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Thrilling ‘Arias’ for Oxfam
On the run up to Oxjam Beeston Takeover this Saturday there was still time to show that Oxjam hasn't forgotten those with a taste for the classical, with its seventh ’classical’ concert at Beeston Parish Church on 12th October. The second ‘Operatic Arias’ once again featured members of operatic quartet Il Bel Quattro, guest soprano Naomi Quant and the Oxjam Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Laing.
A packed church was treated to an evening of mainly familiar pieces, ranging from Mozart to Gilbert and Sullivan, all beautifully sung. There were quartets, quintets, solos and duets from members of IBQ. Soprano parts were shared between original member Rachel King, returning from maternity leave, and Eleanor Shaw; Sarah May May Morris (mezzo-soprano), Colin Reed (tenor) and Geoff Harbach (bass/baritone) completed the line-up.
The forty-piece orchestra, drawn from a range of local groups, had been expertly brought together by conductor Richard Laing and gave an excellent performance.
It was a wonderful eveing of superb music, thanks to the talent, skill, commitment and hard work of all the musicians. A huge thank you also to Geoff Harbach and his team for organising the event, supported by the Oxjam Beeston Team. Several hundred pounds were raised to boost this year's fundraising total.
OXJAM BEESTON TAKEOVER 2019
LINE UP NOW LIVE!
You're in for a treat - bigger and better than ever!! Enjoy!!
With 12 hours, 16 venues, 127 different artists and bands to juggle, it's been a journey!! But worth it to bring you a stellar line up of awesome music.
Inevitably there will be some tweaking before the 19th so keep up to date with the latest programme news on our website.
Huge thanks to Headline Sponsor for the third year running, The Star Inn, and host this year to, not one, but TWO Takeover stages!!
Don't forget Early Bird tickets are available until the day before and are cheaper than on the day!! Get them from Oxfam Books & Music Beeston or online at
See you there!!
NEW EVENT ADDED TO THIS YEAR'S OXJAM PORTFOLIO!!
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 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/483285 (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
After holding a very successful mini festival last year as part of the Oxjam house concert initiative, we decided to hold another one this summer.
This time we had 10 musical acts including 4 bands, 1 choir and various other individuals, duets and a trio.
Over 80 people attended the event and we had a brilliant time listening to a wide variety of music in the garden on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Lots of people donated cakes, and we held a raffle, which along with donations, raised an incredible £550!
What an enjoyable way to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.
A massive ‘Thankyou’ to all those that came along and supported the festival, and to all the musical acts:
Lost Highways, Shenanigans, Shiftin’ Sands, Red Puppets, The Rock ‘n’ Soul Singers, Mark Winfield, Alan & James Shepherd, Kath Heap and Rosina Reading.
Its hard to believe but...Takeover is 5 WEEKS TODAY!!!!
Oxjam HQ is beavering away on the exciting programme and line-up (artists please hold on - we'll be in touch with slots over the next week or so!).
For any festival goers, its TIME TO TAKE ACTION!
1. Put the date in your diary - Saturday 19th October 12pm-12am.
2. Invite your friends from Greater Beeston and beyond.
3. Consider volunteering for a few hours on the day and get a free wristband (we need around 100 volunteers to make the event happen) - please apply here https://oxjambeeston.org/volunteer/.
4. Buy your tickets for Takeover from Oxfam Books & Music Beeston or online (remember we have sold out in previous years!).
5. Start practising your dance moves for the legendary Silent Disco!!!
We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday 19th October - it's the best event in the Beeston social calendar!!!
Here's a shout out that tickets for all Oxjam Beeston events are now available from Oxfam Books & Music Beeston.
Tickets continue to be available ONLINE too of course:
SEE YOU THERE!!
On Sunday 23rd June we held a Oxjam garden party . The Unreliables opened the afternoon and lit up the audience, it was fantastic . Following , after a break of delicious cakes and drinks , came the QM Barbershop Quartet who not only sang to us but also explained how a barbershop quartet is made up from the individual voices , it was fascinating .
We raised £340 . Thank to all our audience , cake makers and not forgetting the wonderful singers for making the day a great success .
Our latest house concert was more of a garden party with Goose McCoy playing in the lovely garden at 16 Devonshire Ave. The sun stayed out and we raised just north of £100 for Oxjam.
What a special and sublime afternoon we were privileged to host in our front room on St Patrick's Day!
Local pianist Edwina Crowder took us on a journey as she performed her innovative and reflective arrangements of traditional tunes written by 17th century Irish composer and itinerant harper Turlough O'Carolan.
Friends enjoyed Irish themed refreshments in the break (it turns out that Sainsbury's have a dedicated Irish section selling goodies all year round in their Castle Marina store) and settled down for Edwina's second half where the theme of journeys continued with pieces from other composers reflecting modern music in the classical style with a folk/jazz feel - plus a little poetry thrown into the mix too!
We are grateful to Edwina for her creativity and hard work in putting this outstanding performance together, and also to friends who helped by providing photographic skills, chairs, gluten free goodies, special Irish cheeses, and emergency supplies of soda bread, as well as bringing warmth and community into our home.
We are delighted to have raised £226 for Oxfam :) .
More from Oxjam's latest House Gig at our Long Eaton outpost, chez Geoff.
This time it's Tilly Greentree - just click on the Youtube link below and enjoy!
Thanks go to local musician and Oxjam supporter Geoff who managed to squeeze 19 friends into his lounge for a fantastic house gig featuring Tilly Greentree and Steven Lai (plus an impromptu after show jam from Geoff and various members of the audience) , raising £109 in donations all for Oxfam.
Click on the Youtube link below to share in the wonderful music from Saturday night.
Big thanks all round to everyone involved in this awesome fundraising effort.
As you can see from this video we had a rather special afternoon in our lounge in January, when Phil Langran and his band played their first ever shoeless gig.
They lulled us with some beautiful harmonies and had us tapping our (also shoeless) feet to some upbeat folksongs. If only there had been enough room to dance, I'm sure we would have been jigging and reeling long into the evening.
We enjoyed a feast of treats during a well-deserved break and managed to raise an impressive £158 for Oxfam.
Thank you to all our friends for supporting the event, and thank you to Phil, Steve, Mark, Frank and Alistair for such top-notch entertainment.
On August 12th we held a concert in our garden in Newthorpe.
Shiftin’ Sands were our headline band, from the Oxjam Artist list.
We also persuaded a number of other musicians and singers to join the line-up, giving us a total of 7 different acts.
Due to the weather forecast being unpredictable we erected a number of gazebos and found enough seats for the 50 people that attended.
We provided food and drink, and with several people donating cakes, we managed to raise £300.
The afternoon was a wonderful experience, we had so many comments and e-mails from those that attended and performed, saying how much they had enjoyed the event.
Many thanks to Shiftin’ Sands and all our other acts for making the event so enjoyable.
If you like music, I would thoroughly recommend the Oxjam initiative, as it is a great way to raise money with family and friends.
Many thanks to Richard Hinsley for playing his beautiful compositions on our piano at our house concert last Sunday afternoon. And thanks to all of you who came and raised £250 for Oxjam Beeston by buyng tickets and donating for refreshments.