Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Charity information

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in the UK. Praised as ‘excellent’ by Gramophone Magazine and ‘thoroughly impressive’ by BBC Music Magazine, the Orchestra’s reputation is based on the uncompromising artistic standards of its founder and music director, Marios Papadopoulos, and maintained by some of the finest musicians in the UK.

Founded 1998

  • Mission statement

    Established in 1998 and formerly known as Oxford Philomusica, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra occupies a unique position within the UK 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 Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, including Sir András Schiff, Martha Argerich, Valery Gergiev, Lang Lang, Janine Jansen, 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 its first Artist in Residence. Over an unprecedented four-season collaboration, Vengerov and the Oxford Philharmonic performed across the UK and have recorded the violin concertos of Brahms and Sibelius. With a commercial release pending, both recordings have received exclusive plays on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and the leading classical station in the United States, WQXR. Future projects with Vengerov include a recording of Mendelssohn’s Octet and an appearance at a major UK summer festival in July 2018 with the Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic - a tight-knit group of musicians described by The Times as the ensemble’s ‘glorious individual players’.

    The continual search for excellence underpins the Oxford Philharmonic’s reputation, and is reflected in an orchestra that strives to create bold musical statements with every concert.

  • Aims

    Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra aims to:

    • To provide an extensive outreach and education programme, working with schools, the music service, the university and hospitals and special schools.
    • To be the professional symphony orchestra for Oxford and the Thames Valley To provide a concert series in Oxford (at the Sheldonian Theatre) and regional venues.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1998

    Registered Charity Number: 1084256

    Board members: 40

    Full time staff: 7

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 1

    Phone number: 01865 987 222

    Address: Oxford PhilomusicaSaid Business SchoolEgrove ParkOxford OX1 5NY

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  • Campaign - Secure the Future

    The ongoing Campaign seeks to raise £3million to support and develop the orchestra over t... More