Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert 2024

World-renowned organist to perform at annual tribute concert

The 18th annual Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert will be given by British conductor, organist and pianist Wayne Marshall OBE at 8pm in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, on Thursday 20 June 2024 and will also be livestreamed online.

Mr Marshall, who is world-renowned for his musicianship and versatility on the podium and on the keyboard, will play an hour-long programme of organ works by Dupré, Laurin and Bach.

The annual concert is in memory of Texas-born scientist Dr Andrew Chamblin, an accomplished organist and harpsichordist, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2006.

Andrew arrived at St John’s College in 1992 on a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship to take a PhD after studying at Christ Church, University of Oxford, on an Overseas Research Scholarship with Nobel Prize-winner Professor Sir Roger Penrose, an alumnus and Honorary Fellow of St John’s.

Andrew studied classical and quantum gravity with Professor Gary Gibbons and Professor Stephen Hawking at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Awarded a JT Knight Essay Prize, Andrew successfully defended his thesis entitled ‘Aspects of Topology in Classical and Quantum Gravity’.

A year after Andrew’s death, Professor Hawking gave the inaugural Andrew Chamblin Memorial Lecture entitled ‘Out of a Black Hole’. The Andrew Chamblin Memorial Concert started the same year, and has been held in Christ Church Cathedral every year since.

Wayne Marshall served as Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhaus Orchestra Cologne 2014-2020, became Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in 2007 and is a celebrated interpreter of Gershwin, Bernstein and other 20th-century composers.

The memorial concert is free and can be attended in-person in the cathedral or online. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome. 

Watch the live performance when it is streamed online 

Published: 10/5/2024

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