Opus Anglicanum

We give performances of our own intriguing and audience-friendly story-telling sequences. These are carefully crafted, using narrated texts and unaccompanied sung music of all kinds.

We use the full historical European repertoire of polyphony, part songs, street song, music hall and traditional song, from the present right through the ages back to the seventh century chant of the Roman church, as well as commissioning our friends among contemporary composers. The reach of the spoken texts is equally wide.

We have performed for Three Choirs Festivals (at Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester),
Royal Northern College of Music, Celebrating English Song Festival
Windsor Festival, Festival musical de Stavelot, Belgium
Berry Bros & Rudd of St James, BBC Radio 3,
St Endellion Festival, Southern Cathedrals Festival,
English Heritage, Chipping Campden Music Festival,
Two Moors Festival, National Trust, Kings Place

Our sequences have covered subjects as diverse as Shakespeare’s Sonnets, the Cornish fishing industry, Angels, Gardens, the collecting of English folk music, the Tudor poet John Skelton, the escape of Charles II,  the sinking of the destroyer HMS Duchess in 1939, and Einstein’s theory of relativity.

MUSIC - Gregorian Chant, Machault, Landini, Dunstable, John Taverner,  William Cornish, Mediaeval Carols, Purcell, Stanford, Tallis, Music Hall, Gibbons, Arne, Morley, Elgar, Noel Coward, 17th century popular songs, Palestrina, traditional English song, American spirituals, Troubadour song,  Warlock, Byrd, Perotin, Leonin, Holst, Greek church chant, Dufay, Lassus,  Josquin, Guerrero, Tudor Court song,  Bach, Poulenc, Victoria, Tchaikovsky, Russian Orthodox chant, Gabrieli, Vivaldi, Obrecht, Gilbert & Sullivan, Butterworth, Grainger, Vaughan Williams, Elizabeth Postern, Elizabeth Maconchy, John Tavener

OA HAS COMMISSIONED MUSIC FROM - Judith Bingham, Sally Beamish, Gordon Crosse, Howard Skempton, Dobrinka Tabakova, Owain Park, Peter Nardone, Patrick Larley, Sasha Johnson Manning, David Bednall, Malcolm Archer, Gabriel Jackson, Diana Burrell, Cheryl Frances Hoad

SPOKEN TEXTS - Mother Julian of Norwich, e.e.cummings, Christina Rossetti, St Edmund of Abingdon, John Synge, Peter Levi, the Katha Upanishad, David Jones, Old English (Anglo-Saxon) poetry, Charlotte Mew, Oliver Rackham, Shakespeare, Dickens, Newton, Einstein, the Domesday Book, Beowulf, Ben Jonson, Fielding, Nancy Mitford, Izaak Walton, Ann Bradstreet, Philip Larkin, Robert Burns, Carol Ann Duffy, the log of HMS Victory, a variety of private diaries and personal reminiscences, Frances Cornford, William Blake, Charles Causley, Pepys, John Evelyn, George Herbert, the Dalai Lama


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Opus Anglicanum

Patron - Dame Emma Kirkby Opus Anglicanum Trust Charity No.1083865
Michael Kuhn, chairman;
Prebendary Elsa van der Zee; Stephen Tilton; Dr Frances Hogwood; Dr John Sedgwick


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