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Magdalen College School String Orchestra rehearsal for a concert later that night in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford: Photo Quintin Lake

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Emperors Heads outside the entrance to the Sheldonian theatre, Broad St, Oxford. Photo: Quintin Lake

Close-up of one of the thirteen Emperors' Heads outside the entrance to the Sheldonian theatre, Oxford. Photo: Quintin Lake

Architectural photography of the Emperors Heads, Sheldonian theatre, Broad St, Oxford. The official name for such heads is “herms”; the original accounts describe these heads as “termains”; and some people call them philosophers. But Max Beerbohm in Zuleika Dobson called them “Emperors”, and that is the name that has stuck. Each head shows a different type of beard. The present heads are the third set carved between 1970 and 1972 by Michael Black. The first set lasted 200 years, but by 1868 they were crumbling and new ones were erected; undergraduates, however, daubed these in paint, and the harsh cleaning they received caused them to wear badly, so that they could be described by John Betjeman (in his verse autobiography Summoned by Bells) as “the mouldering busts round the Sheldonian” when he came up in 1925.

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

Rehearsal of Schola Cantorum 50th Anniversary Reunion Concert. Sheldonian Theatre designed by Christopher Wren, ceiling frescoes by Robert Streater

The performance by Schola Cantorum took place in Oxford’s magnificent Sheldonian Theatre on Saturday 1st May 2010 at 8pm. The concert featured Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and The King Shall Rejoice. In addition the concert included the premiere of a new commission by James MacMillan “Bring us, O Lord God”.

James Burton, Conductor
The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment
Laurence Cummings, Organ
Schola Alumni Chorus

Team of soloists led by Dame Emma Kirkby, Soprano
Rebecca Outram, Soprano
Christine Rice, Mezzo-Soprano
Timothy Robinson, Tenor
Richard Svage, Bass
Lucy Page, Soprano
Catherine Pope, Soprano
Roya Ziai, Soprano

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James Burton Conducts the Schola Cantorum 50th Anniversary Reunion Concert

James Burton, Conductor

Schola Cantorum 50 Audience in the Sheldonian Theatre

Roya Ziai - Soprano, Timothy Robinson - Tenor, Lucy Page - Soprano, Rebecca Outram - Soprano, Emma Kirkby - Soprano, Christine Rice - Mezzo-Soprano, James Burton - Conductor, Richard Savage - Bass, Catherine Pope - Soprano

James MacMillan Composer in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford on the night of the world premier of "Bring us, O Lord God"

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010


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