The Oxford Trobadors are pleased to announce that Rossella Bondi will be joining them at their next concert in November. Rossella studied piano with Raffaele Ronga at the Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella in Naples. After her graduation, she became a full-time music teacher and started her performance career in both classical and jazz repertoire. She studied singing in Italy with the distinguished tenors Amedeo Moretti and Giacomo Bruccoleri and in England with the celebrated opera singers, Rhianon James, Jean Allister and Anthea Parashchak. She has made radio broadcasts and performed as a soloist and in ensembles in Italy and England. Her repertoire is increasingly focused on Neapolitan music.
Bibliotheque Nationale de France
The Oxford Trobadors international profile has been given another boost when the Voices from Oxford video recording of the groups rendition of Lo Boier was played at the beginning of a major event at the Biblioteque Nationale de France on 6th October 2012. Lo Boir (The Herdsman) is a regular feature of The Oxford Trobadors concerts.
The Oxford Trobadors were at Oxford's Holywell Music Room on 17th February 2012 with another entertaining performance to a packed house. With new interpretations of medieval trobador music and song as well as the eclectic mix of modern Occitan songs the audiance were given a "delightful programme of music".
The Oxford Trobadors were back at Oxford's Holywell Music Room this month for another "spellbinding" performance. Denis Noble and Anna Lewis captivated the audience with Arnaud Daniel's La Sestina and Ray Noble's new interpretation of Nadau's classic Los De Qui Cau added to an enchanting first half. Chris Britton and Keith Fairbairn's evocative medieval pieces for recorder and percussion and Valerie Findlay's inspired performance of Bach's Suite in G for solo cello set the scene for a magical second half with tributes to the Beatles seamlessly programmed with new arrangements of the medieval trobador songs of Jaufre Rudel, Peire Vidal and Marcabru. An evocative performance that "touched the hearts" of the audience.
Concert in Milan
Denis and Ray flew into Milan to give a Trobador concert in the magnificent Aula Magna, University of Milan on 24th June. They were joined by Alberto Minetti on keyboards, Dario DiFrancesco (vocals) and Mattia DiFrancesco (percussion). With the usual mix of modern and medieval occitan songs, spiced with a bit of jazz, the serata di canzoni occitane ended with the audience clapping in time to the Neapolitan 'O surdato 'nnammurato
Concert in Berlin
In february 2011, Denis, Ray and Bryan flew into Berlin to give a concert in the Kirche St Maria Magdalena at the invitation of the European College of Liberal Arts. The bitterly cold weather contrasted with the enthusiastic and warm reception from the audience. Another concert in Berlin is planned for the future.
"I haven't enjoyed a concert so thoroughly in a long time. The students also were thrilled It'll be a day long remembered"
"I thought the concert was great, a pleasure from beginning to end. The students really got a lot from it, and the local Pankowians clearly enjoyed the concert as well. So I felt the whole event was a great success, and I hope we'll have a chance to do this again in the future."
The Oxford Trobadors performed to another packed house in January 2011 at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford. The Trobadors were joined by Cristina Bordea (Mezzasoprano) and Radhika Chadha (Soprano) in this memorable event. The saxophonist, Helen Cope and Trobador percussionist Keith Fairbairn performed a stunning set of duets, and with a song tribute to Gershwin with Summertime and Foggy day the Trobadors produced another magnificent evening of music and song.
"Trobadors Triumphant!" "You electrified the audience another magnificent evening!" "It was wonderful!" "An enormously enjoyable evening."
"This was an intriguing, unusual evening, introducing listeners to a new repertoire of music, which was delivered by a group of versatile musicians with warmth, commitment and plenty of pizzazz. Magnificent." Review in the Oxford Times
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