The COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted live music. In-person rehearsals and concerts were forbidden, meaning music had no choice but to move online. With an admirable amount of time, passion, and effort, many of our members learnt recording and editing from scratch, organising and presenting brilliant virtual performances. A collection can be found below:
Oxford University Jazz Orchestra have been the most prolific ensemble, creating dozens of videos for their OUJO Online series. In aid of NHS Charities Together, members played a range of classics in various small ensembles.
Oxford University Wind Orchestra produced a range of performances, with full and small groups, pre-recorded videos, and live premieres: in Trinity Term 2020 they played an arrangement of Antonin Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances; in Michaelmas they followed with an ambitious rendition of Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F for Military Band; and in Hilary 2021 they aired their ‘It’s Time to Dance!’ concert.
Oxford University Brass Band used their time productively, recording individual videos, live group performances, and even a track for a CD: in Trinity Term 2020 they recorded a rendition of John Marcangelo’s Clog Dance; as the only OUMS ensemble to return to live rehearsals in Michaelmas, they contributed two live recordings of Christmas carols to the OUMS Musical Advent calendar; at the end of the term, they individually recorded parts of James Curnow’s Blenheim Flourishes; and, trialling an outdoor rehearsal scheme in University Parks in Trinity 2021, they shared a snippet of Johann Strauss Sr’s Radetzky March.
Oxford University Orchestra produced two full scale video performances: in Trinity Term 2020, they played Georges Bizet’s Farandole from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2; and in Michaelmas of the same year, for a festive treat, they played Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Christmas Overture. A recording of their live Sheldonian concert in Trinity 2021 is pending release.