17 Nov 2017

I Fagiolini

  • The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
  • Monteverdi Vespers of 1640

For concert goers for I Fagiolini on Friday 17 November, please take note of the below:

As you may already know, our concert on 17th November coincides with the Christmas Light Festival being organized in Oxford city centre by Oxford City Council.  The Council expects the city to be very busy during this event, some of which will take place in and around Broad Street.

We have only recently been made aware of the detailed arrangements, and have sought to find out as much information about it as we can, in order to ensure that our concert attendees have the high quality of experience we strive always to provide.  We strongly advise everyone coming to our concert to allow significant extra travel time, and to be aware that parking will undoubtedly be at a premium due to the popularity of the Light Festival.

 There will be increased local bus services, as well as increased Park & Ride services.  It is planned that Broad Street and Catte Street will be closed to all but essential traffic, although normal traffic will still be allowed on Parks Road and Holywell Street.  Full travel information can be found on www.oxfordschristmas.com under the ‘News’ section, and this information will be kept up-to-date by the Festival organizers and Oxford City Council.

 You may be interested in some of the events happening around Broad Street: there will be craft and food market stalls at the west end of Broad Street, and a fascinating installation by renowned sound artist Ray Lee in the Clarendon Quad, just behind the Sheldonian Theatre.  This installation, Ring Out, will start at 10pm, and can be seen in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AqhSpHhqJs

In 1640 Monteverdi published a collection of his other church music that hadn’t been contained in the ‘1610 Vespers’ so familiar today.  From this later, no less sonorous or virtuosic collection, I Fagiolini and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble offer a Vespers for a Venetian event with which we know Monteverdi to have been involved towards the end of his life – a magnificent celebration of the Feast of St John the Baptist.  Monteverdi’s fabulous psalm settings form the main part of this programme alongside a grand three-choir Magnificat by Gabrieli.

This is the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth and I Fagiolini’s own 30th anniversary year.  Join us for a fitting celebration with a group that  has done so much to bring fresh life and vigour to this splendid composer’s work.

‘…a style that is at once true to the period but communicative to today’s listener.’  Daily Telegraph

We welcome Richard Wigmore in conversation with Robert Hollingworth – 6.30pm at the Sheldonian Theatre (included with your tickets). 


The Mary Pye Memorial Concert

End time c. 9:45pm