Project information

Campaign - Secure the Future

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

May 2012 - May 2015

Charity information: Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra logo
  • Need


    Our mission is to serve Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley region by offering world-class performances and to bring the benefits of classical music to all sections of the community. Our vision is to build on the success of the first decade, and to be recognised as one of the best orchestras in Europe. Our values: uncompromising quality, players of the highest calibre, world-class soloists.


    The Campaign for Oxford Phil is not simply a fundraising campaign. It is designed to effect a permanent transformation in the way the orchestra sustains itself at the highest level of excellence as it pursues its artistic priorities. Above all, it aims at liberating our musicians, from the Music Director to the last rank and file player, to achieve standards of artistic excellence and integrity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a stable base for future development, we seek supporters who will invest in our future.


    » To increase concert activity and rehearsal time, and offer the best musicians enough work to maintain their loyalty.
    » To continue our upwards and outwards spiral of development, with increased touring and outreach & community programmes.

    What success will look like

    Success will be to broaden the number and range of our support base. We need additional resource over and above box-office receipts and sponsorship income.

  • Impact


    By making a gift to the OP campaign you will be combining your passion for music with support for the community. Your investment will help shape our future.


    The orchestra received no regular funding from the Arts Council or other statutory body, and relies entirely on its own fundraising efforts to maintain its concert programme and also all of its education and community work.


    Newsletters, invitations to concerts and events, updates on website and by email, regular communication of all kinds!

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500,000 administration core costs
      £1,000,000 core concert series in Oxford
      £500,000 touring in Thames Valley and beyond
      £500,000 outreach community programme
      £500,000 Academy education programme

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    sponsorship £1,500,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Now in its 15th year, Oxford Philomusica enthusiastically embraces its role of filling what Arts Council England defined as ‘an identifiable regional need’ for a professional symphony orchestra based in the area between Birmingham and Bournemouth. The Philomusica has been appointed Orchestra in Association at the new Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, and its Thames Valley presence is being further consolidated by new ventures in Bristol, Cheltenham and Basingstoke.


    Oxford Philomusica is firmly committed to education and community , bringing music to the widest possible range of audiences – often outside the traditional concert venue – to schools, hospitals, community centres and retirement homes. As part of its status as Orchestra in Residence at Oxford University, the Orchestra collaborates with the Faculty of Music in educational programmes for the student community, and we also enjoy partnerships with Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    After fifteen years of phenomenal success and growth, Oxford Philomusica is ready to raise its profile and become acknowledged as a world-class orchestra. Since it was founded in 1998, Oxford’s professional symphony orchestra has already become one of the leading orchestras in the UK, and has enjoyed endorsement of its mission from a remarkable roster of distinguished artists, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, András Schiff, Maxim Vengerov, Valery Gergiev, Nigel Kennedy and Lang Lang.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Marios Papadopoulos

    Music Director and Founder. A charismatic leader.

    David Haenlein

    Trustee and Director, David shows his commitment to the community by organising our outreach projects in hospitals and special schools.

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