Past Concerts

Below can be found details of our performances over the past few years:

Opera Anywhere, with the ISIS Chamber Orchestra
Amahl and the Night Visitors The Night Visitors

Date: Saturday 1st December 2018, 6pm
Venue: Rendall Hall, Rye St Antony school, Headington
Conductor: Chris Gill


ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 10th November, 2018
Venue: St Andrew's Church, Summertown
Conductor: Paul Cox
Horn: David Garbutt

Music:

Britten - Sinfonietta
Mozart - Horn Concerto No. 2
Brahms - Serenade No. 2
Strauss - Overture and dance from Ariadne auf Naxos

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 15th September 2018
Venue: Denham College, Marcham (near Abingdon)

Music:

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Bach - Suite No. 2 (Flute: Lorraine Jarvis)
Boyce - Symphony No. 4
Warlock - Capriol Suite

Heritage Opera, with the ISIS Chamber Orchestra
Così Fan Tutte

Date: Saturday 30th June 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: Rendall Hall, Rye St Antony school, Headington
Conductor: Chris Gill


flute ISIS Chamber Orchestra


Date: Saturday 10th February 2018 at 7.30pm
Venue: St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford
Conductor: Caroline Hobbs-Smith
Flute: Claire Edmiston
Music:

Rossini - Overture to The Barber of Seville
Nielsen - Flute Concerto
Schubert - Entr'actes to Rosamunde
Schubert - Symphony No.8 (Unfinished)

water lily ISIS Chamber Orchestra,
with the East Oxford Community Choir

Date: Sunday 15th October 2017 at 5pm
Venue: St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford
Conductor: Paul Cox
Viola: Diana Mathews
Music:

Gabriel Fauré - Incidental music to Pelléas et Mélissande
Jean Françaix - Rhapsodie for viola and orchestra
John Rutter - Fancies for choir and orchestra
Maurice Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Flos Campi for solo viola, choir and orchestra

Heritage Opera, with the ISIS Chamber Orchestra
The Magic Flute

Dates: Saturday 1st July 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: Rendall Hall, Rye St Antony school, Headington
Conductor: Chris Gill


ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 13th May 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: All Saints Church, Marcham (near Abingdon)
Conductor: Chris Gill
Flute: Rachel Wright
Clarinet: Ruth Foxman

Music:

Vaughan Williams - Two Hymn Tune Preludes (Dominus regit me, Eventide) for small orchestra
Danzi - Sinfonia Concertante for flute, clarinet and orchestra
Grieg - Holberg Suite
Haydn - Symphony no. 80

Poster

This was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of the Marcham Community Group.

ISIS Chamber Orchestra
Date: Saturday 11th February 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: St Michael and All Angels Church, Londsdale Rd, Summertown

Conductor: Paul Cox
Violin: Jake Rea
Music:
Gluck - Overture Iphigénie en Aulide
Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto
Beethoven - Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra
Beethoven - Symphony No.8

This concert was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of Water Aid.

Alex, playing the 'cello It was also dedicated to Alex Harper, who died suddenly on Thursday 3rd November 2016. Alex was not only a stalwart of the 'cello section, but also secretary of the Isis Chamber Orchestra for many years, and an encyclopaedic source of information on all things musical, very helpful when it came to selecting programmes for our concerts. In recent years he also successfully conducted two of our concerts: in May 2016, and in May 2014, the latter of which included Haydn's Symphony No. 45, The Farewell. We will miss you enormously, Alex.

Mozart ISIS Chamber Orchestra,
with the East Oxford Community Choir

Dates & Venues:
Saturday 15th October 2016 at 7.30pm, at St Michael and All Angels Church, Lonsdale Rd, Summertown
Sunday 16th October 2016 at 4pm, at St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford

Conductor: Paul Cox
Music:

Mozart - Magic Flute overture
Mozart - Symphony No. 31
Mozart - C minor mass K427

This concert was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of UNICEF.

Heritage Opera, with the ISIS Chamber Orchestra
Don Giovanni

Date: Saturday 25th June, 2016, 7.30pm
Venue: Rye St Antony school, Headington
Conductor: Chris Gill

Review of the performance from BehindTheArras.com

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 14th May, 2016, 7.30pm
Venue: All Saints Church, Marcham (near Abingdon)
Conductor: Alex Harper
Music:

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel - Concerto grosso, Op. 3, No. 5
Boyce - Symphony No. 8
Handel - Concerto grosso, Op. 3, No. 4
Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3
Rameau - Suite from Les Indes Galantes

This concert was in aid of the Marcham Community Group, which helps to provide facilities for the community.

