The 2016 Oxford Chamber Music Festival (OCMF) is titled Coda: The Last Works and explores the wisdom of age – through the summing-up of a lifetime’s experience in magnum opuses.
This year’s festival has an exciting programme which Artistic Director and Founder violinist Priya Mitchell, who was born in Oxford, says represents “a magnificent late harvest and soulful musical autumn, full of the depth and insight of mature genius and final thoughts”.
The festival, which is supported by the Pureland Foundation, is one of the most exciting music events in Europe and famed for its exhilarating atmosphere and artistry.
“We will hear a composer like Beethoven pushing urgently into the future, unconstrained by his listeners’ expectations; composers refusing to grow old, like Janacek – 73 going on 17 – burning with his unique voice and mad infatuation; and other great musicians facing the ultimate mystery of mortality and finding courage, consolation and hope…. opening windows through their vision on so many levels for following generations.”
The OCMF, founded in 2000, has been described as “a world-class gathering by any standards reinforcing chamber music’s status as the most sociable musical form there is,” according to Time Out, and “an event of national rather than merely local significance” by The Independent.