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Area: Oxfordshire

The Category Banbury is a subset of Oxfordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Banbury which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- 5Ways Barbershop Harmony Chorus

- The Mill Arts Centre

 

! Banbury KEY
VISITS (to the Website)11
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)15

The Category Henley-on-Thames is a subset of Oxfordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Henley-on-Thames which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Kenton Theatre

 

! Henley-on-Thames KEY
VISITS (to the Website)14
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)18

'A series of chamber concerts by top-quality local musicians on one Sunday each month ... Free tea and coffee and an opportunity to talk to the musicians, after each concert ... Support local musicians! Support the arts in Abingdon!’

* Abbey Chamber Concerts
VISITS (to the Website)274
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)356
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Caters for all ages, abilities and instruments. We regularly receive comments that this is a really friendly and informative festival; to those of you who may be new to it, its “difference” means that after every performance, in whatever category, an adjudicator of the highest calibre will give instant comments and helpful advice. Audiences appreciate hearing these assessments immediately instead of having to wait until the end of the class, and performers really enjoy the chance to work on their pieces with an experienced adjudicator.‘ Held Late April.

* Abingdon Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)262
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)495

‘An intensive training course for aspiring solo singers from home and abroad, who are already experienced in solo performance. The Summer School assembles a team of expert teachers with complementary skills and a passionate interest in the development of young singers. The timetable is carefully organised to give exactly the same teaching time and performance opportunities to each student. The students experience an intense, but highly supportive, conservatoire atmosphere.’ Held Mid August.

* Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers
VISITS (to the Website)289
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)315

‘Music has played a foremost role in the life of Balliol College, Oxford for the past two centuries. Benjamin Jowett, one of the most well-known Masters of the College, invited John Farmer, music master of Harrow School, to become Director of Music at Balliol; and in 1885 Farmer created a series of concerts on alternate Sunday evenings, which are still held today in an almost unchanged fashion. Both Jowett and Farmer shared the firm belief that music should be for the many rather than the few; this idea remains the essence of the Sunday Concerts. Balliol’s Sunday Concerts were the first secular Sunday concerts in England ... All concerts are free and open to everyone.‘

* Balliol College Musical Society
VISITS (to the Website)55
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)64

'Guest nights with national, local and up and coming artists; theme nights; open sessions; open stage nights and lots more in a friendly setting. Some nights are acoustic and some with PA.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Banbury Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)320
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)371
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Started in 2000 as a one day event but has grown into a full weekend attracting major artists and folk enthusiasts from all over the country. Banbury, nestled on the eastern edge of the beautiful Cotswolds and close to the historic Civil War battle sites of Edgehill and Cropredy, is a great place to visit with its charming medieval shopping streets and alleyways. The pedestrianised town centre provides a fabulous place to shop and a great venue for the Dance Sides and Hobby Horses to perform.’ Held Mid October.

Category Folk Festivals
* Banbury Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)77
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)111
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Both club regulars and visitors are equally welcome at our monthly meetings and if you’re visiting the Cotswolds, or just passing through and would like to join us for the evening (either to participate or just listen), we would like to extend the same warm welcome to you too.‘

Category Folk Clubs
* Chipping Norton Folk & Acoustic Club
VISITS (to the Website)66
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)116

'Held during March each year in the Oxfordshire market town of Chipping Norton ... The Festival is non-competitive and adjudicated by professionals; there are classes in music and drama for all ages, individuals and groups ranging from piano, voice, and composition through to verse-speaking ... The participatory classes are accompanied by a series of professional concerts ...'

* Chipping Norton Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)175
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)403

'Oxford's College Chapels provide outstanding opportunities for participating in liturgical music as well as offering exceptional performance, touring and recording experience. Many colleges offer awards to singers and organists who contribute to this aspect of college life ...'

* Choral and Organ Awards [Oxford]
VISITS (to the Website)146
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)287

‘Offers a packed programme of events designed to appeal to all ages ... The vision of the Deddington Festival is to enhance the community spirit of the parish of Deddington and surrounding villages though an annual Festival of music, performing arts, visual arts and community events which entertain and inspire.‘ Held Early June.

Category Banbury
* Deddington Festival
VISITS (to the Website)82
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)154

Short Courses for the Public 'Music can be studied from a wide variety of perspectives: by reading, listening, performing and composing; by studying composers and musical forms; by exploring the music of the past and the present, and the music of other countries; and by investigating the relationships between the various parts of a composition.'