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Simon Watterton Date: Saturday 30th January, 2016
Venue:St Helen's Church, Abingdon
Conductor: Paul Cox
Piano: Simon Watterton
Music:

Mendelssohn - Overture Die Schöne Melusine
Mozart - Piano Concerto no. 25 in C, K.503
Finzi - Eclogue for piano and strings
Beethoven - Symphony No. 1

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

[violoncello] Date: Saturday 17th October, 2015
Venue: Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown
Conductor: Paul Cox
'Cello: Jacqui Johnson
Music:

Smetana - Overture The Bartered Bride
Finzi - 'Cello Concerto
Dvorak - Symphony No. 8

This was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of Rosie's Rainbow Fund.

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

[headshots of the four composers] Date: Saturday 16th May, 2015
Venue: All Saints Church, Marcham (near Abingdon)
Conductor: Caroline Hobbs-Smith
Clarinet: Ruth Foxman
Music:

Copland - Quiet City
Weber - Clarinet Concerto No.2
Ireland - Suite for Strings
Haydn - Symphony No. 93

This was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of the Moldova Lifeline Project.

ISIS Chamber Orchestra Diana Mathews
Date: Saturday 7th February 2015, 7.30pm
Venue: St Helen's Church, Abingdon
Conductor: Paul Cox
Viola: Diana Mathews
Music:
Butterworth - Banks of Green Willow
Vaughan Williams - Suite for Viola
Weber - Andante and Rondo Ungarese
Schubert - Symphony No.6

Poster

Proceeds from this concert went to the Rotary Club of Abingdon's Youth Projects


ISIS Chamber Orchestra ISIS poster
Date: Saturday 11th October 2014, 7.30pm
Venue: St Michael and All Angels Church, Londsdale Rd, Summertown
Prices: £10 (£8 and £4 concessions)
Tickets: available from the Book House, Summertown, or on the door

Conductor: Paul Cox
Violin: Jake Rea
Music:
Beethoven - Leonora Overture No. 1
Dvorak - Violin Concerto
Beethoven - Symphony No.2

This was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of the Cutteslowe Community Association.


ISIS Chamber Orchestra [violoncello]
Date: Saturday 17th May 2014, 7.30pm
Venue: All Saints Church, Marcham (near Abingdon)
Conductor: Alex Harper
'Cello: Gabriel Amherst
Music:
Finzi - Romance for String Orchestra
Haydn - 'Cello Concerto in C major
Haydn - Symphony No.45 The Farewell
Britten - Simple Symphony

This was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of the Samaritans Project, India.


ISIS Chamber Orchestra French flag
Date: Saturday 8th February 2014, 7.30pm
Venue: Yolande Paterson Theatre, School of St Helen and St Katharine, Abingdon
Conductor: Paul Cox>
Piano: Simon Watterton
Music:
Fauré - Masques et Bergamasques
Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto in G minor
Ravel - Pavane pour une infante déunte
Ravel - Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)

This was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of
The Archway Foundation Archway logo.

ISIS Chamber Orchestra Diana Mathews
Date: Saturday 26th October 2013, 7.30pm
Conductor: Paul Cox
Viola: Diana Mathews (pictured right)
Venue: St Michael and All Angels Church, Lonsdale Rd, Summertown
Music:
Holst - Two songs without words
Arnold - Viola Concerto
Rutter - traditional songs
(with East Oxford Children's Choir, directed by Mel Houldershaw)
Holst - Lyric Movement for Viola and Orchestra
Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 5

Poster

This concert was a chairty fund-raising concert in aid of the Oxfordshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association MNDA logo.

ISIS Chamber Orchestra [Leopold Mozart]
Date: Saturday 11th May 2013, 7.30pm
Venue: All Saints Church, Marcham (near Abingdon)
Alphorn: Frances Jones
Music:
Mozart - Symphony No.29
Leopold Mozart - Concerto for Alphorn and Strings
Purcell - Chacony
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.1

This concert was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of the Balsam Family Project.


ISIS Chamber Orchestra [Mozart]
Date: Saturday 23rd February 2013, 7.30pm
Venue: St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford
Conductor: Paul Cox
Violin: Andrew Lack
Viola: Monica Cuneo
Music:
Mozart - Overture Der Schauspieldirektor
Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola
Vaughan Williams - Two Hymn Tune Preludes (Eventide, Dominus regit me)
Bizet - Symphony in C

This concert was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of OxPAT.


ISIS Chamber Orchestra Simon Watterton
Date: Saturday 20th October 2012, 7.30pm
Venue: St Andrew's Church, Linton Rd, Oxford
Conductor: Paul Cox
Piano: Simon Watterton
Music:
Nielsen - Little Suite for Strings
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor (K491)
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4, The Italian

This concert was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of Street Hope, Kenya.


