Dawning of a new musical era for Oxford's Dreaming Spires

The Oxford Times:

12:57pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Ahead of their Oxford Mail Autumn Jamboree gig, Tim Hughes talks to The Dreaming Spires

Testament to the Scholars' sounds

The Oxford Times:

10:46am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to Peter Phillips, Tallis Scholars founder, about their SJE concert

Sounds like wisdom from soul sister Ella Martini

The Oxford Times:

10:31am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Tim Hughes meets Oxford's Ella Martini, a soulful singer-songwriter on the rise

Oxford's top bands line up for unique night of Autumn music

The Oxford Times:

12:32pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A clutch of Oxford's best artists are coming together for a lively night of music - curated by the Oxford Mail. The Dreaming Spires, Knights of Mentis and Oli Steadman of folk-pop stars Storonway play the Autumn Jamboree at the Jericho Tavern on October 25.

The Oxford Gargoyles face-off in Choir of the Year competition

The Oxford Times:

11:43am Thursday 16th October 2014

Nicola Lisle chats to some of the student group who will compete in the Choir of the Year contest

UB40 has unique sounds we all recognise

The Oxford Times:

11:27am Thursday 16th October 2014

Tim Hughes speaks to Jimmy Brown of UB40 — the band who brought reggae to the masses and land soon in Oxford

Opera star Christopher Purves is lending a hand

The Oxford Times:

11:11am Thursday 16th October 2014

Nicola Lisle chats to North Oxford opera star Christopher Purves about his pivotal role in an event at North Wall to save Summertown Library

Emerging sounds at the Old Fire Station

The Oxford Times:

11:42am Thursday 9th October 2014

Nicola Lisle meets a group determined to open up musical experiences to as wide an audience as possible

Folk four Dry The River are taking the world by storm

The Oxford Times:

11:30am Thursday 9th October 2014

From Newbury to New York, Dry The River have come a long way, says Tim Hughes

Schubert's Vienna waltzes in

The Oxford Times:

11:38am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Sholto Kynoch tells Nicola Lisle why Oxford Lieder Festival will be soaring

Robyn Hitchcock is branching out as an artist

The Oxford Times:

11:18am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Robyn Hitchcock is nothing if not versatile, finds Tim Hughes

Oxford Chamber Music Festival is breaking free of traditional limits

The Oxford Times:

11:56am Thursday 25th September 2014

Nicola Lisle asks artistic director Priya Mitchell about this year’s Oxford Chamber Music Festival

What it means to be Frank Turner

The Oxford Times:

11:36am Thursday 25th September 2014

Folk-punk troubadour Frank Turner enjoys the smaller venues, as Tim Hughes discovers

Laura Ashby raises the musical bar

The Oxford Times:

11:46am Thursday 18th September 2014

Laura Ashby tells Nicola Lisle about Music at Oxford’s season

Corr! Sharon loves her sisters but won't look back

The Oxford Times:

11:37am Thursday 18th September 2014

Tim Hughes talks to The Corrs band member who just lives for performing

True appreciation of period sounds

The Oxford Times:

11:32am Thursday 11th September 2014

Giles Woodforde speaks to Judith Evans ahead of the official debut concert of her group Instruments of Time and Truth

Sweet sorrows of life from Luke Sital-Singh

The Oxford Times:

11:21am Thursday 11th September 2014

Luke-Sital Singh has been compared to the deepest singer-songwriters and Tim Hughes finds his muse is melancholy, too

Place your bets for Mercury Prize winner...

The Oxford Times:

6:53pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

BOOKIES William Hill have listed their odds on the shortlisted artists for this year's Mercury Prize - with former Blur frontman Damon Albarn and rockers Royal Blood coming in as joint favourites.

"Inventive" Mercury Prize Albums of the Year shortlist revealed

The Oxford Times:

6:37pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Seven "outstanding" debut albums on shortlist for prestigious music award

Holst opera that is seldom staged

The Oxford Times:

11:53am Thursday 4th September 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to conductor Janet Lincé about reviving Holst’s one-act opera Savitri and other sacred pieces

John Fullbright is full of life and a bluesy attitude

The Oxford Times:

11:11am Thursday 4th September 2014

He’s not really folk, he’s not really country, but John Fullbright is among America’s hottest young singer-songwriters. Tim Hughes finds out what he’s all about

Forecast fine for Abbey times

The Oxford Times:

11:34am Thursday 28th August 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to John Lubbock, founder of the Orchestra of St John’s, about the forthcoming Music in the Abbey festival

Sam Sweeney's fantastical tale with strings attached

The Oxford Times:

11:21am Thursday 28th August 2014

A journey by Sam Sweeney to buy a new violin, revealed an amazing connection to a fallen First World War soldier. Tim Hughes hears the compelling story behind the musician’s new show

Alex James: 'Our Big Feastival is bigger and better'

The Oxford Times:

11:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

Rock star Alex James tells Tim Hughes how he has been motivated to make this weekend’s Big Feastival the best one yet

Summer celebration with young voices

The Oxford Times:

11:06am Thursday 21st August 2014

A youth choir is giving a special concert at Waddesdon Manor, discovers Nicola Lisle

Jake Bugg set to take Reading Festival by storm

The Oxford Times:

10:58am Thursday 21st August 2014

Tim Hughes discovers Jake Bugg can’t wait to play Britain’s best rock festival - kinda!

Conductor talks popular Proms

The Oxford Times:

11:17am Thursday 14th August 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to conductor John Traill about this year’s Oxford Proms

Supermodel Cara Delevingne heads into the Wilderness for a picnic with a difference...

The Oxford Times:

11:09am Thursday 14th August 2014

Check out the latest gigs news and gossip in this week's Soundbites

Svengali star Alan McGee rides onto centre stage

The Oxford Times:

10:58am Thursday 14th August 2014

Legendary Alan McGee plays himself in upcoming film Svengali. He tells Tim Hughes about his musical highlights and his love of Oxford

Music to remember at A Multitude of Voices

The Oxford Times:

11:15am Thursday 7th August 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to choir founders Chris Watson and John Duggan

Lady Rotherwick goes wild for Wilderness

The Oxford Times:

10:58am Thursday 7th August 2014

As Wilderness festival gets underway, hostess Lady Rotherwick shares her tips for a stylish weekend in the country with Tim Hughes

New folk's home: Fairport Convention's Simon Nicol on the magic of Cropredy

The Oxford Times:

10:48am Thursday 7th August 2014

Cropredy’s Simon Nicol tells Tim Hughes it’s their ‘don’t mess with the magic’ approach and exciting new music that makes the festival so well loved

Kah-Ming Ng is making a 'pleasant tumult'

The Oxford Times:

11:10am Thursday 31st July 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to Kah-Ming Ng, director of early music ensemble Charivari Agréable, about their summer season

Treetop Flyers are cream of the Crop

The Oxford Times:

11:01am Thursday 31st July 2014

Treetop Flyers are tuning up for their Cropredy Festival debut. Tim Hughes meets singer Reid Morrison

Home for heroes at Highclere

The Oxford Times:

10:46am Thursday 31st July 2014

Lady Carnarvon is used to welcoming visitors and Downton Abbey stars to Highclere but, as she tells Katherine MacAlister, a wartime charity event on Sunday is a remarkable highlight

Oxford Philomusica are hitting the right notes

The Oxford Times:

9:53am Thursday 24th July 2014

Nicola Lisle on this summer’s nine-day piano jamboree

Songs full of soul, magic and moonshine

The Oxford Times:

9:46am Thursday 24th July 2014

Texan musician Sarah Jarosz plays old school American acoustic roots music. And, observes Tim Hughes, she’s rather fond of songs about the magic of the moon

Paradise found at Wilderness

The Oxford Times:

9:36am Thursday 24th July 2014

Wilderness festival is coming back to Cornbury Park, bigger, better and with a Paradise Lost theme. Tim Hughes speaks to festival manager Eloise Markwell-Butler about what’s in store

New Gluck at Bampton's Deanery Garden

The Oxford Times:

9:55am Thursday 17th July 2014

Nicola Lisle on Bampton Classical Opera double to mark Gluck’s 300th anniversary

Stornoway to keep on trucking

The Oxford Times:

9:43am Thursday 17th July 2014

Truck is a homecoming gig for the Oxford band. Tim Hughes talks to Brian Briggs

Choral gets Frank

The Oxford Times:

9:50am Thursday 10th July 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to the composer James Whitbourn about his choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank

A fairy tale start for Henley headliners

The Oxford Times:

9:42am Thursday 10th July 2014

Tim Hughes talks to Mike Crawshaw of The Overtones

Arrested Development

The Oxford Times:

9:41am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Arrested Development rapper Speech tells Tim Hughes how he is looking forward to inviting the PM on the festival stage

A baroque feast

The Oxford Times: Centre stage: The Sheldonian Theatre, where the annual Summer Baroque series opens on Saturday

10:08am Thursday 26th June 2014

As Oxford Philomusica's Summer Baroque returns for a fourth series, Nicola Lisle talks to soloist Peter Adams

Singing full of joy and that's Gospel truth

The Oxford Times: Striking a chord: Oxford Gospel Choir

10:02am Thursday 26th June 2014

Oxford Gospel Choir marks a decade of music-making joy. Tim Hughes tunes in

Rich pickings at 'Poshstock'

The Oxford Times:

9:46am Thursday 26th June 2014

Tim Hughes talks to Cornbury Festival Director Hugh Phillimore about his feast of music with an upper class vibe

Engaging brains

The Oxford Times: Arresting: Darren Jeffery (Don Pizarro) and Stephen Richardson (Rocco) in Fidelio

10:21am Thursday 19th June 2014

Nicola Lisle fears how Fidelio is at the heart of a weekend offering plenty of inspiring intellectual events

On yer bike for festival fun

The Oxford Times: Spokesman: Nicholas O’Brien and Nina Brown getting ready for the weekend’s Tandem Festival

8:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

Tim Hughes meets the brains behind the low-carbon, largely acoustic Tandem Festival

The rocker teaching students how to party...

The Oxford Times: Permission to party: Andrew WK (picture by Jonathan Thorpe)

5:03pm Friday 13th June 2014

Californian hedonist to impart his hard-earned knowledge of the benefits of revelry

G&S characters on patrol in gardens

The Oxford Times: In full voice: Mike Woodward as Major General Stanley

9:58am Thursday 12th June 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to the founders of the much-loved Opera Anywhere



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