Choirs at FWO 2022

We are delighted that there will be not one but two choirs giving special performances at Folk Weekend Oxford 2022, the FWO 2022 Festival Choir and Rising Voices. Both choirs will be performing at the Festival Opening Ceremony at the Ashmolean Museum at 10.15 on the morning of Saturday 23rd April. See below for details of the choirs and how you can get involved.

Rising Voices

We have been given funding by the Sarah Morgan Foundation for the commissioning and performing of two new songs for choir that will help create the folk repertoire of the future by reflecting on the strange times that we are living though right now. The songs, 'Bigger Than Us' by Steph West and 'Oxford Town' by Jim Driscoll will get their first performances at Folk Weekend 2022.

 

We are delighted that Rising Voices, Folk Weekend Oxford's community choir partner, have agreed to be involved in the project and to perform the songs for Folk Weekend. They are always looking for new members, so if you would like to sing for them, visit their page on the link above and get in touch.

Rising Voices will be performing the two songs as well as others from their repertoire at the Festival Opening Ceremony.

FWO 2022 Festival Choir

As we had planned for in 2020, we are excited to present an official Festival Choir, directed by Paul Sartin, acclaimed choral director and singer with Bellowhead, Belshazzar's Feast, and Faustus.

The choir will meet for four rehearsals in the run up to Folk Weekend 2022 and will learn two or three songs to perform at the Festival Opening Ceremony.

Rehearsals

 

Rehearsals will take place at Trinity Church, Conduit Road Abingdon, on Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm.

Dates:

  • 30th March

  • 6th April

  • 13th April

  • 20th April

 

There will also be a rehearsal on Saturday 23rd April immediately before the performance.

 

Enrollment charges

 

- Standard ticket (£38) is the ‘normal’ price that we would charge for the event

- Pay a bit more (£45) is for those who can afford to, and would like to make a donation towards the event

- Pay a bit less (£30) is for those who would find the standard ticket a bit of a stretch, for whatever reason

You can purchase whichever ticket you like; you don’t need to give a reason, and you won’t be asked for any proof of need.

Access info

 

Most importantly, the choir is open to everyone and there is no need to audition. 

Buses – there are buses from Oxford to Abingdon that stop at Stratton Way which is about an 8-minute walk to the venue. 

Parking for the church is on the road.  Although it can be a challenge there is normally space within a minute or two’s walk of the venue. 

If you have mobility issues and let us know in advance, we can cone off a space next to the church to allow you access with little walking.

There is ramp access to the hall through double doors and level access throughout. Inside there is a standard disabled toilet which allows users to bring a wheelchair alongside the toilet for a side transfer. 

If you need to bring a carer with you in order to attend then please contact us for a free carers ticket. If you would like to attend but the cost is a barrier please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

About Paul Sartin

 

Paul Sartin is a prolific and highly-regarded performer and composer, and a long-time director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers (so called because they rehearse in the loft at the Andover Iron Age Museum). Through his work with the singers, Paul has been able to explore and arrange a variety of traditional English music, such as the beautiful arrangement of 'Queen of the May' in the video below.