Oxford Latvian Society

Cambridge Baltic Conference 2014

10-11 October 2014


The Oxford Latvian Society would like to thank all the involved organisers and guests of the Cambridge Baltic Conference for a fantastic event. The Conference will no doubt serve as the start of many discussions on education in the Baltic states and beyond, as well as mark the beginning of new endeavours among the students, professionals and academics that attened the conference this year.


The conference was jointly organised by the Cambridge University Lithuanian Society, Cambridge University Latvian Society, Cambridge University Estonian Society and also with the help of Oxford Latvian Society.





Photo: Professor Mārcis Auziņš speaking at the Cambridge Union Society during the Cambridge Baltic Conference 2014


Recital with tenor Mārtiņš Šmaukstelis and pianist Ieva Caune

17 May 2014


The Oxford Latvian Society was proud to welcome tenor Mārtiņš Šmaukstelis and pianist Ieva Caune at the Holywell Music Room on 17 May 2014. Mārtiņš Šmaukstelis ( is a third year student at the Royal Academy of Music studying under Neil Mackie and has performed with the Royal Garsington Opera. Ieva Caune ( is a third year student at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance studying under Elena Riu and has taken home prizes from competitions both in the UK and Latvia.


Together they performed pieces by such classic Latvian composers as Arvīds Žilinskis, Alfrēds Kalniņš, and Emīls Dārziņš. Ieva Caune also performed solo pieces by Lūcija Garūta and a more contemporary piece by Ēriks Ešenvalds.


Oxford goes Latvian!

19 February 2013


That’s true! I don’t know when was the last time something like this was allowed to take place in the truly historic Holywell Music Room in Oxford, but this time it really is being warmly welcomed! What I am talking about is the recital of purely and exclusively Latvian piano music that will happen there on 1 March 19h30. I am very grateful to James Soper, the president of Oxford Latvian Society, who came up with such an idea! Since it’s my passion to introduce my audiences to brilliant new music, this is just the right thing for my sweet tooth, all the more so by being a chance to investigate what good my compatriots have created over the past century or so.


And it’s for free, if you want to know. Tickets are free, or, rather, there won’t be any tickets! Hurrah! Long live free entry!


So here’s what I’m preparing for it:


Jazeps Vitols’ Variations on a Latvian folk-song – a monumental work; his Sonatina – excellent, concise writing with Straussian and Rachmaninovian overtones; his famous Song of the Waves coupled with another sea piece.


Then an incomparable piece by G.Pelecis dealing with the joy of traditional winter-solstice feast. Then two miniatures by P.Vasks and I.Zemzaris. And last but by no means least, Kenins’ portrait of Schumann, and of himself, and of humanity in general, may I say?


Here’s the place on googlemaps. See you there!






Oxford Latvian Society founded

4 May 2012


Oxford Latvian Society was founded by James Soper on May 4th, 2012. The ceremony was attended by the Latvian Ambassador to Great Britain Eduards Stiprais and the British Ambassador to Latvia Andrew Soper.

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