Category Archives: Concerts

Bartholomew Consort concerts, past and upcoming

Komm Heiliger Geist Sunday 9th June wellington school chapel

Blackdowns Early Music Project’s Spring Festival.

The programme – entitled Komm, Heiliger Geist – will include the following works:

  • Johann Walter: Veni Sancte Spritus & Nun bitten wir
  • Melchior Frank: Unser Leben währet siebzig Jahr
  • Johann Ludwig Bach ~ Gedenke meiner, mein Gott
  • Johann Bach: Unser Leben ist ein Schatten
  • Johann Sebastien Bach: Komm, Jesu, komm & Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit & Ich lasse dich nicht

Bartholomew Consort in Oxford November 3 at 4 PM

Martin/ Pizzetti Nov 2019

St Barnabas Church, Jericho OX2 6BG Sunday November 3 at 4 pm

Tickets at TicketsOxford from early September, full price £15, students, unwaged, jobseekers, disabled £9. Children under 12 free

Programme

Frank Martin (1890 -1974) Mass for Double Choir

Ildebrando Pizzetti  (1880-1968)  Missa di Requiem

James MacMillan (b.1959)  Lux Aeterna

Musical Director JanJoost van Elburg

In this programme for unaccompanied voices , the two larger works, share some points of details:  both were composed in 1922 and both were the only unaccompanied choral works of their composers on liturgical texts.

For Martin, his Mass for Double Choir was a deeply felt and personal work, which he did not release for performance for forty years. His background was in the Calvinist church, his father being a minister, and this coloured his entire life and the characteristic of his creative work. The Mass was written and put away, protected for decades by Martin’s fervently held belief was that it was almost a blasphemy to perform such an intimate and private dialogue between God and himself.  His work is entirely his own, embracing the innovative ideas of the early twentieth century.

Pizzetti’s Requiem, on the other hand, is soundly based on the ideas of Gregorian chant and the fifteenth and sixteenth century Italian masters of polyphony. He introduces some vernacular flourishes by frequently changing the number of voice parts within a section, echoing the improvised folk-singing of his native north Italy.  It is not certain that Pizzetti held as strong a faith as that of Martin, but the spiritual intensity is just as strong.

The third, shorter, work in this programme is a communion motet by the prolific and hugely admired James MacMillan, published just ten years ago, Lux Aeterna.

Songs of Saints

St Giles’ Church OX2 6HT

3 March at 8pm

Tickets available from TicketsOxford from February 1

£12 full price,£8 students and under 12s free

Come and hear this stunning collection of choral music drawn principally from the C16 and C20 performed by the Bartholomew Consort under distinguished Director JanJoost van Elburg.

Music by Crequillon, Palestrina, Guerrero, Lassus, Britten, Part, Moore and Miskinis

Loud Praises Sound at Heaven’s High Gate

Choral music from C.19 and C.20
Sunday 24th June 2018 8pm

St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7ES
For members: music and practical information

JanJoost van Elburg will direct the Bartholomew Consort in a choral tour of C19 & C20 liturgical music, ranging from the romantic era inhabited by Felix Mendelssohn (b.1809) through to the self taught Francis Poulenc (d.1963), who wrote from an equally emotional view point. Between these composers were others who embraced similar ideals; we shall include the child prodigy Joseph Rheinberger (church organist at the age of 7), the prolific composer and teacher Charles Villiers Stanford and Max Reger, whose music displayed some Baroque influences, even into the early C20.

Entry is free, but your donations towards the costs of the concert will be most welcome.

How to get there

Address: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown,  Oxford, OX2 7ES

Map/directions

Bartholomew Consort return to Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0EE

Sunday February 4th 2018  at 4 pm

Quomodo cantabimus…. how may we sing the Lord’s Song in a strange land…..

JanJoost van Elburg directs the Bartholomew Consort in music by  Byrd, De Monte, Gibbons, Tomkins and Verdelot.

Entry is free, donations are welcome. After costs are met a donation will be made to Shelterbox, a charity providing practical assistance to people made homeless by conflict and disaster.

 

Masterpieces of the Italian Baroque

Domenico Scarlatti – Stabat Mater a 10    

Giacomo Carissimi – Jephte    

Sunday, February 19 2017, 4pm
St Michael & All Angels, Summertown, Oxford

Stabat Mater image

We return to Oxford on Sunday February 19th  at 4 pm  in St Michael & All Angels, Summertown with a wonderful Italian baroque programme

with full basso continuo support from

Organ – Martin Perkins
Theorbo  – Eligios Quinteiro
Gamba  – Henrik Persson
Violone – Jan Spencer.

ENTRY is FREE , donations will be very much welcomed at the end of the concert.

How to find St. Michael and All Angels