Nielsen Symphony No. 3 | Bromley Symphony Orchestra
Jan
27
7:45 PM19:45

Nielsen Symphony No. 3 | Bromley Symphony Orchestra

Nielsen Symphony No.3
    Soloists Nicola Ihnatowicz and Oskar McCarthy

Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto
    Soloist Caroline Marwood

Strauss Suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ 

Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony (the ‘Espansiva’) is light and joyous – not ‘typical’ Nielsen at all. Its famous slow movement, which Nielsen himself described as a ‘landscape Andante,’ uses offstage solo voices to marvellous effect.

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SESSION | Festival Voices
Nov
25
7:30 PM19:30

SESSION | Festival Voices

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An evening of collaboration, featuring works by Arvo Pärt, Frank Martin and Henry Purcell.

Pärt’s Magnificat and The Woman with the Alabaster Box are illuminated by bespoke lighting design, transforming aural colours into stunning visuals.

Martin’s Five Songs of Ariel are embodied by Paris-based mime artist Jason Ribes, who transforms the role of Shakespeare’s supernatural spirit into something rich and strange.

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is rescored with electronic music by producer and DJ Nico Bentley and the Pencil Collective.

Dido: Angharad Lyddon
Aeneas: Oskar McCarthy
Belinda: Nia Coleman

Music Director: Greg Batsleer

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Buried Alive | A Festival of Sex, Love and Death
Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

Buried Alive | A Festival of Sex, Love and Death

"Tinged with cool gothic morbidity and a deft, light and effective theatrical touch" **** London City Nights

A SEMI-STAGED RECITAL OF 14 POEMS BY GOTTFRIED KELLER (1819-1890) WITH MUSIC BY OTHMAR SCHOECK (1886-1957)


OSKAR MCCARTHY (BARITONE) | ROB KEELEY (PIANO)

What would you do if you awoke in utter darkness, enclosed by wooden walls, with no one to hear your cries? This nightmarish scenario is the inspiration for Othmar Schoeck’s stunning 1927 song cycle, Buried Alive, which tells the story of a man who wakes up to find he has mistakenly been buried. Firstly he panics and hopes that his lover or a friendly robber will come to his rescue; then he begins to reminisce about his childhood, youth and first love; finally he casts his soul into eternity in an acceptance of his fate.

Brought vividly to life in a semi-staging by baritone Oskar McCarthy, Buried Alive blends Schoeck’s exquisite, colourful score with poetry by his Swiss compatriot Gottfried Keller to create an unnerving, captivating and ultimately uplifting piece of music theatre.

Performed as part of a double-bill with Created a Monster Theatre's Mortgage at A Festival of Sex, Love and Death.

Tickets available from www.buried-alive.org

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Musikfest Stuttgart | JSB Ensemble
Aug
21
to Sep 7

Musikfest Stuttgart | JSB Ensemble

Oskar performs a programme of Bach oratorio and cantatas with the JSB Ensemble, resident ensemble of the 2017 Stuttgart Musikfest.

31/08/2017 Opening concert of the 2017 Musikfest Stuttgart

Bach St John Passion BWV 245 (2nd version)

(Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann)

04/09/2017 Workshop concert

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147

plus excerpts from the choir and orchestral concert programmes

06/09/2017 Concert

Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen BWV 146
Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg BWV 149

(Conductor: Helmuth Rilling)

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Une Education Manquee | Pop-Up Opera at Holt Festival and Grimeborn
Jul
29
to Aug 2

Une Education Manquee | Pop-Up Opera at Holt Festival and Grimeborn

Oskar reprises the role of Pausanias in Emmanuel Chabrier’s rarely-performed Une Education Manquée at Holt Festival 2017 (6pm July 29th) and Grimeborn (7.30pm August 2nd).

