Life in Oxford apart from work…

Student life… Oxford University Degree in shared laundry systems!

I feel like a student again… The first time in the laundry room, I queued and waited about, seemingly endlessly, in the laundry area: all the machines were ready, but the users did not show up to empty their machines.  So, with some inventiveness I freed up some machines and then waited until my wash was finished too. While waiting, I tried to understand how users were able to make sense of the instructions!

washing-instructions

Choir singing

Oxford without musical activities?  No, that’s simply not possible!

Despite the full programme, I’ve managed to join the Oxford University Choir, where two British compositions are programmed this term: John Rutter’s Magnificat, as well as Finzi’s In Terra Pax. For the music lovers in the reading audience, the Magnificat is a great example of 20th century counterpoint piece, which I experience as ‘power of harmony’. Both works are great challenges for the (often young) singers! As In Terra Pax, it is Christmas music scored for soprano and baritone soloists. We’ll only hear at the final concert how it really sounds, with solists and orchestra.

I like choir singing (and have been doing so since the age of 5), therefore this is a welcome cultural distraction. Even more: we have rehearsals at different locations, through which I can admire the beautiful chapels of the various colleges… So far, the most impressive location has been Worcester College Chapel.

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policyandevidence

EU visiting fellow at the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

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