Magical music promised at May festival

The Oxford Times: Festival founders: Jack Liebeck and Brian Foster

11:27am Thursday 17th April 2014

Nicola Lisle speaks to co-founder Brian Foster about the Oxford May Music Festival, now in its seventh year

Thomas Traux is an instrumental force for originality

The Oxford Times: Thomas Traux

11:08am Thursday 17th April 2014

Tim Hughes speaks to the rock eccentric who creates all his own instruments

Dave Swarbrick is fit as a fiddle

The Oxford Times: Dave Swarbrick

10:36am Thursday 17th April 2014

Dave Swarbrick tells Tim Hughes reports of his death were just (a little) exaggerated

A look at Oxford and Grenoble's Alps and Spires cultural festival

The Oxford Times: East Oxford Community Choir

11:14am Thursday 10th April 2014

Nicola Lisle previews the artists and performers from the cities of Oxford and Grenoble who will make up the Alps and Spires festival

The 'Turkabilly' star not even Saddam could stop

The Oxford Times: Brickwork Lizards with Tarik Beshir, right

11:07am Thursday 10th April 2014

Tim Hughes talks to an eclectic band’s frontman who fled from Saddam’s army

Museum's pieces at modern angle

The Oxford Times: Opportunity: Orchestra of St. John's performing at the Ashmolean

9:50am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to Orchestra of St John’s founder John Lubbock about the OSJ Proms

Chrysta is always Bell de jour

The Oxford Times: Chrysta Bell

9:45am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Tim Hughes speaks to model and singer Chrysta Bell about a decade-long process

The One and Only Russell Watson

The Oxford Times: Russell Watson

9:37am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to the ‘People’s Tenor’ Russell Watson ahead of a show in next week in Oxford

Gala marks seven centuries of choir

The Oxford Times: Celebration: Exeter College Choir

11:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

Exeter College is ready to celebrate its 700th anniversary with a very special concert. Nicola Lisle discovers more

Shock rock band LostAlone are never lost for words

The Oxford Times: Steven Battelle (centre)

10:54am Thursday 27th March 2014

It’s all about the music — and fans, Lost Alone’s Steven Battelle tells Tim Hughes

The Sixteen talk about their upcoming Choral Pilgrimage

The Oxford Times: In voice: The Sixteen

9:50am Thursday 20th March 2014

Nicola Lisle asks Harry Christophers and singer Sally Dunkley of The Sixteen

Glass raised up for sparkling glory

The Oxford Times: Glass Animals

9:45am Thursday 20th March 2014

Glass Animals are the next big thing to emerge from Oxford’s fertile music scene. Tim Hughes spoke to the schoolfriends

Short Ring cycle is William Howard's way

The Oxford Times: Featured artist: William Howard

10:12am Thursday 13th March 2014

The pianist tells Giles Woodforde about his version of a Wagnerian epic

Christina Skjolberg is an Ice Maiden with blues that burn

The Oxford Times: Christina Skjolberg is an Ice Maiden with blues that burn

10:48am Thursday 13th March 2014

Tim Hughes speaks to Blues Caravan’s Christina Skjolberg ahead of a Jericho gig

Jet set at full throttle - interview with Jet Black of The Stranglers

The Oxford Times: Jet set at full throttle - interview with Jet Black of The Stranglers

9:36am Thursday 13th March 2014

Jet Black of The Stranglers almost died ahead of his last Oxford gig. But that won’t stop the great survivor’s return, he tells Tim Hughes

Queens of the Stone Age and Paramore complete Reading line-up

The Oxford Times: Summer highlight: Reading

11:02am Tuesday 11th March 2014

Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Vampire Weekend and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis join bill at Reading and Leeds...

