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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra


Established in 1998 and formerly known as Oxford Philomusica, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra occupies a unique position within the UK's orchestral landscape. As an orchestra of the highest quality, the Oxford Philharmonic attracts some of the world’s greatest artists to appear in its series at Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, including Sir András Schiff, Valery Gergiev, Lang Lang, Maria-João Pires, Renée Fleming, Pinchas Zukerman, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Nigel Kennedy.

Following his remarkable Oxford debut with the Orchestra in 2013, world-renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov became the Orchestra's first Artist in Residence. Since then, Vengerov and the Oxford Philharmonic have undertaken tours in the UK and have recorded the violin concertos of Brahms and Sibelius – the latter gaining special permission from the Sibelius family to record the original 1904 version.

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra has been firmly committed to outreach work from its earliest days. Its various projects focus on taking music to areas of social and economic disadvantage, including work in special schools and hospitals. In 2002, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra was appointed as the University of Oxford’s first ever Orchestra in Residence. As part of its University Residency, the Oxford Philharmonic collaborates with the Faculty of Music in educational programmes for the student community, while partnerships with Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council provide tuition and performance opportunities for hundreds of talented young musicians.

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Opening details

Concerts will usually commence at 7.30pm. Office hours are 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday.


Tickets range from £50 to £10 depending on seating area. £5 student tickets are available in the Upper Gallery for most concerts.

Martha Argerich

Sat 21 Jan 2017

Martha Argerich rose to fame with her interpretations of the virtuoso piano literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Karina Canellakis

Sat 28 Jan 2017

First noticed by Sir Simon Rattle, Karina Canellakis is the winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award and her flourishing career has taken her to the podiums of many of the world's leading orchestras.

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Oxfordshire Junior Concerto Competition Final

Sat 4 Feb 2017

In the 2017 Oxfordshire Junior Concerto Competition, the finalists vie for the grand prize as they perform with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra under the baton of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra's Music Director.

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Janine Jansen

Thu 16 Feb 2017

With a playing style that combines gripping presence and infinite subtlety of tone, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen has critics reaching for every superlative in the book.

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Valery Gergiev

Mon 6 Mar 2017

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is honoured to welcome back to Oxford Maestro Valery Gergiev, who left the Sheldonian audience spellbound in 2013 when he led the Orchestra in an unforgettable evening of Strauss and Mendelssohn.

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  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

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  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit