What is the Oxford Early Music Festival?
Oxford Early Music Festival is the newest early music festival in the UK. It was originally conceived in the summer of 2012 by three friends, Kate Ashby, Laura Ashby and David Lee, who had variously grown up, studied and worked in Oxford and are now active in their respective careers as musicians and administrators. The festival’s aim is to present a concerts by outstanding artists in some of the city’s best-loved venues. For a city synonymous with early music and which gave rise to some of the best known groups of the movement, it seemed odd that nobody had tried to bring together the artists who make up the vibrant local early music scene within the stunning surroundings of the college chapels and city churches.
After a successful launch in 2013, with artists including James Bowman, Catherine Bott, Nicholas Mulroy, with ensembles such as Stile Antico, Oxford Baroque and the International Baroque Players, we took a hiatus, as our directors took time out to have babies/work on doctorates/move house and other things. However, we’re back for 2015 with dates set as 15 – 17 May. We look forward to launching soon with another exciting weekend of concerts and events.
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