Oxford Christmas Light Festival at the Weston Library

20 November 2015 5.00pm 10.15pm


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (Map)


Join in with a unique reimagining of Handel's much loved Messiah by the Instant Orchestra. Reworked by Max Reinhardt (BBC Radio 3) and friends and produced by Oxford Contemporary Music, the Instant Orchestra is a music-making experience formed by whoever turns up to perform on the night - all experienced and totally inexperienced musicians, virtuosos and everyone in between welcome. No experience or rehearsal necessary!

Handel's original conducting score of Messiah will be on display during the evening.

If you want to play and want to find out more please email info@ocmevents.org but there will be plenty of room to turn up and play on the night.

The Weston Library café will be serving festive mulled cider and mince pies, while the Bodleian's traditional printing press will be working throughout the evening offering the chance to create a unique souvenir print. The Zvi Meitar Bodleian Libraries shop will also be open selling beautiful seasonal gifts and Christmas cards.

Outside, the Libraries' Clarendon Building on Broad Street will be lit up by a special laser show on both the Friday and Saturday 21 November. The show, called Re:action by artist Dan Shorten of Anomic Multimedia, will last for 15 minutes and take place at 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Friday 20 November, and every hour between 4.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 21 November. 

Part of the Oxford Christmas Light Festival.

Opening times
Shop and café open 5-9pm
Instant Orchestra, doors open 7.45pm, performance 8.15-10.15pm.


Admission free

This event is listed under: Performances; Free events
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