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OSJ PROMS ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, OXFORD Wednesday, February 22nd 2012 7.30 p.m. Alice Privett - Soprano John Lubbock - Conductor

Supported by Martin & Elise Smith and Ian & Caroline Laing

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

BLACKWELLS Music


Minuetto No. 1 - Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) O delle mie speranza from La Dorinda - Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676) O thou, of all I hope for, mainstay, anchor and safety, O dearest pledge, surest bond of love unfailing, precious life that I hope for, thine are my fondest thoughts, thine are my sweetest fancies; O love for whom I tremble, all unscathed from the war, I yet see thee safe returning. We would like to play the whole of the first half as an uninrterupted sequence.

Minuetto No. 3 - Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) Sei to m’ami - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) If thou lov'st me,and sighest ever but for me, O gentle swain, sweet I find loving favour, pitiful I find thy pain. Should'st thou think tho' that demurely I on thee alone may smile. Simple shepherd thou art surely prone thy sense to beguile. As a fair red rose, a lover fain might sylvia choose today, happy if he thorns discover tis tomorrow thrown away. All men say of maiden folly finds no favour in mine eyes, nor because I love the lilly shall I other flowers despise.

Crisantemi - Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) Er, der Herrlichste von Allen from Frauen liebe und leben Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Since have seen him I believe myself blind, where ever I gaze, I see him alone. as in waking dreams his image floats before me, emerges from deepest darkness, brighter in ascent. All else is dark and colorless everywhere around me, for the games of my sisters

I no longer yearn, I would rather weep, silently in my little chamber, since I have seen him, I believe myself to be blind.

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Traumerie - Robert Schumann (1810-1856) L’amour de Peroutcha from Harawi - Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

––––––––––– INTERVAL –––––––––– Ave Maria from Othello - Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) VE Maria, blest among women, by God Almighty chosen, most full of grace art thou. May blessed be thine offspring. Oh Mary Mother, the Son of God, Christ Jesus, our Lord. Pray for her who kneels in prayer before thee, for her, the sinner pray, as for the sinless; unto those that are oppressed or afflicted all show them mercy, mother undefiled. Pray thou for her who in anguish kneeling before thee, for thy mercy doth implore thee; pray for us, pray ever, Holy Mary, and in the hour of dying. Amen.

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Verdi String Quartet arranged for string orchestra 1. Allegro 2. Andantino 4. Scherzo Fuga. Allegro assai mosso

3. Prestissimo

ERDI'S production of Aida in early March, 1873 was delayed due to the sudden illness of soprano Teresa Stolz.Verdi focused his time in Naples on the writing of his first chamber work, String Quartet in E minor.The work was premiered two days after the opening of Aida during an informal recital at his hotel on April 1, 1873.The names of the original performers survive only as Pinto brothers, violins, Salvadore, viola, and Giarritiello, cello.Verdi commented on the work, saying "I've written a Quartet in my leisure moments in Naples. I had it performed one evening in my house, without attaching the least importance to it and without inviting anyone in particular. Only the seven or eight persons who usually come to visit me were present. I don't know whether the Quartet is beautiful or ugly, but I do know that it's a Quartet!" Despite Verdi's humble words concerning the piece, his String Quartet in E minor is valued among the great classical chamber works of the 19th century. It also exists in a version for string orchestra, which we are performing tonight.

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Alice Privett Soprano LICE ROSE PRIVETT studied with Professor Susan McCulloch at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and graduated in 2011 with a First Class Honours degree and the the Concert Recital Diploma. Oratorio work includes Handel's Messiah at St Martin in the Fields, Mozart's Requiem,Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Brahms Requiem. Operatic roles include Poppea L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Longborough Festival Opera),Venus (Venus and Adonis), Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (The Complete Singer) Serpina La Serva Padrona (self produced), Belinda Dido and Anaeus (Ad Parnassum,Venice), and First Bridesmaid/cover of Susanna Nozze di Figaro (BYO). Scenes include Adina L'Elisir d'amore, Frasquita Carmen and Susanna Nozze di Figaro (GSMD Opera Associates).

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During her undergraduate course at the GSMD she has had the benefit of working with Elijah Moshinsky, Sarah Walker, Eugene Asti at the Wigmore Hall and Iain Burnside (in the recent premiere of his play Unknown Doors in the Barbican Pit Theatre). She has also participated in masterclasses with Rudolph Piernay in Salzburg,Thomas Kiesgen and Edith Wiens at GSMD and Joan Dornemann as part of the IVAI programme in Tel Aviv (associated with the Metropolitan Opera). Alice is a keen recitalist, and last year took part in performances of Wolf’s Italianisches Liederbuch at GSMD and Messiaen’s complete songs at The Forge in London, for which she was awarded the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize for work in contemporary song. In competition she has won the first prize in the Susan Longfield Award (2011) and in the Royal Overseas League (2011) with the ensemble ‘Cries of London’. She is currently studying on the preparatory-opera course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Lillian Watson, where she is generously supported by the Winifred Disney and Jennifer Vyvyan Awards, and next year will continue to study on the RAM opera course. Upcoming roles this year include Despina (Hampstead Garden Opera), Papagena/ cover of Pamina (Longborough Festival Opera) and Pamina (The Complete Singer).