* Department for Continuing Education [Oxford]
VISITS (to the Website)181
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202

'We offer a dynamic approach to the subject, exploring Popular, Classical and Art Musics through Composition, Musicology and Performance. We prepare our graduates for a life where music can be a means of employment and a lifelong source of pleasure and intellectual challenge. Our graduates excel in employment and progression to further academic study at Masters and PhD level. We want our students to understand music and sound critically; engage with contemporary debates; and develop skills and expertise.'

* Department of Music [Oxford Brookes]
VISITS (to the Website)140
Also indexedOxford Brookes University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)219

'Founded in the nineteenth century as a choral and orchestral society presenting regular concerts in the University of Oxford. Based at The Queen's College, the Society continues to promote a regular recital series and special events (including musical theatre), both of which involve performers from across the University. It maintains a chorus and orchestra, which are student-conducted. The Society’s concerts – including the Saturday lunchtime recital series and evening concerts by the orchestra and/or chorus and by other University groups – are open to all members of the University and to the public.'

* Eglesfield Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)224
Also indexedThe Quuen's College Oxford
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)472

'One of the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK. As an internationally renowned centre of teaching and research in all aspects of music, it is an exciting and stimulating environment in which to work and study.'

* Faculty of Music [Oxford]
VISITS (to the Website)212
Also indexedUniversity of Oxford
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)287

‘Whilst ranging from the timeless delights of Tallis and Byrd to the power and drama of Howells and Britten, the focal point of Festival is the early twentieth century — the Golden Renaissance of English music. As well as commissioning thrilling but accessible new works in the English tradition, the EMF is devoted to keeping important works by major British composers in the repertoire, and to resurrecting the many forgotten gems by a host of lesser-known composers, whose exquisitely crafted works never fail to surprise and enchant ... Our main Festival in Oxfordshire (held Late May) is now complemented by a number of other events that we hold around the country and abroad: most notably concerts and recitals in our UK & European Concert Series, and our regular Autumn Festivals in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.’ The whole is now presented as The Festival of English Music rather than English Music Festival.

 

* Festival of English Music
VISITS (to the Website)103
Also indexedEnglish Music Festival | Yorkshire Festival of English Music
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)196

Folk Weekend: Oxford has grown steadily every year since its inception in 2012, with increasing support and collaborations from local and national folk artists and performing groups. Known for the strong representation of Oxfordshire's folk groups, young performers, and emerging acoustic talent, this community festival is a hidden gem in the annual festival calendar, with unique opportunities to see top quality performers in intimate and beautiful settings around Oxford city centre.’

Category Oxford
* Folk Weekend: Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)100
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)122

Henley Festival is fun. It’s classy but real fun. Fantastic top name artists performing a huge range of stuff. You do have to give it a try ... The English summer wouldn’t be the same without it.’ Held Mid July.

Category Arts Festivals
* Henley Festival
VISITS (to the Website)116
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)382

‘A Community Interest Company, founded 8th July 2015, previously set up in 2010 trading as a club benefiting the community on a smaller scale. HMS now provides all forms of music education to children in Henley-on-Thames and surrounding areas.‘

* Henley Music School
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163

‘The Henley Youth Festival is a totally individual event and as far as we know there is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the country! It is a means of celebrating the talents and achievements of young people in our area and to give them experiences across a wide range of activities that they may not otherwise encounter. We support and promote the performing and visual arts, have some great team and individual sports events and also nurture other skills through workshops and competitions. The first Henley Youth Festival took place in 1994 and now well over 1,500 young people, ranging from under 5’s to 18 year olds, take part each year in about 35 different events and activities. The Festival itself takes place over a couple of weeks every March and many participants are busy preparing well in advance!‘

* Henley Youth Festival
VISITS (to the Website)209
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)162

Founded 1996: ‘Since its foundation, Iffley Music Society has offered an exciting and eclectic range of music - from choral ensembles to piano solos, string quartets to accordion, and much more. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for young musicians starting their professional careers ... Concerts take place in the beautiful 12th century Church of St Mary the Virgin, or in our historic Church Hall. Iffley Village is easily reached from central Oxford, and is close to the Thames footpath. Plentiful on-street parking is available’.

Category Oxford
* Iffley Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)26
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)46

‘The Lenthall Concerts have been bringing music of outstanding quality to West Oxfordshire since 1992 ... Each winter season of six concerts brings a mixture of internationally established artists and talented young musicians to Burford School.’

