Free concert to celebrate twinning links

Published: Monday, 20th March 2017

Oxford Town Hall will be hosting a free concert on Friday 24 March 2017 at 7.30pm.

Oxford International Music Night will celebrate Oxford’s twinning links with Perm in Russia, Leiden in the Netherlands, Bonn in Germany, Leòn in Nicaragua, and Grenoble in France.

Oxford International Links has prepared a fabulous evening with an exciting range of local and international acts:

  • Maki Sekiya - a virtuoso pianist trained in Russia playing pieces by Russian composers;
  • Oxford City Morris Men – who have previously participated in Oxford Week in Bonn and Bonn Week in Oxford;
  • Gwyndaff Oliver – a solo cornet player, part of the Oxford University Brass Band, who has participated in previous twinning activities in both Leiden and Bonn;
  • Pavlova Wind trio - with Simon Payne playing French and German music;
  • East Oxford Madrigal Quartet;
  • Vivace Community Choir – from Botley and Cumnor; and
  • Shillingford and Warborough Community Choir.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan, will be opening the event organised by Oxford International Links and supported by Oxford City Council.

Throughout the evening, the public will be able to find out more about twinning and future events at information stalls.

Councillor Bob Price, Leader of the Council, said “This concert reflects the vitality and range of Oxford’s international friendships. It’s a chance to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity and the superb musical talents which we are lucky to have in Oxford. We are looking forward this year to the 70th anniversary of the twinning with Bonn in May and the opening of Leiden Square in the new Westgate Centre in November. Our links with European cities are extending further through the new Oxford European Association.”

In preparation for the evening, on Friday afternoon pupils from three different Oxford schools who have been learning about our twin cities, will present their research in the form of music, dance, drama or art.

Voirrey Carr, secretary of Oxford International Links and the concert’s organiser , said: “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness of our city’s cultural links and raise funds to promote and sustain our activities for young people. I would like to thank all those who have worked together to make this event happen, including the performers on Friday night and the teachers in  our schools who have been helping young people to learn more about our twin cities.”

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