An Epiphany Festival at Worcester College

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There are a few places available on the door for the performance of Messiah: first come, first served.

Thursday 17 January

Harpsichord Masterclass

Music students from Worcester College participate in a masterclass given by the harpsichordist Julian Perkins, who is Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and Sounds Baroque. He has appeared in major concert venues including New York’s Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House and London’s Wigmore Hall, and has performed concertos with leading groups including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Northern Sinfonia and The Sixteen.

Thursday 17 January, in the Chapel. 2‒4.30pm. Free admission to the audience.

Epiphany Carol Service

The Festival begins with a celebration of the Epiphany in a special carol service of readings and music, featuring iconic choral works as well as lesser-known gems. The service opens with the famous Coventry Carol and includes hymns and carols for all to sing. Come and join us for this traditional, candle-lit service, with drinks to follow in the Cloister.

Thursday 17 January, at 6 pm, in the College Chapel. Please arrive by 5.50 pm in order to be seated. Free admission; no ticket required.

Friday 18 January

Baroque Recital at the Ashmolean

Ensemble Hesperi presents a varied programme of music from the thrilling musical scene of 18th century London, including music by leading Scottish Baroque composer James Oswald, who in the 1740s created a secret musical society called ‘The Temple of Apollo’. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this fascinating moment in London’s musical story, and to hear some rare gems of Scottish-influenced Baroque music.

Friday 18 January, in the Atrium of the Ashmolean Museum. 1-2 pm. Free.

Come and Sing Choruses from Messiah

In this special event, you become the performer as Worcester’s Director of Chapel Music Thomas Allery directs a Come and Sing afternoon working on the famous choruses from Messiah!

After your recital, you may wish to join us for a light Festival Supper at Gino’s Spaghetti House before ‘Gibbons and Gin’.

Friday 18 January, in the Chapel. From 3 pm. Recital (free to audience) at 6.30 pm. Festival Supper at 7 pm. £15 Come and Sing (only). £30 (including supper and Gibbons & Gin ticket).

‘Gibbons and Gin’: early music and gin tasting

Come along to our Friday night event to experience early music and carefully crafted beverages! This year, after the success of ‘Byrd and Beer’, we feature amazing music by sixteenth-century composers (including Orlando Gibbons) for choir and keyboard, together with a curated gin tasting.

This event is not a formal concert but presents dazzling keyboard pieces and exquisite choral music in a different light to the traditional concert setting with performances happening amongst the guests. Not heard Early Music before? This could be the event for you!

Friday 19 January, in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre. 8‒10 pm. £10 (£5 Worcester students). 18+.

Saturday 19 January

Festival Performance of Handel’s Messiah

The Chapel Choir performs Handel’s famous masterpiece, Messiah, in the College Chapel. There is a great deal of variety in this work dating from 1741, which tells the story of the life of Christ and of the prophecy of the Messiah in great choruses and colourful arias. In this performance, the choir is joined by by period instrument ensemble 1714.

7 pm, in the College Chapel. £10 (£5 Worcester students)


Sunday 20 January

Garden & Chapel Tour

See the carved dodo and unicorn, discover why the Provost’s stall is labelled ‘God’, and learn more about the Chapel’s decoration, then explore the hidden delights of Worcester’s gardens and grounds.

4 pm, beginning at the Porter’s Lodge. £5.

Festival Evensong

Join the boy trebles and choral scholars of the Choir for this special service which concludes the Festival.

5.45 pm, in the College Chapel. Free.