Hilary Term Round-Up

Hilary Term has well and truly ended. The students have left and the daffodils have appeared despite the persistent ‘Beast from the east’. We’re taking the opportunity to look back over a busy term of events at the JdP.

Jonathan Powell returned to the JdP at the beginning of term performing a varied programme of works from Schubert to Feinberg. Students embarked on performing a one-act opera composed by Toby Young (watch again here). The JdP became one of the main venues for the launch of the 125 Anniversary Celebrations, with several days of consecutive events including performances by Zoe Rahman and Steven Isserlis.

The LHN highlight of the term was a performance by soloists of Explore Ensemble showcasing the work of composer John Croft (watch again here). We also welcomed Stephen Montague for a Composer Talk (watch again here). Regrettably, we had to cancel our MASH Marathon and Composer Talk with Marco Donnarumma, and you can read more about it here.

Our vibrant Cushion Concert series continued to grow in popularity, featuring the tuba, percussion and the delightful Millbrook Ensemble for our Sir Robert Mayer concert. Christine Cairns, Naomi Berry, Maki Sekiya and students from Radley College & Magdalen College school performed to elated guests in our Moving Music concerts.

Special guests at the St Hilda’s College Lunchtime Recital Series included trombonist Sebastiaan Kemner, Dina Duisen & Pēteris Sokolovksis. We were also treated to two special DANSOX events with Lynne Wake and Alastair Macaulay. Academics and members of the College hosted various events in the JdP including Brain and Mind, a seminar on the work of Rameau, the Sue Lloyd-Roberts Annual Memorial Lecture, the Mary Moore Memorial Celebration, the St Hilda’s Medical Society Conference. We were also delighted to host events by the Oxford Music Festival, the Oxford Philharmonic, the Oxford Lieder Festival and Opera Anywhere.

Many of our livestreamed events have been added to our on-demand Video Library, and more will be uploaded in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

Steven Isserlis