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Composer: Oldham, Arthur (1926-2003)

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Year of birth1926
Year of death2003
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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Prom Saturday Matinee 4: English Chamber Orchestra with Ben Johnson and Richard Watkins

Ben Johnson  ©  Chris Gloag
When a programme is well put together and nicely themed, it is quite easy to turn one’s attention away from the sound of music, and onto the history of music. PCM 4 at Cadogan Hall was breezily introduced by the BBC compere as a programme marking Britten’s centenary, exploring his relationship with his peers, and celebrating his friend Lutoslawski. Yes, it did all that.
***11
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The Sixteen and Harry Christophers get ready for Christmas in Oxford

The theme of tonight’s concert, revealed the programme notes, was that of “marking time and preserving timeless values” – Christmas being a season that connects the past with the present.
****1
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