Season 2019/2020

This season we are performing

Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH

Our conductor Robert Dean enthuses:

“Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece Elijah has never lost its place in choral singers’ affections since its premiere in Birmingham town hall in 1846. It depicts biblical events in the prophet’s life as told in the Old Testament. One dramatic episode follows another with stirring and consistently inspired music, the chorus being very much the participants either as starving Israelites, followers of Baal, courtiers of Queen Jezebel or commentators. It is music, truly operatic in scale and vivid in its storytelling.”


The Workshop on 9th November, under Robert’s expert and enthusiastic guidance and James Brown’s accompaniment, was – as ever – a huge success.


The chatter during coffee and tea breaks reflected singers’ enjoyment of a challenging but hugely rewarding day.


The Concert will be held on Saturday 29th February 2020 in the Town Hall, St. Aldates, Oxford. Our soloists for the Concert will be:


Catriona Hewitson (Soprano): Edinburgh-born Soprano Catriona Hewitson won the 2018 Ferrier Loveday Song Prize and is a Samling Artist and Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist 2018-2020. She has recently performed in The Grange Festival production of Albert Herring; and in Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s Rinaldo. For more information about Catriona, click here.

Ema Nikolovska (Mezzo-Soprano): During an eventful 2019 Ema Nikolovska has been selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, won the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize, and been selected by Young Classical Artists Trust. Recent performances include her debut at Wigmore Hall, and singing in the final of the Guildhall Gold Medal at the Barbican. For more information about Ema, click here.

Liam Bonthrone (Tenor): Scottish tenor Liam Bonthrone is currently a Postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he recently won First Prize in the GSMD English Song Competition. He made his role debut last September as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with British Youth Opera. As an Alvarez Young Artist in the Garsington Opera 2019 Season, he performed in the choruses of Don Giovanni and as an ensemble soloist in Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. For more information about Liam, click here.

Dominic Sedgwick (Baritone): British baritone Dominic Sedgwick is a recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House. He previously trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and continues to study with Robert Dean. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2017 as Marullo Rigoletto, with further roles for the company including Novice’s Friend Billy Budd, Kuligin Katya Kabanova, Moralès and Dancaïre Carmen and Second Nazarene Salome. For more information about Dominic, click here.

How to get involved.

We have had great demand again in the 2019/20 season for Singer Membership of Oxford Orpheus. All places for soprano, alto, and bass participation in this year’s Concert are currently filled. If you want to join as a Tenor for the Concert – or have been contacted about moving from a waitlist – please click on the button below. You will be transferred to the Eventbrite website, where you should click on “Register” and make the appropriate selections from the list that will appear; then click on “checkout”, to make payment and to complete an online registration form. Your confirmation email will include all of the “joining instructions” for the concert day (but if you misplace the email you can find the same information by clicking on the options at the top left of this web page!)


You can also be involved by joining us as a member of the Concert audience on 29th February 2020!

What a phenomenon! When I looked at the audience bursting at the seams with the overflow on the gallery, it made me realise quite how far you’ve come with Oxford Orpheus and how professional it all is.

Tickets for the Concert are now available for purchase. Click on the “Buy Now” button in the box below!