OUS Munich – Oxonian World Premiere – Theatinerkirche

After Friedrich Nietzsche famously proclaimed the death of God back in the 1880s, can there be Sacred Music today? The Theatinerkirche München has commissioned the award winning Oxford Composer Alexander Campkin (St Catherine’s College 2002) to tackle the question.

Earlier this month (October 13-14th) saw the long-awaited World Premiere of Alexander Campkin’s new mass “Missa Magister Bone” and OUS Munich was delighted to co-host this unique event at the Theatinerkirche. Prior to the World Premiere on Sunday, OUS Munich Members had the opportunity to join for an exclusive soirée, where the opus was presented to an audience for the first time. The artist’s talk, which was chaired by P. Robert Mehlhart (Director of Music at Theatinerkirche – Blackfriars 2006) and Annemarie Grandke (Club Secretary OUS Munich – New College 2004) was most enlightening and offered plenty of space for captivating teasers of the new piece. After that, over 20 Oxonians joined Alexander Campkin and the brothers of Theatinerkirche at the Pfälzer Weinstube for a congenial evening and some further musical debate.

The World Premiere on Sunday, October 14th then indeed surpassed all expectations. As truly moving as powerful in effect, “Missa Magister Bone” swept the audience off their feet. An overwhelming success for all those involved.

Campkin studied Music at the University of Oxford, where he was Choral Scholar, Assistant Organ Scholar, and conductor of the Oxford Chamber Choir and Arcadian Singers of Oxford University.

The Soirée with Alexander Campkin was recorded by the Bayerischer Rundfunk and will be broadcast on November 5th at Bayern 2 (9pm CET). Download the podcast.

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Oktoberfest Outing 2012

About 30 Oxford Alumni donned their best Dirndl and Lederhosen outfits at this year’s highly popular “Oxford goes Oktoberfest” event at the traditional Armbrustschützenzelt. Thanks to an abundance of beer and good music, everyone was soon on their feet and dancing in true Oxford style on benches and tables.

Besides letting Oxonians enjoy the culinary and visual delights of the Wiesn, the event also offered the opportunity for some casual networking and long-overdue catch-ups. It goes without saying that our group was amongst the last to leave the tent at the end of a hugely entertaining evening.

We look forward to a fun-filled Michaelmas Term with more exciting events – most importantly our traditional Christmas Dinner to be held on December 10.

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OUS Munich – Cultural Highlight in Munich

The OUS Munich branch recently kicked off a series of events in Munich with a guided tour of Thomas Ruff’s exhibition of his art work (painting and photography) in the Haus der Kunst. Demand for this event was strong and the 30 available spots were filled up quickly. The exhibition was the first comprehensive presentation of the works of Thomas Ruff (b. 1958) in more than ten years. It showed works that had made Ruff famous internationally in the 1980s, as well as some of his more recent paintings and photographs, which all stand out for their size and technique. The tour was guided by Florentine Rosemeyer from Rosemeyer Art Advisors in Munich, who gave inspiring insight into the artistic concepts and techniques used by Thomas Ruff.

The evening was concluded with a reception at the adjacent lounge bar, the Goldene Bar, to allow for networking and the reunion of former classmates.

This event was only the first of a series of others that are planned until mid-2013. Within the next months, The Oxford Society – Munich Branch invites to the following:

  • “Oxford goes Oktoberfest”
  • Oxford Mass & Concert: World Premier of new church mass composed by Oxonian composer Alexander Campkin
  • Christmas Dinner with high profile keynote speaker
  • 2 additional Speaker-Events with two top managers of listed German corporations
  • Guided tour through Munich Opera
  • Valentine’s Day Event

For dates and further information please contact cornelia.schmidt@oba.co.uk.

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