* Lenthall Concerts
VISITS (to the Website)107
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158

‘Come and enjoy superb classical vocal and instrumental performances with visiting international soloists. We combine music which is familiar with some surprises - often poetry too. The recitals are friendly, inclusive and entrance is free - arrive at any time that suits you and bring your own lunch.’

* Lunchtime Recitals [Witney]
VISITS (to the Website)27
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)50
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'As an international classical series, we programme a range of music from all periods. In any given season there will be a leading symphony orchestra, and an array of acclaimed soloists, ensembles, choirs, and chamber musicians. We aim to provide a platform for highly talented younger performers, as well as to more established, renowned artists ... We use a variety of iconic buildings in the City, chosen specifically to suit each concert.'

* Music at Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)221
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)247

‘ODOA welcomes everyone interested in pipe organs - organists, builders and listeners - so they can meet to enjoy all aspects of playing, music and building. Most, but not all of our members are players - some just have a keen interest in organs and organ music. Of our playing membership, some are professionals, but more are of moderate competence, always aiming to be just that bit better. Still others are relatively unskilled but pressed into organ playing by churches having no access to a trained organist. All are equally welcome in this very friendly mutually supportive group of like-minded people.’

* Oxford and District Organists’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)95
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)105

‘An international cello and double bass summer school founded in 1980 by Marianne Gottfeldt to provide a unique opportunity for cellists and bassists to focus on their instrument and receive the very best tuition in an intensive environment. This remains our philosophy.’ Held Late July - Early August.

* Oxford Cello School
VISITS (to the Website)155
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)301

‘Are you looking for a summer music course which combines intensive study under experienced coaches with the fun and enjoyment of making music together? Each summer the Oxford Chamber Course offers young string players aged 9–18 the opportunity to sample the special delights and challenges of playing chamber music – and a lot more besides ... There will be a final concert ... in which all the chamber groups from both courses and both chamber orchestras will perform pieces prepared during the week.’ Held Early August.

* Oxford Chamber Course
VISITS (to the Website)69
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)417

Founded 2000: ‘It has evolved and grown in to something that our loyal audiences love and cherish and where there is a real sense of musical home coming.  Each festival and celebration of chamber music has its own unique dynamic and I think Ocmf’s emanates just as much from the musicians as the atmosphere of Oxford’s extraordinary surroundings and rich historic context’. Held Early October.

* Oxford Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)237
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)112
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our concerts are informal. You may pick and choose your preferred events or, with the benefit of a substantial discount, sign up to a season ticket for them all ... Musicians love the Holywell Music Room for its superb acoustic and intimate atmosphere and you'll get close to some of the finest established artists and inspiring young talent: live music at its best.’

* Oxford Chamber Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)102
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)152
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘North Oxfordshire-based musician Chris Windass founded the Oxford Coffee Concerts series in 1986 when he booked the Holywell Music Room for four Sunday morning appearances by his own chamber music group, the Adderbury Ensemble. While that first season attracted audiences of just 35 or fewer, Chris was encouraged enough by the enthusiasm of the people who did make it to those early concerts to put on a second series. Happily, audience numbers started to grow as his group’s fame spread. The frequency of concerts soon increased from fortnightly to weekly and the Adderbury Ensemble’s recitals eventually had to be supplemented with appearances from other celebrated chamber music ensembles and soloists ... Oxford Coffee Concerts continue to take place on Sunday mornings throughout the year in the stunning setting of the Holywell Music Room, the oldest purpose-built concert venue in Europe. And every concert ticket still entitles the holder to a complimentary cup of coffee ...’

 

Category Oxford
* Oxford Coffee Concerts
VISITS (to the Website)7
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)12
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A unique producer and charity that works to develop and present the highest quality and most innovative new music and sound-based live events, to engage diverse local and national audiences with our work, and to deepen understanding and appreciation of musical cultures from within the UK and worldwide.'

* Oxford Contemporary Music
VISITS (to the Website)122
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)290
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Come and join our incomparable and inspirational team of teachers and players for a week of total flute immersion. Choose the mix of group playing, performing and listening that suits you best. Our programme of classes and individual lessons, master-classes and group playing plus concerts by staff and students ensures that everyone has the freedom to experiment and take risks in a friendly non-competitive atmosphere. Whether you are 16 or 60, a young professional, an adult returning to the flute - or if you simply love playing - join us for an amazing and stimulating week.’ Held Mid August.

