The Oxford 'Early Music by Candlelight' Summer Festival 2024

7.30pm 7 July — 25 August 2024

Exeter College Chapel, Turl Street, Oxford University OX1 3DP

New festival programme announced end of May '24 — please scroll down for last year's.

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

'Every series consists of six 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

She Loves Me Not

Fri 14/7, Fri 28/7, Wed 9/8, Fri 18/8/23

Attend unto my Tears

Sunday 6 & 20 August 2023

Songs of Syrinx

Tue 11/7, Tue 1/8, Wed 16/8/23

Feuding Friends

Tue 25/7, Fri 11/8, Fri 25/8/23

The Songbird Ascending

Wed 19/7, Fri 4/8, Wed 23/8/23

The Prince & the Pauper

Sun 9/7, Tue 18/7, Sun 27/8/23

She Loves Me Not

Unrequited Love — Forlorn Hope — Rejection — Thwarted Trysts

Marking the quatercentenary of Prince Charles’ diplomatically disastrous courtship of the Infanta Maria (a.k.a. the Spanish Match), the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio, and the death of iconic English composer William Byrd in 1623, with sonnets (2, 57 & 152), speeches, extracts from Cymbeline and Love’s Labour’s Lost, and anecdotes from the reigns Elizabeth I & James I, featuring Elizabeth's rousing Tilbury speech. Music by Byrd, Dowland, Ortiz, Playford, incl. our distinctive interpretation of the haunting Gaspar Fernandes villancico 'No haya más'.

Charivari Agréable

Isobel Collyer—reader & soprano

Layil Barr—recorders & bass viol

Kah-Ming Ng—virginals

She Loves Me Not: £17, £15 (seniors), £10 (students <25)

Songs of Syrinx

The beguilingly beautiful pairing of two dulcet winds

Vivaldi (Concerto for 2 flutes), Bach (Trio in G major BWV 1039)

Telemann (Tafelmusik), Handel, Locatelli, Quantz

Charivari Agréable

Mafalda Ramos—traverso & recorder

Dan Watts—baroque flute

Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

Songs of Syrinx: £17, £15 (seniors), £10 (students <25)

The Prince and the Pauper

The sonorous yet uncommon pairing of 2 gut-string instruments of

opposing pedigrees: leisured aristocrats vs professional fiddlers


Charivari Agréable

May Robertson—baroque violin

Sarah Small—viola da gamba

Kah-Ming Ng—harpsichord

The Prince & the Pauper: £17, £15 (seniors), £10 (students <25)

The Songbird Ascending

Sacred Music from Venice to Vienna

Monteverdi (Salve Regina), Porpora (Avis Canora in Fronde)

Vivaldi (Nisi Dominus), Sonate da chiesa by Albinoni, Caldara & Legrenzi

Charivari Agréable

Charlie Morris—alto

Edmund Taylor—baroque violin

Christopher McClain—baroque violin

dir. Kah-Ming Ng—chamber organ

The Songbird Ascending: £20, £19 (seniors), £10 (students <25)

Feuding Friends

Keyboardists in Conflict

Bach vs Marchand | Scarlatti vs Handel | Handel vs Mattheson | Gabrieli vs Merulo |

“no chance” Finger vs “no contest” Pachelbel

A candlelit harpsichord recital by Kah-Ming Ng

'Dazzling display of keyboard prowess'—The Independent 

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

Feuding Friends £15, £14 (seniors), £10 (students <25)

Attend unto my Tears

Salve for the Soul

Lotti (Requiem), JE Bach (De Profundis), Bull (Attend unto my Teares)

A. Scarlatti (Salve Regina), Purcell (Funeral Sentences)

Charivari Agréable

Olwen Lintern Smyth—soprano

Henry Kimber—countertenor

Colin Danskin—tenor

Francis Brown—bass

dir. Kah-Ming Ng—chamber organ

Attend unto my Tears: £20, £19 (seniors), £10 (students <25)

Tickets in June from The Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street OX1 2LW, Tel: 01865-305305, or at the door (cash only)