Baroque / Classical
Heather Birt plays on a freelance basis with the following groups:
Academy of Ancient Music
The Gabrieli Consort
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
The King’s Consort
Musical and Amicable Society
OXUS is an exciting, vibrant and accomplished string quartet, specialising in contemporary repertoire and giving regular recitals and workshops in schools and colleges. Recent performances include recitals at the Holywell Music Room and at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, London.
The Blagrove Quartet concentrates on core classical repertoire. It is a community spirited string quartet, giving concerts in aid of charity.
Serenata is a string quartet specialising in music for weddings, parties and functions.
The Boxbury Trio is committed to exploring and performing repertoire from the piano trio canon.
Minerva is a flexible chamber ensemble focussing chiefly on baroque and classical repertoire, involving period harps, flutes and recorders, with ‘a brilliant virtuosic display of rhythms and astonishing technique’, ‘subtle sounds’ and ‘passionate interpretation’ (Eastern Daily Press). Minerva gives performances not only in concert and recital halls, but also at private weddings and parties.
Allen Beechey’s Bright Stars of Jazz is a highly successful seven piece jazz band that ‘has taken the classic jazz scene by storm’. The ensemble is in great demand for clubs and jazz festivals nationally and internationally. Bright Stars album
Bridging the Gap was ranked in the top 25 CD recordings of 2002 by Jazz Review Magazine.
John Petters Swing Band plays new quintet arrangements of repertoire from the Swing Band era, catering for a young audience keen to experiment with Jump Jive dancing.
Belle Musette plays traditional French café music on accordian, bass and guitar. Foxtrots and tangos are combined Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet songs and other popular tunes from bygone Paris.
Oxford Lent Concerts
The Oxford Lent Concerts began in 2006 with a full performance of the Biber Mystery Sonatas spread over six weeks during Lent, in the Queens College Chapel, Oxford. For each concert an artist created a modern-day ‘Icon’ to resonate with the themes being explored in the music. Heather and various other local baroque musicians performed in these events, which proved a huge success, and by popular demand she has helped to organise a concert series during Lent every year since. The musicians and artists, and everyone else involved give their time freely, and all proceeds are given to charity.