Set in the time of Louis XVI, Une Education Manquée is the tale of two very young aristocrats who have just been married but are totally innocent of the facts of life: the tutor to whom the young Count turns for advice has spent his whole life out of the world amid books and is equally ignorant. It is only when the disappointed bride, frightened by a thunderstorm, seeks refuge in her husband’s arms that the ‘problem’ solves itself.

Music direction by William Cole, musical director of mixed-genre club night Filthy Lucre, and stage direction by Isabelle Kettle.

Pausanias - Oskar McCarthy
Gontran - Susanna Fairbairn
Helene - Christine Buras

Director -  Isabelle Kettle
Musical Director - William Cole
Stage Manager - Anna Bilson
Production Manager/projection designer - Stephen Harrison
Co-producer - Fiona Johnston

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Dido and Aeneas | Festival Voices at Latitude and Wilderness Festivals
Jul
15
to Aug 4

Dido and Aeneas | Festival Voices at Latitude and Wilderness Festivals

Oskar sings the role of Aeneas as Festival Voices collaborate with DJ/music producer Nico Bentley and the Pencil Collective to present Dido and Aeneas in a reimagined version, mixing Purcell’s iconic score with an injection of bespoke electronic dance music.

This brand new version of one of opera’s most famous works blurs the lines between classical and contemporary performance in exhilarating fashion. Featuring a live baroque ensemble, eleven vocalists and a dose of playfulness, this cross-genre collaboration challenges conventions and inspires the imagination.

July 15th - Latitude Festival
August 4th - Wilderness Festival

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Mozart and Puccini | Hounslow Symphony Orchestra
Jul
8
7:30 PM19:30

Mozart and Puccini | Hounslow Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 8th July 2017

St. Mary’s Church, Osterley Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4PW

A Night at the Opera

A selection from:

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Puccini: La Bohème

Sofia Troncoso, soprano
Charlotte Schoeters, soprano
Laurence Panter, tenor
Oskar McCarthy, baritone

Rossini: Overture from The Barber of Seville
Mozart: Overture from The Magic Flute
Schubert: Symphony No 5

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Cosi fan tutte | London young sinfonia
Jun
16
to Jun 23

Cosi fan tutte | London young sinfonia

Oskar sings the role of Don Alfonso in three performances of Cosi fan tutte with London Young Sinfonia, in a production directed by Rebecca Meltzer.


Fiordiligi - Milly Forrest
Dorabella - Bethany Horak-Hallett
Guglielmo- Arthur Bruce
Ferrando - Guy Withers
Despina - Klaudia Korzeniewska
Don Alfonso - Oskar McCarthy

Director - Rebecca Meltzer
Conductor - Bertie Baigent
Producer - Joe Forrest

Saturday 17 June at 7.30pm
St Michael and all Angels Church, Bedford Park

Sunday 18 June at 6pm  
St Marylebone Parish Church

Saturday 24 June at 5pm (this performance includes an hour-long dining interval)
Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ

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Mahler Eight | Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme
Apr
28
to Apr 29

Mahler Eight | Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme

Special concert 30th Anniversary Palau de la Música

Gustav Mahler Symphony nº 8 in E flat major “Symphony of a thousand”

Riccarda Merbeth, soprano
Julia Novikova, soprano
Ofelia Sala, soprano
Theresa Kronthaler, mezzosoprano
José Antonio López, baritone
Nicolai Schukoff,tenor
Bass to be announced

COR DE LA GENERALITAT VALENCIANA
PHILHARMONIA CHORUS

VALENCIA ORQUESTRA
Yaron Traub, conductor

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St Matthew Passion | Six Centuries Chamber Choir and Linden Baroque
Apr
1
6:30 PM18:30

St Matthew Passion | Six Centuries Chamber Choir and Linden Baroque

Oskar sings the bass solos in Bach's St Matthew Passion with period instrument group Linden Baroque and the 6 Centuries Chamber Choir.

