On Monday 4th January the management committee discussed our options regarding the festival and concluded that there was no choice but to cancel the 2021 Oxford Music Festival. Three of our proposed venues had already confirmed that they were no longer able to accommodate us and it was abundantly clear that COVID-19 related restrictions were likely to increase. The government announcement of a nationwide lockdown the following evening only served to validate the decision we had already made.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis we have striven to stage whatever might be possible in 2021 so it was with heavy hearts that we had to make this decision. As we have said previously, we will refund all entry fees. Those of you who have paid by cheque will get your cheque returned by post. Entries that were paid online will receive a credit on their payment card. It will take a few working days for us to process those refunds and the transfer of funds to take place so we'd appreciate your patience. If you’ve not received your repayment in the next two weeks please contact Paul Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are deeply saddened to announce the death of festival stalwart Janet Tinbergen who lost her battle with cancer on Thursday 10th December.
When the Festival was started in 1974 by Elizabeth Brazell, she asked Janet to be a music steward (at the same time as I became the official accompanist). We were both asked to join the committee the following year. Elizabeth left the area a few years later and Janet and I were given charge of the music. This included arranging all set pieces, music stewards, timetable and the prize winners’ concert. It involved a great deal of work!
Janet was the section head responsible for the all the strings classes (and guitar too for a while). Her cello Suzuki group played every year and were always a joy to listen to. She also went on to serve as Vice Chairman for a number of years. More recently Janet headed up the strings section of the Festival, received and organised all the Festival entries, helped with the complex timetabling of the Festival classes and dealt with the lost property. Janet’s excellent organisation skills helped enable all of these behind-the-scenes tasks, and in addition she continued to be a skilled steward during the Festival classes each year.
A piano was donated to the Churchill hospital and Janet was asked to arrange lunchtime concerts. These took place in the school holidays and were highly successful in giving festival alumni an opportunity to perform a short recital in different circumstances and surroundings. These concerts were broadcast on hospital radio and the Churchill hospital was most grateful to Janet for organising these events.
Janet and I became a duo and gave many recitals including a lunchtime recital at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
Janet devoted many years of hard work and enthusiasm both as a public-facing steward and behind the scenes. Her dedicated service continued to contribute to the great success the Oxford Music Festival has become. She will be greatly missed by her many friends, former pupils and festival colleagues.
It was Janet’s wish and that of her family that people should make a donation to the Festival rather than sending flowers.
the Festival is grateful for the support provided by the following businesses and organisations.