'In Pace'
St John's College, Oxford
12th September 2018 at 7.30pm
Sung by the Festival Consort. Many of these singers sing in the finest choirs of Oxford and London.
Tickets £12 (£10 Concession), Children free
Tickets available on the door or book in advance by emailing enquiries@theoxfordchoralfestival.com
Photo by Flckr User Kathryn (CC BY-SA 4.0)
The Oxford Choral Festival celebrates the city’s rich and diverse choral heritage, established to provide an exciting glimpse into the musical world behind the University’s hallowed walls to those visiting outside of University Term. Keep an eye out for exclusive dates where we shall throw open the gates of Oxford’s finest music venues and invite you to step inside for an unforgettable musical experience.

Next up through the key-hole:

Back by popular demand! Wednesday 12th September, 'In Pace' - step inside St John's Chapel to be treated to a feast of English delights from the respected quills of Gibbons, Byrd and Purcell.


Introducing our Artistic Directors

David Bannister is an Oxford based conductor, combining the posts of Choir Director at St John’s College and Master of the Music at Pusey House. He is also Organist to the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford.

He is the Artistic Director of Vespri Segreti, a professional Oxford based vocal ensemble which exists to perform a wide range of early and contemporary repertoire.

David has performed and recorded with a wide range of groups including, amongst others, The King’s Singers, Charivari Agréable, the Choir of Merton College, the Choir of Magdalen College, and has premiered works ranging in style from Johann Pachelbel to Hannah Kendal.

He is passionate about our rich European choral heritage and is excited that the Oxford Choral Festival is able to present high quality performances in inspiring venues to visitors in the summer months.
Sebastian Thomson was a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford before moving to Harrow School with the top music scholarship. Sebastian studied at Bristol University before holding positions at Chichester Cathedral, St Matthew's Church Northampton, Eton College and most recently, Bloxham School.

Currently, Sebastian continues to pursue a freelance career as a choral conductor and organist based in Oxford. Having studied the organ with David Goode and David Briggs, he is in demand as both a recitalist and an accompanist. His recent solo engagements include recitals at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, King’s College Cambridge, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Sebastian has made appearances as a performer and speaker on local and national television and radio. Whilst Acting Assistant Organist at Bath Abbey, Sebastian accompanied the Abbey Choir for their Christmas Day service on BBC Radio 4. He was also invited to play at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, in 2017. Sebastian is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and a prize winner in the Choral Training Diploma examination from the College.

Sebastian is gaining a reputation for commissioning new works. The Angels of Creation Commissions are a collection of organ works composed for and premiered by Sebastian. So far, David Bednall, Simon Whalley, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Neil Cox, John Hosking, Daniel Saleeb and Francis Pott have written for this project. His recent CD "Angels of Creation" received a 5 star review in Choir and Organ publication and awarded "Editor's Choice" in Organists' Review.