Friday 8th June 2018 1:00pm

Location: St Andrew’s Parish Church, Sedbergh


Conductor, Cellist, and Baritone Joe Davies is the conductor of the Oxford University Chorus and the Oxford University Symphonic Band. He is also Director of the Choir of the Wesley Memorial Chapel in Oxford. Joe is the founder and current Musical Director of the Ripieno Players of Oxford, who made their debut in the Holywell Music Room in April 2016. The group have welcomed such esteemed soloists as Laura Van Der Heijden (BBC Young Musician, 2012), and are looking forward to working with Jess Gillam (BBC Young Musician Finalist, 2016) next year.

Lunch icon A pre-concert lunch will be available in the Parish Room at 12 noon.

Joe is also the founder and current Musical Director of the Eden Valley Opera Company, a venture which aims to bring together students from conservatoires and universities across the country in order to stage operas of a professional quality. With this company, Joe has so far conducted productions of Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ and John Blow’s ‘Venus and Adonis’. Other plans in the theatre include MDing a production of Bernstein’s ‘Candide’ at the Oxford Playhouse in November.

Joe is Principal Cellist of both the Oxfordshire Festival Orchestra and the Oxford Occasional Orchestra and has played with International and National ensembles. He is also a regular player with the professional orchestra the Lakeland Sinfonia. Solo Cello recitals include performances at the Jacquline du Pre Centre and the Christ Church Cathedral, as well as a slot at the Sedbergh International Festival next year. As a singer, Joe has performed the Baritone solos in Stravinsky’s ‘Pulcinella’, Faure’s ‘Requiem’, and Goodall’s ‘Requiem’ with the Oxford University Sinfonietta, the Penrith Singers, and the Fellside Singers respectively.

Some other events in June 2018

Monday 4th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Kentdale Wind Quintet

Malcolm Arnold shanties, Thomas Arne, Paul Patterson, Norman Hallam’s ‘Charleston’ and more

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Red Priest

Red Priest, founded in 1997 and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil.

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Wednesday 6th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Castalia String Quartet

The Castalia Quartet was formed in 2004 when Botton Eurythmy Ensemble asked Sonia Hammond to find musicians for several performances of Mendelssohn’s Octet in London, Eire and Botton Village. From this octet came the Castalia Quartet; Julian Cann, first violin and Sonia Hammond, cello are the founding members from 2004. Since then they have been joined by Jennie Jones, second violin in 2007 and Robert Dick, viola in 2013.

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