Young piano star Mark Viner homeward bound

The Oxford Times: Young piano star Mark Viner homeward bound

9:57am Thursday 6th March 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to pianist Mark Viner ahead of his recital at SJE Arts

Ska checkmates The Selecter back with Black

The Oxford Times: The Selecter

9:52am Thursday 6th March 2014

Pauline Black’s music in her re-formed band is still highly relevant, writes Tim Hughes

Indie-rock band Temples are from a galaxy not too far away

The Oxford Times: Temples

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

Exploding on the music scene in a burst of psychedelia, Temples could well be the future of indie-rock. Tim Hughes reports

Elgar hits a chord - interview with Merton College Choir conductor Benjamin Nicholas

The Oxford Times: 'Exciting year': Benjamin Nicholas

9:53am Thursday 20th February 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to Merton College Choir conductor Benjamin Nicholas about an ‘extra special’ gala concert

Divulging Great War's untold stories - Folk singer Sam Lee

The Oxford Times: Major project: Sam Lee is encouraging local people to leng Cogges Manor Farm personal artefacts and memorabilia connected with the First World War

9:44am Thursday 20th February 2014

Folk singer Sam Lee tells Tim Hughes of his research into long-lost songs and tales

Come and sing to help cure disease - interview with Stabat Mater organiser Leo Pitt

The Oxford Times: Come and sing to help cure disease - interview with Stabat Mater organiser Leo Pitt

10:00am Thursday 13th February 2014

Giles Woodforde talks to Leo Pitt about a concert with a difference

Emotional songs to leave you in tears - interview with Jess Hall

The Oxford Times: West country girl: Jess Hall, who was initially inspired by Devon's coastal scenary

9:45am Thursday 13th February 2014

Young folky singer-songwriter Jess Hall is one to watch. Tim Hughes reveals why

The Carbonfools are ‘Hungary’ for success

The Oxford Times: Magic Magyars: The Carbonfools

6:34pm Friday 7th February 2014

Tim Hughes meets one of Hungary’s biggest bands, now making waves over here - The Carbonfools.

Grand gathering celebrates piano

The Oxford Times: Skill: Gwilym Simcock

10:04am Thursday 6th February 2014

Nicola Lisle on the launch of an Oxford piano series by SJE Arts

Foxes: Outfoxing a fickle game

The Oxford Times: Foxy lady: Foxes

9:57am Thursday 6th February 2014

She’s hit the charts hard, but it has not gone to her head. Tim Hughes talks to Louisa Rose Allen – aka Foxes

Cara Dillon: soulful sounds from Northern Ireland's golden voice

The Oxford Times: A hit in China: Cara Dillon

9:43am Thursday 6th February 2014

Tim Hughes finds Derry’s Cara Dillon is as refreshing as her soulful songs

Chilingirian Quartet - maestros to teach and play

The Oxford Times: Top musicians: from left, Levin Chilingirian, Ronald Birks, Susie Meszaros and Stephen Orton

9:52am Thursday 30th January 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to violinist Levon Chilingirian as he brings his famous string quartet to Abingdon School

Ruthie Henshall hits upon highs and lows

The Oxford Times: Ruthie Henshall hits upon highs and lows

9:42am Thursday 30th January 2014

Ruthie Henshall is raising the curtain on her life, as she tells Tim Hughes

Richard Thompson to headline Towersey festival

The Oxford Times: Virtuoso: Richard Thompson

11:18am Tuesday 28th January 2014

FOLK-rock pioneer Richard Thompson will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oxfordshire's Towersey Festival by headlining this summer's event.

Spanish songs to banish the blues - Margarita and the House of Love

The Oxford Times: The players: Nicola Harrison, Guy Newbury, Olivier Bonnici, Keith Fairbairn

10:33am Thursday 23rd January 2014

An exciting new concert bringing music from Spain will soon be touring Oxfordshire, discovers Nicola Lisle

Top dogs find middle ground - interview with Police Dog Hogan

The Oxford Times: Top dogs find middle ground - interview with Police Dog Hogan

10:24am Thursday 23rd January 2014

Tim Hughes asks Police Dog Hogan about realising the boyhood dream — in middle age

Stars lined up for Music at Oxford 30th anniversary

The Oxford Times: Big name: Elias String Quartet

9:51am Thursday 16th January 2014

Music at Oxford is kicking off 2014 in style, as Nicola Lisle discovers

Three Steps To Heaven - Tribute to their professionalism

The Oxford Times: Three Steps To Heaven - Tribute to their professionalism

9:46am Thursday 16th January 2014

Jon Murray watches the world's best Elvis impersonator light up the New Theatre

Watch the purdy dazzle on the flipside - Interview with singer Rebecca Poole

The Oxford Times: Watch the purdy dazzle on the flipside - Interview with singer Rebecca Poole

