3. October 7.30pm, Oxford Town Hall

Opening Concert – Songs of Earth and Air

Tickets: £40/£30 (Ground Floor)

Tickets: £15 (Balcony)

A box of fireworks for the opening night of our Festival, with BBC Young Musician winner and Royal Wedding artist Sheku Kanneh-Mason playing dazzling Tchaikovsky; the unforgettable poetry of the Lark Ascending; and extracts of Sally Beamish’s beautiful violin concerto written as “a brightly coloured picture book” to introduce her newborn daughter to the seasons and the elements. Finally Vivaldi’s endlessly fascinating Four Seasons burst into the 21st century, re-mixed with an atmospheric improvised soundtrack from Amsterdam’s World Champion DJ Kypski.

Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending  (arr. by Martin Gerigk)
Sally Beamish – The Book of Seasons
Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme
Vivaldi – (with DJ Kypski) The Four Seasons.

Priya Mitchell, violin
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
DJ Kypski
Tom Fetherstonhaugh, conductor