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14 June | Oxford

Mark Simpson | Charlotte Spruit | Juliette Roos
Damascus Rose Kitchen | Eliza Millett | Joseph Havlat

Welcome to Smorgaschord 2024!

We are thrilled that  we will be joined by some of the most exceptional musicians around today, and we are so excited to welcome them into our Smorgaschord community. Composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson is Artist in Focus, presenting a dazzling array of musical treats for us, ranging from his own work to a performance of Messiaen’s sublime Quartet for the End of Time.


We’re also delighted to feature award-winning violinist Charlotte Spruit, who performs a concert devoted to the music of the German Baroque. Anyone who has had the thrill of seeing Charlotte perform this music before will know that we are in for something full of detail, gorgeous imagination and spontaneity. 


But perhaps most important for us at Smorgaschord is that our concerts have a wonderful sense of joyous community about them. This year we are immensely excited to work with the extraordinary Damascus Rose Kitchen for the first time, an Oxford-based enterprise for Arabic-speaking refugee women. Planning a music festival is always so fascinating, but the highlight so far was paying them a visit to taste the food they’ll be bringing… trust us, this is something that cannot be missed!


We can’t wait to spend another beautiful midsummer’s day with you all—come join the fun!

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Chapter House, Christ Church | 22 June | 1pm 

Mark Simpson, clarinet 

Mark Simpson Darkness Moves

Luciano Berio Sequenza IX

Kaija Saariaho Duft

Helmut Lachenmann Dal Niente (Interieur III)

£15 | Students £5 | Festival Pass £45

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Chapter House, Christ Church | 22 June | 4pm

Charlotte Spruit, Baroque violin | Tom Foster, harpsichord

J. S. Bach | J. G. Pisendel Sonata for violin and continuo in C minor BWV 1024

J. P. von Westhoff Sonata for Solo violin in A minor

L. Lawall Responses to Westhoff's Sonata for solo violin in A minor

J. S.Pisendel Sonata for violin and continuo in G minor

£15 | Students £5 | Festival Pass £45

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Cloisters, Christ Chuch | 22 June | 6.30pm

An opportunity for artists and audience to come together over a delicious feast of Middle Eastern food  

made for us by Damascus Rose Kitchen, an Oxford-based social enterprise for Arabic-speaking refugee women. 

"Damascus Rose Kitchen’s story began with a few refugee women based in Oxford, who decided to unite and share their culture by preparing Middle Eastern dishes for their community. In doing so, they were able to preserve a part of the story and identity that they had to leave behind."

£10 | Festival Pass £45

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Christ Church Cathedral | 22 June | 8pm

Mark Simpson, clarinet | Juliette Roos, violin | Eliza Millett, cello | Joseph Havlat, piano | Sebastian Black, piano*

Péter Eötvös  Erdenklavier—Himmelklavier

Mark Simpson Ariel

Olivier Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps

In memory of Péter Eötvös (1944-2024)

£20  | Students £8 | Festival Pass £45

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