Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


SJE Arts - St John the Evangelist Church
109A Iffley Road


John PaynterThe Windhover
Alan BullardThe Darkling Thrush
Bob ChilcottThe Silver Swan
Charles Villiers StanfordThe Swallow, Op.119 no.6
Robert FuchsDie Nachtigall, Op.64 no.6
Krzysztof PendereckiKaczka Pstra (Speckled Duck)
Maurice RavelTrois Beaux Oiseaux du Paradis, M.69 no.2
Paul HindemithSix Chansons: 2, Un Cygne
Jonathan DoveWho Killed Cock Robin?
Olivier MessiaenLes Petites Esquisses: L'Alouette des champs
Olivier MessiaenLes Petites Esquisses: La Grive musicienne
Olivier MessiaenLes Petites Esquisses: Le Rouge-gorge
Olivier MessiaenCatalogue d'oiseaux: L'Alouette-Lulu


Chloe Martindale – piano
Matthew Berry – choral director


Programme Note

Commotio is teaming up with RSPB to promote Oxford Swift Project in a Summer celebration of all things avian. We are pleased to welcome back Chloe Martindale, pianist, to perform excerpts from Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux and Petites Esquisses d'oiseaux. Messiaen became fascinated by birdsong in his later years, using astonishingly accurate notation of birdsong within these pieces.

Oxford choir, Commotio will perform choral pieces inspired by birds, including lesser known works by Stanford, Ravel and Hindemith.

RSPB will be on hand to promote the work they are doing with local partners to improve the breeding prospects and habitat for swifts in Oxford. Oxford Swift City Project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and will run from 2017- 2018. Further events about Oxford Swift City Project will be included in Oxford Festival of Nature.

photo:Marion Herrmann

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