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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.

Maundy Thursday

Thu 13 Apr 2017

Left incomplete upon his untimely death aged thirty-five, Mozart's Requiem is shrouded in mystery and intrigue.

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Maxim Vengerov

Sun 23 Apr 2017

Maxim Vengerov returns to the Oxford Philharmonic as soloist in immortal violin works by Mozart.

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Bonn Anniversaire

Sat 27 May 2017

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the twinning of Oxford with the German city of Bonn in 1947, one of the first official Anglo-German links to be formally established after the war.

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Viktoria Mullova

Thu 8 Jun 2017

Estonian composer Arvo Part's spiritual music radiates haunting visions of otherworldly beauty; revered for its mesmeric integrity, his music has spread far beyond the boundaries of the concert hall.

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Chamber Series: Water Music

Sat 1 Jul 2017

"The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Marios Papadopoulos director

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  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
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  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
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  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
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  • YesEntrance is well lit