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TCHIP Launch Professional String Orchestra

Thanks to the generous support of the OUP John Fell Fund TCHIP are embarking on a project looking at Expressive Asynchrony in the Late Nineteenth-Century Orchestra. As part of this research project, TCHIP are launching their own orchestra to explore aspects of nineteenth-century style.


Accordes! debut performance

String Serenades by Tchaikovsky and Fuchs

5 September 2019, 7.30pm - SJE Arts, Iffley Road, Oxford

Pre-concert talk with Professor Philip Bullock at 6.30pm

Tickets available here!


Accordes! is a professional string orchestra comprised of leading performers and performer/scholars who have specialist expertise in C19 historically informed performance. This international group of performers are normally based in different locations around the  globe but are coming together in Oxford to explore innovative approaches to late 19th-century style as part of the TCHIP project.

Directed by violinist and TCHIP Principal Investigator Claire Holden, Accordes! will perform and record Serenades by Tchaikovsky and Fuchs. Five days of intensive rehearsal and experimentation will be followed by a public concert on 5 September 2019, 7.30pm at SJE Arts on Iffley Road in Oxford. The performance will be a rare chance to hear specialist performers perform these works with historically-evidenced C19th-century expression and with instruments set-up with historically appropriate (high tension) strings.

In addition to the historical research, rehearsal/ experimentation process, public concert and professional studio recording, there will also be an empirical research process led by Eric Clarke and Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey investigating performer experiences, audience responses and objective measures of the sounding outputs of the ensemble. 

In the days following the concert, Accordes!, will make a professional studio recording of both works which will be made commercially available.

Fuchs Serenade No. 1, Op. 9, Andante [excerpt]