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Songs of Hope in Times of Oppression

Poppies in a fieldUniv Chapel Choir with Martlet Voices and Richard Tunnicliffe, cellist

Proceeds to The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UN Crisis Relief)

Thursday, 10 November 2022
St John Evangelist Church, Iffley Road, Oxford

On 10 November 2022, there will be a concert of music to coincide with Remembrance Day and featuring music written about war and the overcoming of oppression. The concert will be in St John the Evangelist Church on Iffley Road in Oxford. This event will be in aid of the Ukraine conflict with a retiring collection going to The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, run by UN Crisis Relief.

The Chapel Choir will again be singing alongside the professional singers of Martlet Voices. The singers will be joined by renowned cellist, Richard Tunnicliffe, a regular collaborator on projects for the Martlet Ensemble since its inception.

The programme will contain a setting of four Paul Eluard poems by Francis Poulenc, “Un soir de neige”, written during World War Two; Roxanna Panufnik’s, “All shall be well”, which was written to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; “A Farewell to Arms” by Richard Rodney Bennett and “A Smile and Ashes” by Adrian Williams, with texts from the Bosnian conflict.

There will also be pieces by Philip Moore, Pierre Villette and Cecilia McDowall, as well as Ralph Vaughan Williams and will be the opening concert in a festival of music celebrating his work over the weekend of 10-13 November throughout Oxford. Finally, the concert will feature some of the music of Ilse Weber, who was one of the multitude that perished in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, and who reportedly sang her songs to the children with her to keep them calm.

Booking details will be circulated shortly.

Please note that audio, photographs and video footage may be taken throughout our events. These may be used by the College for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media or in any third party publication. Please contact the event organiser if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.

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