Classical

Bruckner Symphony Number 6

Bruckner Symphony Number 6
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 19:30

Bruckner Symphony Number 6 was for him a favourite amongst his symphonies. Composed during one of the happiest periods of his life he described it as 'cheeky' and 'bold'. It evokes joy, pain, consolation and hope and concludes in resplendent exultation.

Oxford Chamber Music Festival

Oxford Chamber Music Festival
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 14:00 to Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:00

FATA MORGANA: Musical mirage, mirrors and double identity, illusion and reality, transformation and metamorphosis, the enigma of hidden codes.. all intriguing themes that will be open to interpretation in OCMF 2017. Come and discover ‘ Fata Morgana’ with us – because nothing is as it seems..

Khatia Buniatishvili

Khatia Buniatishvili
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 19:30

Khatia Buniatishvili has taken the classical music world by storm. Praised as 'one of today's most technically gifted young pianists' by Gramophone, she makes her debut with the Oxford Philharmonic performing Rachmaninov's intensely lyrical second piano concerto.

Three great Sextets

Three great Sextets
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 15:00

Three great Sextets: The London Mozart Players, founded in 1949, was the first British chamber orchestra, and it remains alive and well. Six of their members bring a richly Romantic programme

Funmusica

Funmusica
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 15:00

FUNomusica Family Concert celebrating dance from all round the world, Alasdair Malloy and the Oxford Philharmonic spin us off our feet on a joyous journey round the globe, discovering just how the whole world loves to dance. Leaping from ballroom to barndance, salsa to samba, this concert will certainly get more than your toes tapping! Come in your favourite international dress and be prepared to learn a very unusual dance: Mr Mozart's Macarena! Most suitable for ages 4-8

Programme to include

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Chipping Campden Music Festival

Chipping Campden Music Festival
Sunday, May 14, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, May 27, 2017 (All day)

As ever, this year’s festival brings some of the world’s most exciting musicians to this wonderful spot in the Cotswolds, offering the chance to hear world-class performances in the most charmingly beautiful setting. The Festival Academy Orchestra will once again be in residence for a series of thrilling performances under the direction of its inspiring conductor Thomas Hull, complementing a wonderfully varied programme of chamber music and recitals for those looking for more intimate musical experiences.

Nocturne Live

Nocturne Live
Thursday, June 15, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, June 18, 2017 (All day)

Nocturne Live is a series of concerts taking place from 15th - 18th June, combining the talent of a fantastic line-up of artists with the spectacular backdrop of the Great Court. 

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 15:00

Franck's passionate Piano Quintet is prefaced by popular and attractive pieces; the musicians include the sought after violinist Paul Barritt and the pianist James Lisney for whose playing (The Telegraph) 'has nothing but praise'  Among chamber music's best kept secrets are the concerts organised in and around Tring in Hertfordshire; they sell out immediately. The meat of this concert after the interval with the passionate, explosive, nothing-else-quite-like-it Piano Quintet by Franck.

Quintessential Franck

Quintessential Franck
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 15:00

Franck's passionate Piano Quintet is prefaced by popular and attractive pieces; the musicians include the sought after violinist Paul Barritt and the pianist James Lisney for whose playing (The Telegraph) 'has nothing but praise'  Among chamber music's best kept secrets are the concerts organised in and around Tring in Hertfordshire; they sell out immediately. The meat of this concert after the interval with the passionate, explosive, nothing-else-quite-like-it Piano Quintet by Franck.

Beethoven's Ghost

Beethoven's Ghost
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 15:00

Beethoven's celebrated 'Ghost' Trio is a work of beauty and discovery, Shostakovich is, as ever, strident and satirical; the Liszt performance promises to be something special   Beethoven's much-loved 'Ghost' Trio is so-called because of the haunted, darkly mysterious quality of the slow movement. It's prefaced by James MacMillan's enigmatic, emotionally contrasted, but continuous, focussed fragments. Liszt's Funérailles is an elegy written in response to the crushing of the 1848 Hungarian revolution.

Mozart inspires

Mozart inspires
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 15:00

Beethoven inspired by great Mozart with delightful, contrasting Poulenc - 'The London Supergroup… playing with panache, wit and discreet sensitivity... a constant joy' (Gramophone) It's a rare treat to hear both the great Piano and Wind Quintets by Mozart and Beethoven, the former (quite supreme Mozart) inspiring the latter.

Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 20:00

'For the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning' wrote JS Bach on the title page of his labyrinthine compendium The Well-Tempered Clavier. The twenty-four preludes and fugues of Book 1 offer an inexhaustible variety of musical ideas and contrapuntal experimentation.

Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 20:00

Yefim Bronfman is championed by critics as a superlative exponent of Brahms. His sensational 2012 Proms performance of Brahms'€™s Piano Concerto No. 2 captivated London audiences and his debut at the 2017 Oxford Piano Festival performing the same work promises to be a stirring occasion for all lovers of the Romantic piano genre. Schumann'€™s Symphony No. 2, written during the onset of the illnesses that would eventually kill him, bears witness to an astonishing artistic fervour, recollecting the worlds of Bach and Beethoven while provoking a new dynasty of symphonic imagination.

Banbury Orchestra Autumn Concert

Banbury Orchestra Autumn Concert
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 17:15

 Banbury Symphony Orchestra brings together local musicians and audiences to experience the music and the unique thrill of involvement with a full symphony orchestra.
Orchestra members range from professional players and music teachers to enthusiastic and committed local players.
Regular members of our audience know that they will experience something special at each one of our concerts. Newcomers to our concerts are consistently impressed with the quality of our performances. We bring the best of the symphony orchestra repertoire to the heart of Cherwell

Alison Balsom

Alison Balsom
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 19:30 to 22:30

Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music'€™s great ambassadors, most recently receiving an OBE in the Queen'€™s 2016 Birthday Honours.

 

Ferenc Rados Piano Recital

Ferenc Rados Piano Recital
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 20:00 to 22:00

Hungarian pianist Ferenc Rados has amassed an awe-inspiring wealth of experience as performer and teacher. The intimate surroundings of the Holywell Music Room – Europe’s oldest purpose built concert hall – guarantee a magnificent setting for music by Mozart, Bartók and Schubert, performed by the man who nurtured the talents of the young András Schiff.

Missa Scala Aretina

Cantores November Concert at Cirencester
Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 19:30 to 22:30

Huge work, scored for three separate choirs, violins, cornetti* and continuo and we are lucky enough to have two excellent cornett players coming to play for us along with our favourite string players.

New London Chamber Ensemble

New London Chamber Ensemble
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 19:30 to 21:15

Michael Dussek's standing as a chamber musician extends world-wide and he performs with a wind quintet that is unsurpassed in this attractive and diverting repertoire Mozart regarded this Quintet as one of his finest works. Poulenc is full of cabaret jollity and Piaf melancholy. Wonderful, warm and humane Nielsen gives us an affectionate portrait of each of the musicians for whom this unassuming masterpiece was composed, and Ligeti here is in 1950s Hungary, poking his tongue through the Iron Curtain. If you don't know the music, this is a concert of delight and surprises.

Messiah

Messiah
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 19:00 to 22:45

The Messiah has become a firm fixture of the Christmas season. This performance of Handel’s timeless masterpiece in the historic surroundings of the Sheldonian Theatre.

Rise of the Virtuoso

The rise of the Virtuoso
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 20:00 to 22:45

John Rutter’s Suite Antique, which calls on both the influence of Bach and twentieth century jazz rhythms, brings an intriguing twist to this Baroque celebration. Mahan Esfahani will show just why he is hailed as ‘the leading harpsichordist of his generation’ as he takes to the stage for Bach’s splendid Harpsichord Concerto.

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.

Seven Ages of Man - Cantores

Seven Ages of Man
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 19:30 to 21:15

Cantores’ Summer programme this year contains words and music on the subject of youth and age. John Rutter’s ‘Five Childhood Lyrics’ set traditional nursery poems including ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ and ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ to most accessible and immediately attractive music. The choir is joined at the piano by David Whitehead for music of youthful vigour in Bob Chilcott’s ‘Jazz Mass’. The composer manages to bring the sounds of the smoke filled jazz club into the church environment without compromising either.

Burford Orchestra Spring Concert 2014

Burford Orchestra Spring Concert 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 19:15 to 21:15

Burford Orchestra is based and rehearses in Witney, West Oxfordshire. Since the Autumn term 2010 we have been delighted to welcome Jonny Timms as our principal conductor, and we are delighted he will be conducting us for our Spring concert 2014. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30pm, at Witney Community Primary School, Hailey Road, Witney. New string and brass players are especially welcome to come along anytime and join us in the rehearsals (and in the pub after!) We perform 3 varied concerts a year in venues around West Oxfordshire.

Mozart Requiem

Mozart Requiem at the Sheldonian
Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 20:00 to 22:00

Alexander Ullman, an alumnus of our Piano Festival and Summer Academy, is enjoying great success as a concert pianist, having recently won the Liszt Competition in Budapest. He will make his debut with the Philomusica playing Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto. Cayenna Ponchione, another outstanding musician at the start of her career, will conduct the first half of this concert which opens with Solfa Carlile’s Ithaca – a work selected for performance from the Philomusica’s 2013 Composers’ Workshop.

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