ISIS Chamber Orchestra Alex Heeley
Date: Saturday 26th May 2012, 7.30pm
Venue: St Helen's Church, Abingdon
Conductor: Peter McMullin
Clarinet: Alex Heeley (pictured right)
Music:
Haydn - Symphony No. 26 Lamentatione
Bartók - Divertimento
Crusell - Clarinet Concerto No. 3
Haydn - Symphony No. 98, Bb major

ISIS Chamber Orchestra Roz Gladstone

Date: Saturday 25th February 2012, 7.30pm
Venue: St Peter & St Paul's church, Wantage
Conductor: Paul Cox
Cello: Rosalind Gladstone (pictured right)
Music:

Mozart - Overture "Clemenza de Tito"
Schumann - Cello Concerto
Stravinsky - Concerto in Eb ("Dumbarton Oaks")
Mozart - Symphony No. 40

This concert was in aid of the Wantage and Grove Street Pastors (the Street Pastors Initiative is run by the Ascension Trust, Charity No. 1127204).


[poster for concert] Headington Singers
ISIS Chamber Orchestra

When: Friday 16th December 2011, 7.30pm
Conductor: Sally Mears
Venue: Headington School Hall, Headington
Music to include:

Carl Nielsen - Bohemian-Danish Folk Tune
Geoffrey Bush - A Christmas Cantata
Peter Warlock - Bethlehem Down

ISIS Chamber Orchestra Diana Mathews Date: Saturday 22nd October 2011, 7.30pm
Viola: Diana Mathews (pictured right)
Venue: St Michael and All Angels Church, Lonsdale Rd, Summertown
Conductor: Paul Cox
Music:
Arnold - Four Scottish Dances
Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
Bruch - Romanze for Viola and Orchestra
Martinu - Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

[sheep near tree] Date: Saturday 21st May, 2011
Venue: All Saints Church, Marcham (near Abingdon)
Conductor: Paul Cox
Tenor: Philip Fine
Music:

Delius - On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Delius - Summer Night on the River
Finzi - Dies Natalis
Beethoven - Prometheus Overture
Beethoven - Symphony No. 6

Poster

This concert was a charity fund-raising concert in aid of the Marcham Community Group.

[concert poster] Headington Singers
ISIS Chamber Orchestra

When: Friday 8th April 2010, 7.30pm
Conductor: Sally Mears
Venue: All Saints Church, Lime Walk, Headington
Music:

Dvorak - Stabat Mater

[treble clef in notes] ISIS Chamber Orchestra

When: Saturday 12th February 2011, 8pm
Venue: St Peter & St Paul's church, Wantage
Conductor: Paul Cox
Soloist: Gilly McMullin
Music:

Prokofiev - Symphony No. 1 "Classical"
Saint-Saens - Cello concerto in A minor
Barber - Adagio for Strings
Haydn - Symphony No. 97

In Memoriam - Nicola Johnstone

Nicola Johnstone, our principal flautist, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2008 and fought bravely for two and a half years through two courses of chemotherapy and one of radiotherapy, even though she knew that the cancer was incurable and some day it would win. Her last concert was with the Downwind Early Music Consort in September 2010, an amazing achievement in the circumstances, and a tribute to her determination to keep playing.

Nicola died on 27th December 2010. She had a joyful sense of humour and her laughter will be long remembered. Nicola will be much missed, both musically and personally. This concert was dedicated to her.

Headington Singers
ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Corelli When: Friday 3rd December 2010, 7.30pm
Conductor: Sally Mears
Venue: All Saints Church, Lime Walk, Headington
Music:

Parry - Blest Pair of Sirens
Charpentier - Messe de Minuit
Corelli - Christmas Concerto
as well as a specially-commissioned composition by Samuel Pegg.

Natasha Sachsenmeier ISIS Chamber Orchestra

When: Saturday 16th October 2010, 8pm
Where: St Helen's Church, Abingdon
Conductor: Paul Cox
Violinist: Natasha Sachsenmeier
Music:

Barton - Variations on a Theme of Howard Burrell
Bruch - Violin Concerto
Schumann - Symphony No. 1

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

[bird in tree] Date: Saturday 3rd July 2010
Venue: All Saints Church, Marcham (near Abingdon)
Charities supported: The Moldova Lifeline Project
Conductor & Harpsichord: John Oxlade
Soprano: Helen Maxey
Music:

Arne - Symphony No. 4
Arne - "Morning" Cantata
Boyce - Symphony No. 4
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Bach - Cantata No. 202 (Wedding Cantata)
Telemann - Water Music

This concert raised more than £500 for the Moldova Lifeline, Send a Cow and Vila Maninga projects.

