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

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...


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