pieces inspired by birds, including lesser known works by Stanford, Ravel and Hindemith. Jonathan Dove's 'Who Killed Cock Robin' provides a lively and humorous setting of a well-loved children's rhyme, whilst Paynter's setting of 'Windhover' evokes both the flight of the kestrel, and the deep spirituality of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poetry.
RSPB will be on hand to promote the work they are doing with local partners to improve the breeding prospects and habitat for swifts in Oxford. Oxford Swift City Project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and will run from 2017- 2018. Further events about Oxford Swift City Project will be included in Oxford Festival of Nature.