What’s on

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – The Mastery of Mozart

Thursday 21 February 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

On 4 March 1791, Mozart gave his last public performance. Nine months and one day later, he was dead. Those present at that performance might have sensed a farewell from the piano concerto Mozart played his last, numbered 27. Gone was the overt drama of the composer's earlier concerto in D minor, No. 20. Gone were the orchestra's trumpets and drums. In their place was a work of deep resignation and subdued gravity. Directing from the keyboard, Marios Papadopoulos and the Orchestra present a rare opportunity to hear Mozart's most moving piano concerto alongside one of his most thrilling.

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Oxford University Philharmonia Hilary Term 2019 Concert

Wednesday 27 February . Sheldonian Theatre

OUPhil is proud to present its termly concert for Hilary Term 2019! The Romantic repertoire includes Dvořák’s Violin Concerto (with soloist Elizabeth Nurse) as well as Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, helmed by conductor Joseph Beesley and leader Louis Morford.

Doors 7:30pm, Concert begins at 8:00pm

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The Donut Kings | ‘Sweet Time Suite’ (K. Wheeler)

Friday 1 March 20:30pm. Sheldonian Theatre

Oxford’s sweetest big band sound returns to the public sphere of Oxford’s jazz scene. Currently in preparation for their upcoming international tour, the band has prepared some of the hardest jazz repertoire: Kenny Wheeler’s ‘Sweet Time Suite’, an 8-part spiritual journey from Wheeler’s seminal album Music for Large and Small Ensembles (1990).

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – Korngold & Tchaikovsky

Wednesday 6 March 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

Fate dealt a cruel hand to both Tchaikovsky and Korngold. As the former composer felt his world falling apart, he railed against his impending destiny with inspiring optimism in the fifth symphony. Korngold, exiled in Hollywood from Nazi-occupied Vienna, longed to write for the concert stage and plundered his best movie scores for the most haunting, expressive and beautiful themes to make his violin concerto.

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Oxford Bach Choir – Mozart / JS Bach

Sunday 10 March 17:00pm. Sheldonian Theatre

Conductor: Benjamin Nicholas
London Mozart Players
Cecilia Osmond Soprano; Alexander Chance Countertenor; Ruairi Bowen Tenor; Alex Ashworth Bass

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Afghan Womens Orchestra

Sunday 17 March 17:00pm. Sheldonian Theatre

Musicians from Kabul – side by side with OSJ players
The concert will showcase traditional music and classical music side by side with professional musicians from OSJ, students from Somerville College, the Faculty of Music, and the Oxford County Music Service.

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Afternoon Concert with The King’s Singers

Wednesday 27 March 17:00pm. Sheldonian Theatre

A rare opportunity to hear the world-famous King’s Singers in Oxford, as they join forces with Radley College and singers from schools across Oxfordshire for two unique concerts in aid of the Kamran’s Ward (Children’s Haematology and Oncology) at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

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Gala Concert with The King’s Singers

Wednesday 27 March 19:00pm. Sheldonian Theatre

A rare opportunity to hear the world-famous King’s Singers in Oxford, as they join forces with Radley College and singers from schools across Oxfordshire for two unique concerts in aid of the Kamran’s Ward (Children’s Haematology and Oncology) at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – Nicola Benedetti

Wednesday 17 April 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

We may never know whose soul is 'enshrined'€ in Elgar's violin concerto according to the work's mysterious dedication, but the music suggests it must have been someone the composer loved dearly. Nicola Benedetti returns to the Orchestra for this performance of the first truly successful violin concerto from England, a piece of which Elgar himself confessed 'It is too emotional, but I love it'.

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