The Oxford 'Early Music by Candlelight' Summer Festival 2021

7.30pm 25 July — 29 August 2021

Exeter College Chapel, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP

Charivari Agréable's annual summer festival is the highlight of Oxford's cultural cornucopia


'Every series consists of 7 or so different programmes, repeated several times each. Ng picks pieces to fit a theme, and then chooses ensembles from among his enormous pool of talented musicians, with readings or introductions which tie the pieces together. They're laid back and professional, irreverent yet learned, and make for an evening that's both calm and stimulating. It is a pleasing irony that these concerts are Oxford institutions, organised by someone with such an international background: Ng was born in Malaysia and came to Oxford by way of Melbourne and Frankfurt.' — Daily Info Oxford

Start at 7:30pm, finish by 9pm

Ravish’d by Magic

Sunday 25 July & 29 Aug.

A Baroque Whirlwind

Fri. 30 July & Sun. 15 Aug.

Bachs Bibliothek

Sun. 1 Aug. & Fri. 20 August

Tripla Concordia

Sun. 8 Aug. & Fri. 27 August

In Guilty Night

Sunday 22 August 2021



Ravish'd by Magic

Superstition—Necromancy—Witchcraft—Divination


The astonishing life of the wizard polymath Dr John Dee,

with sonnets, speeches, and extracts from William Shakespeare's

Macbeth and The Tempest, as well as anecdotes from the time of

Elizabeth I and James I

Music by Byrd, Dowland, Morley, Simpson, Van Eyck,

incl. our distinctive interpretation of the ancient ballad 'The Three Ravens'


Charivari Agréable

Isobel Collyer—reader & soprano

Layil Barr—recorders & bass viol

Kah-Ming Ng—virginals




A Baroque Whirlwind

Baroque Wind Masterpieces encountered on a whirlwind tour of Europe

Couperin—Chédeville—Fasch—Quantz—Telemann—Vivaldi


Charivari Agréable

Mafalda Ramos—recorder & baroque flute

Andrés Villalobos—baroque oboe

William Gough—baroque bassoon

Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord




Tripla Concordia

The Musical Trinity of the High Baroque, b.1685


J.S. Bach: Cello suite #3; Violin sonatas in e & G

G.F. Handel: Violin sonatas in A & E

D. Scarlatti: Harpsichord sonata K.492 & Violin sonata K.89


Charivari Agréable

Oliver Cave—baroque violin

Sophie Haynes—baroque cello

Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord





Bachs Bibliothek

Johann Sebastian Bach as an avid collector of music


Böhm–Buxtehude–Couperin–D’Anglebert–Frescobaldi–Froberger–Vivaldi

featuring Pachelbel's 'St Sebald Variations' from the Hexachordum Apollinis


A candlelit harpsichord recital by Kah-Ming Ng


'Dazzling display of keyboard prowess'—The Independent 

'Undoubted technical virtuosity and intellectual grasp'—Early Music News






In Guilty Night

Sacred songs, psalms, motets and anthems


Henry Purcell: Saul and the Witch of Endor

George Frideric Handel: Author of Peace (from Saul)

Dieterich Buxtehude: In te Domine speravi BuxWV 53

Claudio Monteverdi: Lauda Jerusalem; Laudate Dominum

William Lawes: Cast me not, Lord, out from thy face

Matthew Locke: In the beginning

Thomas Tomkins: De profundis


Charivari Agréable

Olwen Lintern-Smyth—soprano

James Armitage—countertenor

Michael Hickman—bass

Richard MacKenzie—archlute

dir. Kah-Ming Ng—chamber organ