About

The Oxford Spezzati was formed in 2002 by Nicholas Mumby and Henry Capper-Allen and has been conducted by Nicholas Mumby since its inception. It is a chamber orchestra and choir whose membership comprises a number of talented young musicians, many of whom are beginning their professional musical careers. Members of the choir and orchestra perform both as part of the ensemble and as soloists, and the orchestra is lead by Richard Gratwick.

Initially, the Oxford Spezzati performed music from the Baroque era and in particular the works of J.S. Bach.  As the group has grown and developed, so the repertoire has also changed to incorporate works by composers from the Renaissance (Byrd, Tallis & Gibbons), classical (Mozart and Haydn) and 20th Century (Strauss, Britten, Martin, Finzi and Ravel).

The Oxford Spezzati has performed at a number of prestigious venues in Oxford and London, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Southwark Cathedral in London, as well as Manchester Cathedral and Worcester Cathedral.  To date, the group has also completed three international tours, including to Reims (2013) and Lyon (2011) in France, and performing as part of the Lausanne Summer Festival in Switzerland (2008).

Nicholas Mumby, Musical Director

Nicholas Mumby, Musical Director

Richard Gratwick, Leader

Richard Gratwick, Leader