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ARVO PÄRT…and a Littlemore Festival

November 18 @ 8:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm


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Music at Oxford is pleased to host the UK’s biggest festival to date that celebrates the life and music of one of the most well-known and well-loved contemporary composers, Arvo Pärt.

Arvo Pärt’s musical influence has been international, far exceeding the reach we might expect of a contemporary composer. His large and varied compositional output reached its apotheosis in the harnessing of his tintinnabuli style, which, while sounding simple and pure, is a rigorously worked out technique.

For Pärt, each single note, and each single silence, matters in its own right. Pärt has now been composing in his tintinnabuli style for over 40 years, and it has proved to be a rich and inexhaustible creative source, with every work different to the last and offering a new experience to the listener.

Music at Oxford celebrates this significant contribution and legacy with the largest focus on Arvo Pärt in the UK to date, embracing a variety of artists to explore his work and influence.

They are delighted to be welcoming artists with whom Pärt has a strong connection, such as the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (their opening concert), O/Modernt and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet alongside other excellent international and local talents.

‘ARVO PÄRT…and a Littlemore’ alludes to the fact that music by a number of other composers will also be performed, alongside talks, films, and a graphic novel presentation. The title also pays homage to the work Arvo Pärt composed in 2000 for the Church of St Mary & St Nicholas in Littlemore to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Saint John Henry Newman, called Littlemore Tractus. They look forward to welcoming all those who love Arvo Pärt’s music – and all those who want to find out more – to Oxford in November.

Tickets available for each event.


November 18 @ 8:00 pm
November 25 @ 10:00 pm
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Oxfordshire United Kingdom


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