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.
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.
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.
You can also catch the performance at SJE Arts, Oxford on 25 September.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
You performance is also at SJE Arts, Oxford on 24 October.
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.
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.
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.
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!