Six Centuries Chamber Choir
Linden Baroque Orchestra

Peter Fender conductor
John Upperton evangelist
Jon Stainsby Jesus
Helen Semple soprano
Carris Jones alto
Ben Vonberg-Clark tenor
Oskar McCarthy baritone

The Actors Church, Covent Garden
 

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Ulla's Odyssey | OperaUpClose (tour)
Mar
22
to May 7

Ulla's Odyssey | OperaUpClose (tour)

After giving the piece's premiere in 2015 at Kings Place, Olivier Award winning OperaUpClose are embarking on a national tour of fun, feisty, family-friendly Ulla’s Odyssey.

Fourteen year old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly in her trusty sailing boat The Homer’, with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company as she navigates the high seas.

This new opera is an enchanting nautical fantasy by New Zealand composer Anthony Young and Canadian librettist Leanne Brodie and was the winner of both the Flourish New Composition Award (2014) and Opera Factory’s Composition competition (2012). The production is directed by OperaUpClose's Associate Director, Valentina Ceschi (The Elixir of Love and Dido and Aeneas for OUC) and designed by Faye Bradley (Linbury Prize Finalist 2013).

The show is inspired by Homer's Odyssey, includes live music and puppetry and is suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.

Sarah Minns Ulla
Oskar McCarthy Binnacle/Garibdis
Flora McIntosh Goddess of the Sea
Pamela Hay Sylla
Edward Hughes Cy-Ops
Ruth Whybrow Instrumentalist
Valentina Ceschi Director
Alex Beetschen Musical Director
Faye Bradley Designer
Matt Hutchinson Puppet Design

Dates

Sunday 12th February | Rich Mix, London

Sunday 19th February | artsdepot, London

Wednesday 22nd March | Stables, Milton Keynes

Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th March | Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (13.00 28th; 13.00 + 18.30 29th; 10.15 + 18.30 30th)

Sunday 30th April | Greenwich Theatre, London

Sunday 7th May | MAC, Birmingham (14.00 + 18.00)

 

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Music and the Allure of Napoleon | The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Mar
4
3:30 PM15:30

Music and the Allure of Napoleon | The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

What did music mean for Napoleon and those living under his rule? Was it entertainment, distraction, propaganda, or catharsis? Join musicologist Dr Katherine Hambridge, from Durham University, and musicians Mark Austin, Oskar McCarthy and Héloïse Werner for a lecture concert exploring how music served to project—or undercut— the allure of the Napoleonic regime: from the elegance of salons and the sumptuous spectacle of the opera, to the relentless, irreverent satire of the boulevard theatres and the enthusiasm and violence of popular song.

Attendance is free with admission.

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Music for Kenya 2017
Jan
16
to Jan 30

Music for Kenya 2017

Oskar joins the team at Music for Kenya, founded in April 2015 by his friend and colleague violinist Jessica Hall, as they travel to Kenya to deliver participatory sessions to around 1000 Kenyan children over a 2 week period. They will be visiting 4 rural primary schools, 1 special needs school, 2 orphanages and Kenya's only Children's Hospital, where they will spend time teaching the children songs, dances, games and simple instruments, ending their time there with a big community concert where whole villages will be invited to join in a huge celebration concert.

Jennifer Dyson - Flute
Kirstin Hall - Clarinet
Oskar McCarthy - French Horn/Singing
Alistair Gibson - Trombone
Caroline Pether - Violin
Joy Becker - Violin/Viola
Anna Brigham - Violin/Viola
Jessica Hall - Violin/Viola
Delia Stevens - Percussion

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Fairies from the Underworld | International Rameau Ensemble
Dec
3
to Dec 4

Fairies from the Underworld | International Rameau Ensemble

Oskar collaborates with the International Rameau Ensemble to perform a programme of Rameau and Purcell alongside soprano Lisa Rijmer at A Curious Invitation's 2016 Winter Masked Ball at the Waterloo Vaults.

Featuring arias and ensembles from Dardanus, Platee, Les Indes Galantes and King Arthur.

