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

Handel: Messiah at University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Classical music events in Oxford and Oxfordshire

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 this Autumn. 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.

Venice & Bologna by La Serenissima at Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Venice & Bologna by La Serenissima

09 September
Sheldonian Theatre

La Serenissima brings a programme of works from Venice and Bologna for 2 trumpets to Oxford’s iconic venue. Featuring music by composers you will know and love already, the concert also shines a light on the lesser-known Bolognese composers Attilio Ariosti and Lorenzo Zavateri.

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Harp and strings at Dorchester Abbey with harpist Keziah Thomas and Orchestra of St John’s

Harp and strings at Dorchester Abbey

11 September
Dorchester Abbey

A soaring solo violin, a gentle harp, the warmth of a string orchestra… Internationally acclaimed harpist Keziah Thomas and Orchestra of St John’s present an evening of sublime music for strings and harp at Dorchester Abbey.

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You can also catch the performance at SJE Arts, Oxford on 25 September.

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Mozart’s Don Giovanni performance by Oxford Sinfonia

Don Giovanni by Oxford Sinfonia

18 September
Sheldonian Theatre

Ian Brown, a former pianist of the Nash Ensemble, conducts the Oxford Sinfonia - an amateur chamber orchestra of the highest standard - in a performance of Mozart’s outrageous and chilling comedy Don Giovanni.

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Oxford Bach Choir perform two popular choral French masterpieces - Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine and Duruflé Requiem - in a concert to be streamed free from the Sheldonian Theatre. Conducted by Benjamin Nicholas, with Robert Quinney (organ), Rebecca McNaught (cello), Lila Chrisp (mezzo) and Ben Davies (bass), the performance will include readings by Alice Oswald, Oxford University Professor of Poetry.

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Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2021 - A Transcendental Meditation

Oxford Chamber Music Festival 2021

28 September to 04 October
Oxford City Centre

The 2021 Oxford Chamber Music Festival is happening this Autumn with a full programme of events running from Tuesday 28 September to Monday 04 October in atmospheric and unusual venues all around Oxford. This year’s festival features a stellar lineup of artists including Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake, Imogen Cooper, Sukhwinder ‘Pinky-Ji’ Singh, Nicolas Altstaedt, Marmen Quartet, Stephen Kovacevich, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Matthew Barley and Hugo Ticciati, to name only a few!

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2021

Oxford Lieder Festival 2021

08 to 23 October
Oxford City Centre

An astonishing array of artists will appear in more than 100 events in this year’s Oxford Lieder Festival, encompassing the great song cycles of Schubert and Schumann, the riches of fin-de-siècle Paris, the epic landscapes of Scandinavia, and the vibrant sphere of American song. The broad focus of the Festival is on nature: at a time when this has played an increasingly important part in many people’s lives, we are reminded of how many poets and composers have been steeped in and inspired by nature and used it as a metaphor for every aspect of life.

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Join Julien van Mellaerts and Orchestra of St John’s for the world premiere of Schumann’s transfixing Dichterliebe, newly orchestrated by conductor John Lubbock, and enjoy gems from the choral repertoire by Bruckner, Stanford and Liszt, performed by the OSJ Oxford Voices.

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You performance is also at SJE Arts, Oxford on 24 October.

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Mozart and Bach by Oxford Sinfonia

Mozart and Bach by Oxford Sinfonia

16 October
University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

George Caird conducts the Oxford Sinfonia - an amateur chamber orchestra of the highest standard - in Mozart Symphony No. 29, and Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Mozart Divertimento K131 at University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford.

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100 Years of British Coronations - Instruments of Time and Truth

100 Years of British Coronations

22 October
Sheldonian Theatre

A dazzling pageant of ceremonial music premiered in London representing the resplendent works that accompanied the crowning of Kings and Queens, from the Restoration of Charles II to the coronation of George III.

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A wonderful evening of sublime French choral favourites, from Fauré’s serene Cantique de Jean Racine to Saint-Saëns’ Calme des nuits - with Frazer Scott baritone, OSJ Oxford Voices, and John Lubbock conductor.

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Angela Hewitt at SJE Arts International Piano Series 2021

Angela Hewitt at SJE Arts Oxford

19 November
SJE Arts Oxford

Angela Hewitt occupies a unique position among today’s leading pianists. She appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia, and her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters.

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Presenting Schubert’s romping Fifth Symphony alongside songs by Fauré and Saint-Saëns with star soloists Frazer Scott and Hannah Fraser Mackenzie, OSJ Oxford Voices, and John Lubbock conductor. A lively evening of music perfect for warding off the winter chill!

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