What’s on

CITY OF OXFORD ORCHESTRA – VIENNESE NEW YEAR CONCERT

Saturday 19 January 7:30pm. Sheldonian Theatre

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

Don't miss the City of Oxford Orchestra's much loved annual Viennese New Year Concert, conducted by the renowned Stephen Bell, (hailed as the King of Viennese Concerts!), starring the highly acclaimed tenor Joshua Ellicott, in a glorious programme that includes Mozart, Suppe, Lehar & Strauss. You'll be dancing in and out of the Sheldonian!

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – Stravinsky

Saturday 26 January 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral joins the Orchestra for an evening given over to Stravinsky at his most meticulous and exalted. The composer's fascination with the particular sonority of wind instruments delivered some of his most sophisticated works, including the pithy Symphonies of Wind Instruments and perky Octet.

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The Oxford Beatles at the Sheldonian

Saturday 2 February 20:00. Sheldonian Theatre

The Sgt Pepper Show is a tough act to follow. Sold out over five nights in November 2017, The Oxford Beatles’ last major show was a unique combination of music and theatre. For their next big outing the group have chosen Oxford’s iconic Sheldonian Theatre as the setting for an immersive evening of music, accompanied by a hypnotic light show.

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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – Vilde Frang & Lawrence Power

Saturday 9 February 19.30. Sheldonian Theatre

Mozart might not have known that the 'Jupiter' symphony would become his last, but it's difficult to imagine how he could have followed a work of such scale, majesty and intensity. In between the symphony that set Mozart on a joyous and liberating new course and his final utterance in symphonic form, soloists Vilde Frang and Lawrence Power bring us a piece in which we catch a glimpse of the composer's soul - the 'double concerto' for violin and viola that feels presciently lined with tragedy.

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Oxfordshire Junior Concerto Competition Final

Sunday 10 February 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

Prepare to be astounded by three exceptional young soloists as they join the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra to perform a movement of a concerto of their choice. The final of the Junior Concerto Competition, showcasing outstanding talent in Oxfordshire, is judged by a panel of distinguished adjudicators, with the Competition's winner announced the same evening. Joshua Asokan, winner of last year's Senior Concerto Competition, performs Rachmaninov's first piano concerto in the second half.

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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 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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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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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – Yefim Bronfman

Tuesday 30 April 19:30. Sheldonian Theatre

To those who asked where the symphony could go after Beethoven, Louise Farrenc offered the most striking of answers. Her third symphony of 1847 is a masterpiece of symphonic design and emotional power, a work of feverish wildness, songful intensity and filigree beauty. Before it, we hear from Beethoven himself, courtesy of a giant among pianists Yefim Bronfman.

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