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

Alexis Taylor is chipping in by himself

The Oxford Times: Alexis Taylor is chipping in by himself

9:50am Thursday 12th June 2014

Tim Hughes chats with Alexis Taylor, the leader of indie-electronic band Hot Chip - about going it alone with a stripped-back solo album and tour

The Katona Twins are coming to the Sheldonian Theatre

The Oxford Times: Brothers: Peter and Zoltan Katona

10:01am Thursday 5th June 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to 'guitar freaks' the Katona twins ahead of their show at the Sheldonian

Sex, drugs and jazz: Deep South operetta is a runaway success

The Oxford Times: Huck of a guy: Humphrey 'Huck' Astley

9:54am Thursday 5th June 2014

Alexander The Great tells the story of two runaway teens, with folk, rock, jazz and blues. Tim Hughes meets creator Humphrey 'Huck' Astley

Blur star is Latitude bound

The Oxford Times: Not such a Blur: Damon Albarn

6:50pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

Damon Albarn is one of many artists choosing to make exclusive appearances at Britain's most eclectic summer festival

Absurdity of the tale proves a delight

The Oxford Times: Wide range: David Parry

12:27pm Thursday 29th May 2014

Giles Woodforde talks to David Parry, conductor of Garsington Opera

Memories speak volumes for chic-pop star

The Oxford Times: Bombshell: Sarah Cracknell

11:53am Thursday 29th May 2014

Tim Hughes speaks to St. Etienne pin-up girl Sarah Cracknell about a new book charting her band's history

Jools Holland is a boogie woogie man who mixes things up

The Oxford Times: Team: Jools Holland with Ruby Turner, singer and long-standing member of his beloved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

11:31am Thursday 29th May 2014

Tim Hughes speaks to the ever-affable Jools Holland ahead of his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra's all-star Cornbury collaboration

Celebrating the best England has to offer

The Oxford Times: Dog's life: Em Marshall-Luck and Festival Wolfhound Aethelwulf

10:46am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to founder Em Marshall-Luck about this year's English Music Festival

Mystery 'Poshstock' headliner revealed...

The Oxford Times: The Gipsy Kings

11:13am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Cornbury reveals Romany party band will top the bill on festival's closing night

Down-to-earth Sam Bailey is in good nick

The Oxford Times: Down-to-earth Sam Bailey is in good nick

10:39am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Tim Hughes speaks to the X Factor winner who used to work in a prison

Rediscover the joy of creating music

The Oxford Times: Rediscover the joy of creating music

11:53am Thursday 15th May 2014

Nicola Lisle previews Burford School's Come and Play

Sky's the limit for Doves' Jimi Goodwin

The Oxford Times: Soaring: Jimi Goodwin

11:45am Thursday 15th May 2014

Collaboration and inspiration mean a lot to Jimi Goodwin, as he tells Tim Hughes

Singing Verdi from scratch

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

11:20am Thursday 8th May 2014

Nicola Lisle asks Adrian Partington about conducting Oxford Bach Choir's Come and Sing event this weekend

Return of The Mac: The Bunnymen are back for more

The Oxford Times: Return of 'the Mac' Ian McCulloch

11:07am Thursday 8th May 2014

Tim Hughes meets the outspoken Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen

Take a Punt on these great new bands

The Oxford Times: Sci-fi modern blues: Vienna Ditto

9:25am Thursday 8th May 2014

Tim Hughes discovers the wealth of talent lined up to play at one of Oxford's best-loved music events

Stephen Hough has piano pieces that pack a big punch

The Oxford Times: Play time: Stephen Hough has become one of the world's most celebrated pianists

11:39am Thursday 1st May 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to pianist Stephen Hough ahead of his recital next week

Armenia's one-man musical revolution

The Oxford Times: Tigran is Armenia's one-man revolution

11:30am Thursday 1st May 2014

Tim Hughes talks to Tigran Hamasyan, a pianist with a haunting, inspiring sound

Maxim Vengerov is Oxford's Russian virtuoso violinist

The Oxford Times: Maxim Vengerov

10:57am Thursday 24th April 2014

Nicola Lisle talks to Maxim Vengerov ahead of his show at the Sheldonian

Provocative folk girls are turning the tide

The Oxford Times: O'Hooley and Tidow

10:49am Thursday 24th April 2014

Tim Hughes speaks to the folk pioneer duo Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow

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



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