8 July 19 August. A music festival with a difference, Early Music by Candlelight is an annual event in Oxford presented by Charivari Agrable, (translated as: pleasant tumult) an internationally renowned baroque music ensemble. Formed in 1993 at Oxford University, this virtuoso and original group are performing a series of concerts and readings in the Victorian Gothic surroundings of the Exeter College chapel.
On 3 and 10 August, Garters And Gunpowder: readings from the letters of Elizabeth I and Shakespeares sonnets will be accompanied by the music of Bull, Byrd, and Hume among others. The Musical Delights of Dresden on the 5 and 14 August, features music by Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi. On the 7 and 17 August, Bodleian Musical Treasures: baroque violin, chamber organ and harpsichord perform music from the manuscript collections of Oxford Universitys Bodleian Library. On 9 August Songs Without Words: beautiful melodies from baroque to modern, whilst on 12 August, Mozarts English Muses includes the Charivari Agrable performance of Mozarts earliest piano concerto. On the 16 August there is a concert of choral music by composers from the times of Elizabeth I and the Stuart kings. The final concert on 19 August entitled Hallelujah! Two Harpsichords features JS Bachs Brandenburg Concerto No.6 and John Marshs arrangement of Handels Hallelujah chorus. Concerts start at 20.00 and admission price is 12, concessions 10. Tickets can be bought at the door or from the Oxford Playhouse Tel. 01865 305305.