Mozart Headington Singers
ISIS Chamber Orchestra

When: Friday 19th March 2010, 7.30pm
Conductor: Sally Mears
Venue: All Saints Church, Lime Walk, Headington
Music:

Mozart - Serenata Notturna
Mozart - Ave Verum
Mozart - Requiem

grand piano ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 27th February 2010
Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford
Conductor: Paul Cox
Soloist: Mark Hooper
Music:

Finzi - Severn Rhapsody
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1
Wiren - Serenade for Strings
Haydn - Symphony No. 95

Headington Singers
ISIS Chamber Orchestra

[concert poster] When: Friday 4th December 2009, 7.30pm
Conductor: Sally Mears
Venue: All Saints Church, Lime Walk, Headington
Soloists: Kari Moffatt, Clare Morgan, Jonathan Todd, Henry Herford
Music:

Ralph Vaughan-Williams - The First Nowell
Ralph Vaughan-Williams - Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Schubert - Missa Brevis in C

[violin] ISIS Chamber Orchestra

When: Saturday 3rd October 2009, 8pm
Conductor: Paul Cox
Venue: St Michael and All Angels' Church, Abingdon
Soloist: Todor Nikolaev
Music:

Holst - St. Paul's Suite
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D major

[lark at sunrise] ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 23rd May 2009
Conductor: Paul Cox
Venue: All Saints Church, Marcham (near Abingdon)
Music:

Moeran - Sinfonietta
Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 3 in A minor, 'Scottish'

This concert raised more than £800 for the Moldova Lifeline Project.

Didcot Choral Society
ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 7th March 2009
Conductor: Robert Legg
Venue: St Peter's Church, Didcot
Music:

Purcell - Come ye Sons of Art
Purcell - Music for the Birthday and Funeral of Queen Mary
Handel - Coronation Anthems

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

[piano with keyboard swirling out of it] Date: Saturday 28th February 2009
Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford
Conductor: Paul Cox
Soloist: Mark Hooper
Music:

Mozart

Wind serenade in E flat, K375
Piano concerto no. 21 in C, K467
Overture Lucio Silla, K135
Symphony no. 39 in E flat, K543

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

[procession of oboes] Date: Saturday 4th October 2008
Conductor: Paul Cox
Venue: St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford
Music:

J.C. Bach - Symphony in D major
Strauss - Oboe Concerto (soloist Alan Garner)
Moeran - Lonely Waters and Whythorne’s Shadow
Haydn - Symphony No. 104

[violins in pendulum with quavers] ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 5th July 2008
Conductor: Paul Cox
Venue: St Helen's Church, Abingdon
Music:

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto (soloist Caroline Duffner)
Schumann - Symphony No. 3 (The Rhenish)
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Didcot Choral Society began their 50th anniversary celebrations with Fauré's tender and lyrical Requiem - written in the composer's own words "for fun" and described by one critic as "a lullaby of death". The concert also included a performance of Duruflé's Requiem, much-influenced by Fauré. The choir was conducted by Robert Legg, and accompanied by the ISIS Chamber Orchestra. Local soloists were Susan Young and Ronan Busfield.

Date & time: Saturday 29th March 2008, 8pm
Venue: St Peter's Church, Newlands Avenue, Didcot
Music:

Fauré - Requiem
Duruflé - Requiem

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

[piano with keyboard swirling out of it] Date & time: Saturday 2nd February 2008, 8pm
Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford
Pianist/Conductor: Mark Hooper
Music:

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major
Haydn - Symphony No. 83 "La Poule"
Frank Bridge - Suite for Strings
Lennox Berkeley - Windsor Variations

Opera Anywhere
ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 10th November 2007
Venue: Sunningwell Church
Music:

Gracie, Finzi, Haydn

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 6th October 2007
Conductor: Paul Cox
Venue: St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford
Music:

Gounod - Petite Symphonie
Saint-Saens - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (soloist Cristian Persinaru)
Saint-Saens - Havanaise
Beethoven - Symphony No. 4

[Creation poster] Didcot Choral Society
Headington Singers
ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 7th July 2007
Conductors: Robert Legg and Sally Mears
Venue: Dorchester Abbey
Music:

Haydn - Creation
(soloists Pippa Goss, Margaret Cooper, Jonathan Bungard, Henry Herford)

Didcot Choral Society
ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 31st March 2007
Conductor: Robert Legg
Venue: Cockcroft Hall, Didcot Girls' School
Music:

Kresadlo - Missa Glagolitica
Dvorak - Mass in D major

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 3rd February 2007
Conductor: Neil Farrow
Venue: Silk Hall, Radley
Music:

Borodin - In the Steppes of Central Asia
Grieg - Holberg Suite
Grieg - Piano Concerto (soloist Anthony Williams)
Borodin - Symphony No. 3

ISIS Chamber Orchestra

Date: Saturday 30th September 2006
Conductor: Paul Cox
Venue: St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford
Music:

Dvorak - Suite Poetique
Berkeley - Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila (soloist Claire-Louise Lucas)
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7