Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Dream of Gerontius - a new setting at the Oxford Oratory

On Saturday May 12th there will be another opportunity to hear Julien Chilcott-Monk's new musical setting of Bl. John Henry Newman's Dream of Gerontius in aid of the Oxford Oratory Appeal in the Oratory church at 7.30 p.m. This new presentation of the work follows on from its premiere at Christ Church last autumn.


The solo voices are those of the distinguished actor Robert Hardy as The Soul/Gerontius and Neil Nisbet as the Guardian Angel. The choir of assistants, angels and demons is provided by Vox Humana.

Tickets are available from the Oxford Playhouse and on the door on the evening at a cost of £10. Every pound buys a brick!

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