How is this different from other large choral societies in Oxford?
Opus 48 seeks to create a sound world comparable to the larger London and Birmingham choirs. Rehearsals will place an emphasis on vocal production, colour, text and tone. The choir will also offer its members a lively and enjoyable programme of social events. We aim to wow our audience with the vibrancy and beauty of our singing.
Why do you work more closely with a small number of regular orchestras, rather than a larger selection of better-known ones?
The better-known orchestras don't generally bring their "A-teams" to out-of-town gigs, usually resulting in a perfectly adequate, but less than perfect performance. By building relationships with lesser-known but comparably talented ensembles, we can focus on developing a meaningful musical relationship between orchestra, choir and conductor over time.
I've sung all of the big works; aren't you just repeating everything I've already sung?
Initially, Opus 48 will focus on the core choral repertoire to attract a local following, but as the choir becomes better known in the city we will branch out into more unusual and exciting works. In our summer concerts, in particular, we will explore repertoire that is more challenging and adventurous.
How can I share my passion for singing with my friends and family?
Apart from bringing them to all the concerts...? There will be several social events throughout the year to which you will be able to invite friends and family. Also, we aim to have an annual Come & Sing event so that you can enjoy a more informal day of music-making with them.