Tickets now sold out

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Memorial Ground | The Portrait Choir
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Memorial Ground | The Portrait Choir

The Portrait Choir commemorates the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in special out-of-hours performances of David Lang’s new choral work Memorial Ground (commissioned by 14 – 18 NOW and East Neuk Festival).

The choir will be joined by the young singers of south London’s Pembroke Academy of Music (PAM) Community Choir and homeless chorus, The Choir with No Name, for a promenade concert through the first floor galleries, where early 20th century portraits so relevant to this wartime period are on display.

The Portrait Choir will also sing Sir Hubert Parry’s elegiac Songs of Farewell and poet Jackie Kay will read her poem Private Joseph Kay, part of the Fierce Light poetry collection specially commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers’ Centre Norwich.   

Free tickets available here

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Musical Rumpus: Catch a Sea Star | Spitalfields Music
Oct
31
to Dec 10

Musical Rumpus: Catch a Sea Star | Spitalfields Music

Spitalfields Music presents Catch a Sea Star, a revival production from the award-winning Musical Rumpus series of interactive music theatre performances for 0-2.5 year olds. Catch a Sea Star takes music from the ‘Coffee’, ‘Peasant’ and ‘Hunting’ cantatas by JS Bach, woven into a music theatre narrative and performed by two singers, and three instrumentalists.

Zoe Palmer (Director)
Sam Glazer (Musical Director, Arranger and Cello)
Sophia Lovell Smith (Designer)
Lauren Zolezzi (Soprano)
Oskar McCarthy (Baritone)
Naomi Burrell (Violin)
Hannah Bell (Violin)

Touring to libraries and community centres in East London, the National Theatre Mannheim and Spitalfields Music Winter Festival 2016. Full tour details available at www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk.

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Songs and Dances of Death + Retreats and Advances (world premiere) | London Month of the Dead
Oct
22
to Oct 23

Songs and Dances of Death + Retreats and Advances (world premiere) | London Month of the Dead

A Candlelit Concert in Brompton Cemetery

7:30pm | Saturday 22nd October and Sunday 23rd October 2016

Oskar McCarthy and Rob Keeley collaborate to perform a brand new in-the-round staging of Modest Mussorgsky's 'Songs and Dances of Death', with movement direction by Rachel Drazek, alongside three short works for solo piano by Alexander Scriabin and the world premiere of Gramophone Award winning composer Robin Holloway's new trio of songs 'Retreats and Advances' (written to poems by A.S.J Tessimond).

Programme

"Retreats and Advances" - music by Robin Holloway, words by A. S. J. Tessimond (world premiere)

1. 'Black Monday Lovesong'
2. 'After attempted escape from Love'
3. 'Two Men in a Dance Hall'

Three works for solo piano - music by Alexander Scriabin

1. Deux poèmes op 32
2. Deux Morceaux op 57: Désir: Caresse dansée
3. Vers la flamme: poème op 72

“Songs and Dances of Death” - music by Modest Mussorgsky, words by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov (English translation by Marion Farquhar)

1. 'Lullaby'
2. 'Serenade'
3. 'Trepak'
4. 'Commander-in-Chief'

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Duet | Re:Sound Music Theatre
Oct
16
to Nov 3

Duet | Re:Sound Music Theatre

Duet

A new play by Katharine Armitage with music by Robert Schumann

“The most interesting thing about the musical genius that is Schumann is that there are two of them…”

In spite of opposition, Robert Schumann marries his beloved Clara. Their wedding party is one to remember and, as the anniversaries go by, the couple are determined to keep the magic and music of that occasion alive. However, although Clara and Robert return each year to the drinking house where they celebrated their union, nothing else in their lives remains the same. Each return visit seems to tear them apart; jealousy, frustration, revolution, insanity, family and music strain their relationship to breaking point. Has the Schumanns’ harmonious duet become two discordant musical lines?

