OUS GLOUCESTERSHIRE

 

Welcome to OUS Gloucestershire. We are one of the largest OUS groups - with nearly 4,000 members. We typically organise at least one event a month. These are extremely varied, from the annual Boat Race party to musical events, lectures, visits and purely social opportunities.

Many events are initiated by members themselves, which we strongly encourage. Membership is not limited to those living in the county - if you have Gloucestershire connections but live elsewhere please feel free to join - and our events often take place in the neighbouring counties and in London.

If you'd like to join and receive information about forthcoming events, or if you have any suggestions for future events please email Group Secretary Sam Tolley. We'd love to hear from you. 

The committee:

The most recent Annual General Meeting took place at Brockworth Court on 26 September 2021. The present committee, listed in the table below will continue for one more year to help restart the programme of the society. Anyone else interested in helping the committee is encouraged to make contact at any time. Please use the address: gloucestershire@ousoc.oxon.org.

Name

Role

College

Matriculation

Sam Tolley

Chairman

St Hugh's

1987

Julian Sternberg

Secretary

Pembroke

1965

Andrew Mitchell

Treasurer

St Catherine's

1985

Frank Smith

Honorary President

University

1956

Robert Dibley

Committee Member

New

1985

Aidan Rose

Committee Member

Keble

1976

Katharine Prynne Committee Member St Hugh's 1984
Katie Poole Committee Member Keble 2001

 

 

3 December 2022 - Monteverdi Vespers with the Standish Consort
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Come and join fellow Oxford and Cambridge alumni at this wonderful musical event - the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at Holy Trinity church, Trinity Road, Stroud, GL5 2HX. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £15 / Under 18s £5 / Under 12 free

There is a small booking fee which goes to ticket source, and we welcome any donations to support the group.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

The Standish Consort was established in 2022 and is a chamber choir of around 20 singers, drawn from Oxford and Cambridge alumni in Gloucestershire and their friends. The choir is directed by Mark Wilson who also directs music at Pembroke and is a Countertenor Stipendiary Clerk at Magdalen. He leads Ensemble La Notte, who specialise in Baroque music and will accompany the consort in this performance.

Performers:

  • Martina Augsburg (Soprano)
  • Jennifer Thorn (Soprano)
  • David Emerson (Tenor)
  • Ed Harrison (Tenor)
  • Thomas Chevis (Bass)
  • John Davis (Bass)

The Consort will be giving an historically informed performance, which will see the use of historical instruments, including but not limited to cornetts, sackbuts, dulcian and theorbo. We will also be using historically accurate approaches to the tempi and key signatures throughout. With baroque ‘Special Effects’ such as echo tenors, choirs of angels and 10-part antiphonal choral singing, we can’t wait to welcome you into a small slice of baroque Italy, brought to Gloucestershire this Advent (mulled wine and mince pies are also available).

17 December 2022 - Christmas Carol Service at St Nicholas', Standish 4pm

 

standishconcert carol service

All are welcome. The choir plans to sing a number of pieces including a Christmas composition by Thomas Chevis (Magdalen and Standish Consort singer). The event will be free, no booking required, but there will be a collection for the church who have so warmly welcomed the choir.

2023 - Looking ahead: Save the date

Boat Race Sunday 26th March
Standish Consort Easter Concert 1 April 2023 - music to include Allegri's Miserere and Faure's Requiem, Byrd, Cartmell, Lotti and Purcell
Severn Bore, dates to be confirmed
Theatre
Outreach and lectures

We are also working on a number of other events, many of which were discussed at the AGM

If you are not receiving e-communications from the group, but would still like to attend an event, please email the secretary so that we can verify your correct contact details. We don't want you to miss out!

To register contact OUS Gloucestershire

30 September 2022 - Theatre

This performance of "The Girl on the Train" was at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester. There was a group dinner beforehand. The evening was highly appreciated, and a few of the group suggested that we should return to this theatre at a later date for another play.

24 and 25 September 2022 - Vivaldi Gloria and Evensong in Oxford

We had a successful trip to Oxford and were supported by friends, family and alumni, we hope to repeat this in future years and are currently looking into a residency in Cambridge and a tour in Italy. The choir stayed at Christ Church, ran a Vivaldi Gloria workshop at St Hugh's and sung evensong at Merton and Pembroke, as pictured below. There was also a lot of fun, much eating and a deal of drinking. Let us know if it's something you might like to be part of in the future.

OUS Gloucestershire: Singing Vivaldi in Oxford

The programme for the two days was as follows: 

Standish Consort - Oxford Programme
24th-25th September 2022
Come and Sing! - Vivaldi Gloria

24th September - St Hugh’s College Chapel
9:30am – 1pm – Come and Sing
1pm-2pm Lunch
Bring your own score
Come and Sing £15; Lunch £10

 

Pembroke College Chapel - Evensong
5:30pm 24th September 2022
Introit: O Nata Lux, Tallis
Responses: Tomkins
Psalm: Plainsong psalm 24
Canticles: Gibbons 2nd service
Anthem: Ave Virgo Sanctissima, Guerrero

Merton College Chapel - Evensong
5:30pm 25th September 2022
Introit: O Nata Lux Tallis
Responses: Tomkins
Psalm: 135
Canticles: Noble in Bm
Anthem: Insane et Vanae Curae, Haydn

21 September 2022 - New Oxford Student Event

The committee invited all of Gloucestershire's 2022 Freshers 'New Oxford Students' to join us in September to welcome them to our group. They are very excited to be members and are keen to help with access and outreach in the future. Here's a photo of those who made it to the event.

OUS Gloucestershire new Oxford student event

 

4 September 2022 - Annual General Meeting with Extra Tours

A group of about 20 alumni enjoyed a full day of activities consisting of visits to Berkeley Castle and Dr Jenner's House, lunch, and an Annual General Meeting. At the AGM there was a fruitful discussion about the future events programme, and two new committee members were elected.