Young musicians of St Giles Jubilee concert on 5 June 2022 raised £3,840 for the new organ

The concert on Sunday, 5 June, at 12:00 to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee raised £3,840 for the new organ. It will feature some of the church’s young musicians. It featured some of our young musicians and there was high standard of performance. It was a lovely occasion, as was remarked by several members of the congregation.

It’s not too late to raise a little more! To contribute please visit:

Midsummer Music – 25 June 2022

Project 900 concert – Midsummer Music: an eclectic and varied concert of music performed by some of the ‘back row’ musicians of St Giles’ will take place on Saturday 25th June at 7.00pm. Refreshments will be served, and tickets available on the door (including card payments). Please do come and enjoy a midsummer evening of music with us, in support of Project 900.

Midsummer music from St Giles’

25th June 2022, 7.00pm

Accompanists: Peter Ward Jones and Nicholas Prozzillo

John Pusey (tower captain of St Giles’), Sara Jones, Joe Norton, Lindsay Powell

Plain Bob Triples

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Jonathan Mitchell (baritone)

Welcome

Silent Noon – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Linden Lea – Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Patrick Tan (counter-tenor), John Buckley (tenor) and Mike Geary (bass)

Mannerly Margery Milk and Ale – William Cornysh

En l’ombre d’un buissonnet – Josquin Desprez

Pastime with Good Company – Henry VIII

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John Pusey (tower captain of St Giles’), Sara Jones, Joe Norton, Lindsay Powell

Kent Treble Bob Major

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John Buckley (tenor)

A Chloris – Reynaldo Hahn

Vaga luna que inargenti – Vincenzo Bellini

Annabel Lee – Henry Leslie

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Freddy Chelsom (baritone)

Danza, danza, fanciulla – Francesco Durante

An die Musik – Franz Schubert

Au bord de l’eau – Gabriel Fauré


Register for the concert here

Nicholas Prozzillo celebrates 10 years as St Giles’ Choir Director

The cheque is presented

Earlier this month, the singers, friends and supporters of St Giles’ choirs  interrupted their Friday evening’s rehearsal to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our Choir Director‘s joining St Giles’ and beginning his transformational work. In addition to some personalized tokens of our esteem (not least a psalm composed in his honour), Dr Prozzillo’s well-wishers raised £1,525 to sponsor an organ pipe in honour of this momentous milestone.

The choir sings a specially worded psalm

As befits Nicholas’ musical tastes, the church’s organist, Andrew Patterson, purchased five pipes with this money: a G, representing our Patron Saint Giles; and then B♭, A, C and B♮, which, in German musical notation, spells out ‘BACH’. A fitting tribute – we look forward to seeing and hearing what the next ten years will bring!

St Giles Choristers learn Latin in Lockdown

During the ‘Lockdown’ period, St Giles’ Choristers learned Latin with the help of a member of the choir who teaches the language in the Classics Department at Oxford University.

After the classes were finished, the choristers duly thanked the department -in Latin naturally!

St Giles Academy is now a charity

St Giles’ Music Academy, Oxford is now officially a registered charity with its own number 1194157.

The objectives in the constitution and accepted by the Charity Commissioners are:

 

St Giles’ Music Academy seeks to provide music education for young people, aged 6 to 18 who reside in Oxfordshire

 To achieve this the Academy will offer:

  • a range of music making activities, including singing, and instrument playing. 
  • organ, piano and singing tuition
  • music theory tuition for awards through recognised examination boards
  • activities that develop an individual’s skills, which will enable them to contribute to the music at St Giles’ Church and the local and wider community
  • outreach programmes and concerts