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A quick look at Oxford’s diary of classical music events for the season ahead

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Classical music events in Oxford and Oxfordshire

We pick out some of the best classical music events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire that you can’t afford to miss in the weeks and months ahead. There is something for everyone, from splendid chamber music to superb operas – head to any of the performances below, and you’ll be in for a treat. You’ll find a growing diary of Classical Music, Opera & Ballet events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in the ‘What’s on’ section.


  • Tchaikovsky and Brahms with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    Tchaikovsky and Brahms with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    When: 05 February
    Where: Sheldonian Theatre

    Before Marios Papadopoulos conducts what is surely Johannes Brahms’s best-loved symphony, the astonishing prodigy Leia Zhu takes on Tchaikovsky’s powerful and poetic Violin Concerto.

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  • Sir András Schiff in recital

    Sir András Schiff in recital

    When: 15 February
    Where: Sheldonian Theatre

    As a prelude to the 25th Anniversary of the Oxford Piano Festival, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Festival’s President, Sir András Schiff, in recital at the Sheldonian Theatre. Having collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, Sir András Schiff now focuses primarily on solo recitals, play-directing and conducting.

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  • St Matthew Passion

    St Matthew Passion

    When: 06 April
    Where: Sheldonian Theatre

    Bach’s great depiction of Jesus’s arrest and crucifixion, the St Matthew Passion, was unprecedented when it was first performed on Good Friday 1727. The Orchestra is joined by The Choir of The Queen’s College, The Boys of Radley College Choir and front-rank soloists for this Passiontide performance under The Queen’s College’s Owen Rees.

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  • American Journey with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra 

    American Journey with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra 

    When: 22 April
    Where: Sheldonian Theatre

    Between them, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber defined the orchestral sound of America in the first half of the 20th century. But plenty of gems of American music remain undiscovered. Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey also brings us Florence Price’s astonishing Piano Concerto of 1934, played by Samantha Ege, and William Grant Still’s idyllic pastoral, Wood Notes.

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  • The Creation with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Creation with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    When: 29 April
    Where: Sheldonian Theatre

    When The Creation was first performed, Haydn was overcome by his own achievements. In representing chaos and the creation of light, the oratorio’s elemental inspiration transcends the boundaries of its era. In the building where Haydn received his Oxford doctorate, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by soloists and the Choir of Merton College for Haydn’s most inspired ‘creation’.

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  • French Pastoral with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    French Pastoral with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    When: 18 May
    Where: Sheldonian Theatre

    Nicolò Foron conducts French Pastoral with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra alongside more beauteous music from France and Britten’s sparkling setting of French poetry, Les Illuminations.

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  • Enigma Variations with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    Enigma Variations with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    When: 03 June
    Where: Sheldonian Theatre

    The ‘Enigma’ variations are uplifting and resigned, humorous and profound. Elgar’s dazzling, virtuosic orchestral showpiece comes after his acerbic, embittered and sorrowful Cello Concerto written in less happy times and the rediscovered gem that is Morfydd Llwyn Owen’s sumptuous Nocturne.

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  • The Orchestral Music of Afghanistan

    The Orchestral Music of Afghanistan

    When: 15 June
    Where: Sheldonian Theatre

    Featuring new compositions by Afghan composers living in exile, this concert celebrates the rich history of traditional Afghan music and explores how that tradition can be maintained and expanded globally at a time when making music in Afghanistan is forbidden.

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  • Bruckner Seven with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    Bruckner Seven with Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

    When: 29 June
    Where: Sheldonian Theatre

    For this culmination of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s season at the Sheldonian Theatre, Marios Papadopoulos conducts Bruckner’s symphony here after Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – actually the composer’s first full-length orchestral work, and an imposingly assertive one at that.

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  • Oxford Piano Festival 2023

    Oxford Piano Festival 2023

    When: 29 July to 06 August
    Where: Various

    The Oxford Piano Festival was founded in 1999 by Marios Papadopoulos, renowned pianist and Music Director of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Each year, the Festival welcomes piano players and pedagogues, experts and enthusiasts, to some of Oxford’s most historic venues, such as Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, the Holywell Music Room, and Christ Church Cathedral.

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