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Welcome to the Cherwell Singers

The Cherwell Singers are an Oxford-based, mixed-voice chamber choir, founded in 1977. We sing all types of music from the late Middle Ages to the present day - including mainstays of the choral repertoire and lesser-known, even obscure, works. We place a high value on musicianship, aiming to perform to a consistently high standard.

We give three public concerts per year in central Oxford, and also perform at private functions, including conferences and weddings.

Dvorak - Stabat Mater

21 March, 2015 - 19:30
University Church

With the approach of Passiontide the Cherwell Singers present a rare performance of the original piano version of the most extensive setting of the thirteenth century hymn to Mary, the Stabat Mater by Antonin Dvorak. Written as a reaction to the death of his daughter in 1876, Dvorak had to lay aside the orchestration of the work due to his other obligations, but the smaller scale and more intimate setting provided by this original piano version is perfect for a chamber choir such as ours. The University Church (with its own dedication to Mary) owns a new Bluthner grand piano which is one of the finest instruments in Oxford, and will be played for this performance by the London based pianist Martin Cousin.

Complementing the Dvorak will be a pair of unaccompanied motets by another late nineteenth century Catholic composer from the Austro-Hungarian empire, Anton Bruckner. We do hope you can join us for this programme.

Directed by: 
James Brown