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key benefits: Music in the Abbey 4th – 8th September 2013

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The Orchestra of St John’s annual music festival in Dorchester Abbey has a great line up this year and you can get some great deals on tickets with key benefits.

They have five exceptional concerts with world class soloists including superstar cellist Steven Isserlis and internationally renowned pianist Maki Sekiya. Tickets sold out for concerts at last year’s Festival – so buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

key benefit: 10% discount on the following ‘Music In The Abbey’ performances when you quote promotion code ‘Oxbus2013’

Classic Jazz – Wednesday 4th September at 7.30pm

This concert will be a fantastic start to the Festival! Hannah Davey singing alongside star pianist Derek Paravacini, top jazz violinist Ben Holder and Ollie Howell on drums.

We can expect a dazzling performance from Derek – a second George Shearing in the making – that will set our pulses racing as he improvises on the piano. Audiences have been stunned by the singing of Hannah Davey and by the playing of Ben Holder, possibly the best jazz violinist in the UK today.

Hannah, hitherto the rising go-to soprano for sacred musical works, reveals a hidden genius for jazz singing rivalling anything you have heard before. The result of this combination backed by Ollie Howell is off-the-scale sensational. Tickets £15

Maki Sekiya – Thursday 5th September at 7.30pm

Born in Tokyo in 1978, Maki made her first public appearances as a ten-year old on Japanese TV and in the biggest halls in Tokyo. In 1989, Maki enrolled in the Purcell School in London and later won first prize in the International Competition in Senegal and third prize in the Maria Callas Competition in Barcelona.

Following concerts throughout the UK, Maki entered the Moscow State Conservatory in 1996 and continued to win international prizes and perform in concerts and festivals across Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Bulgaria and the UK. She has made many recordings of works by various composers. She now lives in the UK with her husband, a Russian pianist.

Maki will be playing music by Liszt, Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Tickets – £10

Rising Opera Stars – Friday 6th September at 7.30pm

OSJ has a track record stretching back half a century of searching out the finest young musical talent and helping them develop into international stars.

This evening the “OSJ Young Performers” programme presents a concert of virtuoso songs and arias performed by the award winning young opera singers from the Birmingham Conservatoire under the guidance of Christine Cairns.

Many you may have seen in previous years are now building an international career. Come and see these talented stars of the future perform in Dorchester. Tickets – £10

Steven Isserlis plays Haydn – Saturday 7th September at 7.30pm

Steven Isserlis is acclaimed worldwide for his wonderful musicianship and distinctive sound. He has performed with all the great orchestras in the most famous concert halls in every part of the globe. His award-winning recordings include the complete Bach Cello Suites, which was Gramophone magazine’s Disc of the Year and Critic’s Choice at the Classical Brits. He will be playing on his famous Marquis de Corberon Stradivarius of 1726.

Tickets – £37.50, £30 and £20
Students and under 18 – half price

Steven Isserlis plays Tchaikovsky – Sunday 8th September at 7.30pm

Steven is an author and arranger, advising on new editions of the cello works of Beethoven, Dvorak and Elgar. He has premiered a wide range of music including pieces by Tavener, Liebermann and Woolrich. He has received many honours, including the CBE in 1998 in recognition of his services to music.

Orchestra of St John’s & OSJ Voices conducted by John Lubbock
Tickets – £37.50, £30 and £20
Students and under 18 – half price

Telephone: 0845 680 1926
Dorchester Abbey, High Street, Dorchester, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

Fore more information, please visit the Orchestra of St John’s website.


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