Lunchtime Recitals

Each year the Church hosts a season of free lunchtime recitals every few weeks between May and November, given by professional musicians, and mainly song-based.  These are organised in partnership with a local musical group known as 'Lunchtime Recitals'.  

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11th April 2019

Ancient Greece, Romantic Opera and Art Song from France and England


Olympia Hetherington (mezzo-soprano), Annabel Molyneaux, Peter Cowdrey, Paul Molyneaux

Purcell, Mozart, Donizetti, and Berlioz; Handel, Walton, Britten, Reynaldo Hahn and Roderick Williams.

Olympia Hetherington graduated from Cambridge and the Royal Northern College of Music.  She made her professional debut in July 2017 at Longborough Festival (Magic Flute, Mozart), returning in 2018 (Ariadne of Naxos, Strauss).  In August 2019, she will sing Suzuki in Opera Loki’s production of Madame Butterfly in France and London. She toured the UK with the Merry Opera Company’s dramatic production of Handel’s Messiah.  Upcoming: Handel Dixit Dominus with the Orchestra of St John’s at the Ashmolean Museum.


13th June 2019

Gypsies, Celts and a World of Music


Jubovski (Liz Cowdrey - violin, Jub - double bass, Peter Cowdrey - piano), with Annabel and Paul Molyneaux

Burns settings, Hungarian fiddle music, Rodrigo and Albéniz, and much more

Jubovski (Liz Cowdrey, Jub, Peter Cowdrey) is a unique trio inspired by the music of Eastern European Gypsies. Blurring the boundaries between written music and improvised performance they explore how Romany performers fired the imaginations of classical composers and how classical music influenced the development of gypsy music. Jubovski also explore the roots of Celtic music (a surprisingly complicated combination of indigenous influences and Central European art music), and the many traditions that combine to produce the distinctive flavours of Spanish folk music.
Jubovski have been annual visitors to Witney Lunchtime Recitals for the last eleven years. 
Click here to watch Jubovski in full flow. 


12th September 2019


Rupert Compston (organ and piano), Peter Cowdrey (piano), Annabel Molyneaux, Paul Molyneaux

Mozart, Schubert, and the spectacular Witley Court for piano and organ by Peter Cowdrey

Rupert Compston and Peter Cowdrey play  piano duets by Mozart and Schubert alongside Peter's spectacular Witley Court for piano and organ, commissioned in 2008 for the 150th anniversary of the restoration of Handel's organ in the baroque splendour of Great Witley church in Worcestershire.


24th October 2019


Jennifer Raven (flute) and Ben Reeve (trumpet), Annabel Molyneaux, Peter Cowdrey, Paul Molyneaux

Handel, Purcell, Bach, and Raven and Reeve, composed for Jenn and Ben's wedding by Cowdrey and the Molyneauxs.

Jennifer Raven studied at the University of Bristol and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Since then she has played and recorded in some weird and wonderful places: the Brazilian rainforest, alongside a didgeridoo player, in the sea and up a tree.
Ben Reeve  was in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. One of his most special memories is playing as part of a giant samba band (painted all in gold) for the London Olympics closing ceremony. 
In 2015 Jenn and Ben responded to a surge of requests for wedding music from friends by forming Fluke, a flute and ukulele duo! When they got married in August they played, instead of dancing, their first dance…


28th November 2019

Hammers, strings and song

Misha Vishniakov (violin, viol), Liz Cowdrey (viola), Jacqui Johnson (cello, viol), Annabel Molyneaux, Peter Cowdrey, Paul Molyneaux

Mozart piano quartet in G minor; fantasias for viols by Purcell; a string trio by Borodin; and songs by Beethoven and Brahms


Jacqueline Johnson studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (Australia) and was a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Australian Opera and Ballet companies. Now in Oxford, she works freelance -  chamber music, solo, orchestral and teaching.   This year she will perform Saint Saens Concerto with Woodstock Music Society.


Liz Cowdrey Since performing internationally with world music ensemble Orbestra, Liz spreads the gypsy spirit through Jubovski trio and Cowdrey duo performances while freelancing on violin and viola. She takes music into prisons with The Oxford Concert Party, schools with Planet Birdsong, and co-leads birdsong/music walking tours in Europe with The Conference of Birds.


Mikhail Vichniakov was born in Ukraine, studied in Kiev and Royal Academy in London. His playing career combines orchestral (including BBC Scottish, City of Oxford, Bristol Ensemble) and chamber music, and an increasing affinity with Early Music and music’s origins - hence the viol.
Like Peter and Liz, Misha met Jacqui a long time ago, and is now delighted to discover that he shares with her some of the secrets of viol passion!

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