9:43am Thursday 16th January 2014

Sultry Rebecca Poole is being rebranded. Tim Hughes reports

Poster boy of the piano worth note

The Oxford Times: Key passion: Tom Poster

10:45am Thursday 9th January 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to pianist Tom Poster about his forthcoming recital

Why Elvis is just always on my mind

The Oxford Times: Stephen Kabakos is Elvis Presley in Three Steps to Heaven

10:33am Thursday 9th January 2014

Tim Hughes talks to the singer crowned best Presley impersonator on the planet

A vienna whirl of music delight - the classical year ahead

The Oxford Times: Charisma: Andris Nelsons

10:29am Thursday 2nd January 2014

A celebration of Schubert is among the gems on offer in the classical year, explains Nicola Lisle

Beck and beyond: Oxford's musical highlights for 2014

The Oxford Times: Temples

9:44am Thursday 2nd January 2014

2014 is lined up to make a big noise for local music and visiting legends. Tim Hughes picks his highlights

Classical review of the year: Great Britten, opera and more highlights

The Oxford Times: Highlight: Three Phantoms

3:30am Thursday 26th December 2013

Nicola Lisle looks back on her classical favourites over the year

Review of the year: Big names, great crowds and local heroes made 2013 a musical year to remember

The Oxford Times: Local heroes: Stornoway charm Oxford Town Hall

12:00am Thursday 26th December 2013

Tim Hughes looks back at a vibrant 2013 of inventive music

O Come all ye Faithful - Carols for All by Oxford Bach Choir

The Oxford Times: O Come all ye Faithful - Carols for All by Oxford Bach Choir

2:33pm Thursday 19th December 2013

Nicola Lisle asks conductor Timothy Byram-Wigfield about this year’s Carols for All by Oxford Bach Choir

The reggae team that's so Laid Blak...

The Oxford Times: Cool: Vocalist Flex, front, with other members of the West Country band

2:17pm Thursday 19th December 2013

Hip-hop crew Laid Blak pride themselves on their teamwork, reports Tim Hughes

The Rabbit Foot Spasm Band: Full-throttle jazz cocktail with bottle

The Oxford Times: Dapper: Stuart Macbeth

5:26pm Monday 16th December 2013

Christmas parties rarely get messier than a joyous gig with The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band. Tim Hughes was there to pop his cork...

Saturday: Handel's Messiah by Candlelight

The Oxford Times: Classics: 4 Girls 4 Harps

3:00pm Thursday 5th December 2013

Nicola Lisle looks forward to a very festive performance of Handel's classic

Out of Darkness into the light: Interview with The Darkness

The Oxford Times: The Darkness

2:11pm Thursday 5th December 2013

The Darkness are back to rock our world, as Dan Hawkins explains to Tim Hughes

Oxford's Blackbird Leys estate is in the regeneration game

The Oxford Times: Oxford's Blackbird Leys estate is in the regeneration game

5:50pm Friday 29th November 2013

Damian Fantato on Oxford's largest housing estate, Blackbird Leys, as council prepares to spend some £20m on it

Profile: The Rev Canon Sue Booys 'Not on the fizzy stuff yet'

The Oxford Times: Rev Canon Sue Booys

5:46pm Friday 29th November 2013

Gill Oliver talks to an influential Oxfordshire supporter of the ordination of women bishops

Classical highlights: Britten, Beethoven and Opera Anywhere...

The Oxford Times: Matthew Barley

1:04pm Friday 29th November 2013

Nicola Lisle presents her weekly pick of Oxford's classical concerts

Commotio: Hear lovely Carols at special Oxford album launch

The Oxford Times: Commotio: Hear lovely Carols at special Oxford album launch

1:00pm Friday 29th November 2013

Nicola Lisle looks forward to a concert celebrating Commotio’s new Christmas CD



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