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John Lubbock Artistic Director and Conductor OHN Lubbock is well known as the founder and conductor of the Orchestra of St John’s. He began his musical life as a chorister at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle and later, having studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, went on to sing with the John Alldis choir, was a founder member of the London Symphony Chorus and was a member of the Swingle Singers.

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John founded his orchestra in 10967, whilst still a student at the Royal Academy of Music, with the aim of building an orchestra that would serve the community and not just be part of the ‘music scene’..The community bias has been the main drive behind his tireless enthusiasm and life long commitment to making the highest quality music making available to those who might otherwise have had little or no musical experience. He has single-handedly gathered around him a group of distinguished musicians who are not only outstanding performers but who share his ethos of bringing music to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Besides the orchestra’s public concerts John and his players give around 50 concerts a year to autistic children and others with learning difficulties through his charity ‘Music for Autism’.They have also, over the last three years developed a series of concerts for people with Dementia. Since the birth of his autistic son he has become very involved in the world of music and disabled children. Apart from Music for Autism he is a founder trustee of the Thomley Hall Centre for children with all special needs where Music for Autism has provided and equipped a music building. He is a trustee of the Music of Life Foundation which enables gifted but disabled musicians to access music making of the highest calibre and some of the children have performed with the OSJ and OSJ Voices. He is also a vice patron the Clear Sky Foundation which provides play therapy for emotionally damaged children and with whom the members of OSJ will be participating sponsored by Music for Autism In 1999 John received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music.

GROW A VIOLIN In order to offset people’s carbon footprint in getting to this concert we are initiating a Grow a Violin project. We ask that you all put £1 in a bucket as you leave this concert with which we will buy a tree and have it planted in the OSJ copse outside Oxford. Our wood on the Wittenham estate is growing very well. 4


OSJ Board PETER COUSINS Chairman ROB DIXON GORDON MOULTRIE ANDREW MOORFIELD

Oxford Development Council LORD MOSER Chairman DAVID BARNETT CAROLINE LAING JOHN SIMMONS

KAREN GADD WILF EATON DAVID MCLAREN

MARTINE BENOIT AMANDA ROWSE ROB DIXON

OSJ RANDALL SHANNON Planning Director ESTHER JACKSON Box Office and Front of House Manager LAURA ASHBY Concert Manager CHRISTOPHER O’NEAL Orchestral Manager LEE STEPHENSON Librarian

KAREN GADD Sponsorship Consultant NICKY PRENTIS Marketing Consultant ELLEN O’DONNELL Accountant DANIEL LUBBOCK Orchestral Assistant

OSJ Voices JEREMY JACKMAN Chorus Master MIRIAM POWER Administrator

ELAINE HOWELL Librarian

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OSJ Proms at the Ashmolean Wednesday 14 March 2012 at 7.30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Grieg Elegaic Melodies Grieg Movements from Peer Gynt Debussy Arriettes Oubliees Debussy Dances Sacree et Profane Grieg Holberg Suite

A programme of sacred music for Good Friday Friday 6 April 2012 at 6.00 pm Dorchester Abbey OSJ Ashmolean Voices

Easter Concert Saturday 7 April 2012 at Oxford Town Hall Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Benedictus and Agnus Dei Handel Part III Messiah

Tickets at www.osj.org.uk or 0845 6801962 and at Blackwells Music 23-25 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AX Tel: 01865 333586

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Orchestra of St John’s Supporters Benefactor: Toby Blackwell Patron: Music in the Abbey; Rick Rowse Founding Patrons Mr John Armitage Mr and Mrs David Barnett Mr Nigel Hamway Mr Charles Henderson Mr and Mrs Llewelyn-Jones Mr David McLaren Mr Andrew Moorfield Charlotte Way Faith Marchel Corporate Supporters Bird-Moore Partnership Citi CPM Deutsche Postbank Lloyds-TSB Richardsons

Friends Robert Boas Boshers (Cholsey) Ltd Mrs Diana Biddlestone Mr M J Boxford Mr J Drysdale Martin and Elise Smith Barbara East Trusts and Foundation The PF Charitable Trust The Greys Charitable Trust The Tolkien Trust The Sandra Charitable Trust

These concerts are supported by

Principal Chair Supporters Wilf and Liz Eaton (cello) Mr and Mrs J Taylor (viola) Peter Bennett-Jones (violin) The Orchestra of St. John’s is committed to engaging proactively with its audiences.We would genuinely like to hear your comments and suggestions on any aspects of our performance and presentation. Do let us know if there are projects and programmes you would like to see happening at the Orchestra of St John’s in the future. Contact us today at orchestra@osj.org.uk


OSJ Proms at the Ashmolean 22nd February 2012