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The Oxjam Bee

Oxjam Beeston

Music Festival

Colin Tucker

Singer-songwriter performing a variety of covers and originals in folk/indie style

2 past concerts

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  • A Sunday Afternoon Recital

    Ever innovative, the Oxjam Beeston Music Festival this year developed a hybrid of its ‘Classical’ and ‘House’ concerts with a small-scale song recital on a Sunday afternoon.

    Nearly 60 people gathered at Middle Street Resource Centre in November where they were entertained by Elaine Chipchase (mezzo-soprano) and Colin Tucker (tenor) accompanied at the keyboard by John Wilson.

    Elaine’s choices ranged from Henry Purcell to Kurt Weill by way of some Victorian-era settings by Roger Quilter of renaissance lyrics, ending with the lovely ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square.” She also presented three songs by Samuel Barber along with musical versions of poems by Byron and Shelley set by Alexander L’Estrange, and of A E Housman set by Barber and George Butterworth.

    Colin chose songs mainly from the twentieth century with settings by Vaughan Williams, John Ireland and Benjamin Britten amongst others. He sang the well-known ‘Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair’ by Stephen Foster in a somewhat startlingly modern version from the 1980s. He finished with Finzi’s rousing setting of Shakespeare’s “It Was a Lover and his Lass”.

    John Wilson accompanied throughout on keyboard mainly as piano but occasionally as harpsichord.

    Audience members said they appreciated the variety of songs they had heard, some familiar but many for the first time. They showed their generosity and the afternoon’s profit for Oxjam was over £400.



    An Afternoon Recital: Songs for Voice and Piano.

    17th November, 3pm at Middle Street Resource Centre

    Smaller than ‘Classical Oxjam’, bigger than a House Concert, Oxjam Beeston presents another innovative event.

    Local singers Elaine Chipchase (mezzo-soprano) and Colin Tucker (tenor) present an afternoon of ‘art songs’ accompanied by singing and piano teacher John Wilson. 

    There will be a range of work by composers as diverse as Purcell, Samuel Barber, Vaughan-Williams and Benjamin Britten. 

    Tickets are £8 and include light refreshments in the interval.

    They can be bought on-line from (a 10% booking fee will be added) or from Oxfam Books and Music on Beeston High Road (from 27th September). 

    Places are strictly limited so book now for an intimate musical experience in aid of Oxfam

  • Colin Tucker at the White Lion