Katie Melua to perform one-off show at University of Oxford

Katie Melua during a performance at York Barbican. Picture: Simon Bartle
Katie Melua during a performance at York Barbican. Picture: Simon Bartle

CHART topper Katie Melua is set to perform original work during a one-off performance at the University of Oxford.

The singer, who had hits with Nine Million Bicycles and The Closest Thing to Crazy, comes to the Sheldonian Theatre on April 28.

It is part of the performer’s Visiting Fellowship in the Humanities Cultural Programme at Oxford.

In recent weeks, she has led workshops with student musicians to develop the work – which is inspired by Oxford historian Professor Peter Frankopan’s book, The Silk Roads.

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Ms Melua said: “I believe that songs are one of the most potent carriers of culture, human experience, and storytelling.

“I have forever felt that universities are the source of cutting edge thinking and cultural development, but rarely do I see the two playgrounds of musical artistry and academic study come together.

“The idea behind the project is to examine what it takes to write a great song.”

Students will perform alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Sheldonian.

Professor Wes Williams, who is leading the Humanities Cultural Programme, said: “Katie Melua’s Visiting Fellowship exemplifies all that is unique about the Humanities Cultural Programme.

“It brings together world-leading research and cultural practice, it offers students and young people from across Oxford the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with an award-winning singer and songwriter, and its legacy begins with the public performance of a wonderful new body of work.”

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