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Forthcoming Concerts

Our summer concert is at 7:30 pm on Saturday June 20th 2015 at SJE Arts, Iffley Road, Oxford.

Commotio returns to SJE Arts with a sensational programme of celebration and commemoration in equal measure.
True to its aim to bring to the fore works of emerging composers and perform the unjustly neglected works of better known composers,
Commotio has searched high and low for the very best contemporary repertoire.

Celebrating the recent wedding of our director, Matthew Berry, the choir will repeat their performance of Rutter's Choral Fanfare, which Matthew and his new wife chose for their happy day.
McDowall's A red, red rose is a beautiful setting of the well-loved Scottish poem, written for her niece's wedding.
Stucky's setting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnet was written to celebrate the New York Virtuoso Singers' 25th anniversary. We hope to give a suitably virtuosic performance!

Continuing the commemoration of the First World War centenary years, Commotio will sing Bednall's Three Songs of Remembrance, recorded in SJE last year by fellow Oxford choir, Sospiri.
John Duggan has also written two settings of First World War poetry for women's and men's voices respectively, to receive their World Premiere at this concert.

Holten's Pavane-Fantasia combines themes by Gibbons, a Shakespeare sonnet and a host of other musical references within this astounding work.
Both the Holten, and Runestad's vocalised piece Nyon nyon, have set new challenges for the choir in terms of vocal techniques which sound similarly avant garde, despite Holten's piece being written nearly 40 years ago!

The programme comprises:

Bo Holten: Pavane-Fantasia
David Bednall: Three Songs of Remembrance
Herbert Howells: The Shadows
Jake Runestad: Nyon nyon
Steven Stucky: Say thou dost love me
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: The tide rises, the tide falls
Cecilia McDowall: A red, red rose
John Rutter: Choral Fanfare
John Duggan: As the Rain

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