Join Robert and Clara Schumann in an evening of song and celebration, despair and love as they sing their way through the years and invite you into their glorious yet deeply human story.

An interactive theatrical experience weaving together the lieder of Robert Schumann with an original script from the company who brought you After Party.

TOUR DATES

16th October, 9.45pm, Oxford: King’s Arms, 40 Holywell Street, OX1 3SP
This event is FREE! Book your FREE tickets here or try your luck on the door…

17th October, 9.45pm, Oxford: King’s Arms, 40 Holywell Street, OX1 3SP
This event is FREE!  Book your free tickets here or try your luck on the door….

24th October, 9.45pm, Oxford: King’s Arms, 40 Holywell Street, OX1 3SP
This event is FREE! Book your FREE tickets here or try your luck on the door…

28th October, 8pm, Manchester: Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, M13 9RD
Ticket details coming soon

2nd November, 7.30pm, London: Wilton’s Music Hall Cocktail Bar, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB
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3rd November, 7.30pm, London: Wilton’s Music Hall Cocktail Bar, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB
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CAST
Eloise Irving
Olivia Clarke
Oskar McCarthy
Rod Morris

CREATIVES
Writer: Katharine Armitage
Director: Sophie Gilpin
Producer: Kate Smith
Musical Director: Peter Foggitt
Designer: Lizzie Leech

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Workshops at the International School of Dramatic Corporeal Mime, Paris
Sep
12
to Sep 23

Workshops at the International School of Dramatic Corporeal Mime, Paris

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Oskar participates in a fortnight of workshops in mime and physical theatre under teachers Ivan Bacciochi and Natalie Stadelmann at the International School of Dramatic Corporeal Mime in Paris. The programme includes:

  • Work on the fundamental principles of Corporeal Mime
  • Base techniques, physical articulation
  • Counterweights, physical drama, dynamo rhythms
  • Work on displacement of the body in space (character walks)
  • Stylised walks
  • The study of dynamic figures to sensitise participants to a work on form and rhythm
  • Segmentation and work on rhythm of studied characteristics
  • Improvisation and semi-improvisation
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Une Education Manquee | Pop-Up Opera
Aug
6
2:45 PM14:45

Une Education Manquee | Pop-Up Opera

Oskar produces and performs the role of Pausanias in an exclusive production of Emmanuel Chabrier’s rarely-performed Une Education Manquée for Wilderness Festival 2016.

Set in the time of Louis XVI, Une Education Manquée is the tale of two very young aristocrats who have just been married but are totally innocent of the facts of life: the tutor to whom the young Count turns for advice has spent his whole life out of the world amid books and is equally ignorant. It is only when the disappointed bride, frightened by a thunderstorm, seeks refuge in her husband’s arms that the ‘problem’ solves itself.

Designed specifically for the festival with music direction by William Cole, musical director of mixed-genre club night Filthy Lucre, and stage direction by Herald Angel Award winner Jack Furness.

Pausanias - Oskar McCarthy
Gontran - Monica McGhee
Helene - Christine Buras

Director - Jack Furness
Musical Director - William Cole
Co-producer - Fiona Johnston

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The Ecstasies Above | Festival Voices
Jul
16
10:30 AM10:30

The Ecstasies Above | Festival Voices

Oskar returns to Latitude Festival to perform Tarik O'Regan's exhilarating work The Ecstasies Above as part of Festival Voices.

DJ Nico Bentley, 16 singers, a string quartet and a company of dancers led by choreographer Lily Howkins have been brought together to create this unique presentation for Latitude. Exploring the visceral and intellectual crossover between classical music and electronica, this unique experience will enlighten, surprise and stir the ecstasies within.

The Ecstasies Above was commissioned by Yale Institute Of Sacred Music and premiered by Yale Schola Cantorum in 2007. Directed by Gregory Batsleer, Louis Hartshorn and Tania Harrison.

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