* Oxford Flute Summer School
VISITS (to the Website)212
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)215

‘We are a friendly society for players of the classical guitar who enjoy making music together. Our meetings combine ensemble playing with opportunities for members to give short recitals to a friendly audience.’

Category Guitar Societies
* Oxford Guitar Society
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)175
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The focal point of Oxford Lieder’s year, presenting more than 35 concerts and dozens of other events celebrating the unique art form of song. It is well established as one of the world’s leading song festivals and the biggest in the UK, attracting many of the world’s greatest artists. Oxford Lieder has a mission to re-establish an appreciation of song; the meeting of words, music, languages and artistry that can be so powerful, yet which has been neglected in recent decades ... Oxford Lieder operates year round, promoting other performances and education events in addition to the Festival.‘ Main Festival held Mid October. (Recitals normally held at Wolfson College but also at Fairlight Hall Hastings, East Sussex.)

Category Oxford
* Oxford Lieder Festival
VISITS (to the Website)148
Also indexedFairlight Hall
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)181
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A music, science and arts festival that celebrates culture and human achievements in a truly unique way. The Festival’s ethos of combining the very cutting edge of science alongside world class concerts has for the last eight years attracted visitors from all over the world.’ Held Early May.

Category Arts Festivals
* Oxford May Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)66
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)182

Founded 1974: ‘Participants in the Oxford Music Festival receive a certificate which indicates the level of achievement and a copy of the adjudicator's comments. And, not to forget the competitive element of the festival, certain class winners receive a trophy and in some of the more senior classes there are cash prizes. Every year we have over 500 entries. Each day of the festival is busy, and with so many participants and so many parents and friends, there is a lively and friendly atmosphere - something that helps especially the youngsters overcome any nervousness at performing in public in front of not only parents and friends, but also fellow participants and the adjudicators’.

* Oxford Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)34

'Oxfordshire County Music Service is the lead partner of the Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership (OMEP - the Music Education Hub for Oxfordshire) which provides and signposts a wide range of music services and tuition to young people (and some adults) in Oxfordshire. OMEP’s work includes delivery of the government’s whole class instrumental programme in primary schools as well as individual and small group lessons, specialist teaching in primary and special schools, curriculum support and advice, a full programme of weekend and evening music schools, holiday courses for young musicians at all stages of learning, workshops, community projects and high level ensemble activities. There is also enhanced academic provision for particularly gifted young musicians.'

* Oxfordshire Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)150
Also indexedOxfordshire Music Education Partnership
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)219

‘OxOnArts is provided by the Arts Officers from all the local authorities in Oxfordshire. It is free to use.’ The Oxfordshire Arts Partnership encompasses six Authorities: Cherwell District Council | Oxford City Council | Oxfordshire County Council | South Oxfordshire District Council | Vale of the White Horse District Council | West Oxfordshire District Council.

* OxOnArts
VISITS (to the Website)30
Also indexedOxfordshire Arts Partnership
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)73

St John the Evangelist Church is available for hire as a performance venue – for concerts, opera, plays and lectures – as a rehearsal space and for recordings. The adjoining cloister garden can also be used for performances ... SJE Arts is a warm and welcoming venue in the busy Cowley area of central Oxford with good public transport links to the city centre and to London. The church is grade I listed and is renowned for its superb acoustic. Up to 500 people can be seated, depending on the area required for performance space.’

Category Oxford
* SJE Arts
VISITS (to the Website)31
Also indexedSt John the Evangelist Church
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)46
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Swalcliffe Concerts aim to offer a rich mix of musical styles, enhanced by the wonderful acoustics of St Peter and St Paul, Swalcliffe. The concerts will raise funds for the church itself and other village projects and charities supported by the Swalcliffe Village Fund. We have more exciting and varied performances lined up for the future so please look out for further announcements ...'

* Swalcliffe Concerts
VISITS (to the Website)81
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)244

'Four days and nights of the best Acoustic, Folk, Blues, Jazz & Americana with first class stages, massive family appeal, wonderful camping, arts, crafts, theatre, hands-on workshops, film and a sprinkling of festival magic in the great outdoors.' Held Late August.

Category Folk Festivals
* Towersey Festival
VISITS (to the Website)292
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)290

'A Stage School in Witney for children aged 4–16 years which operates at weekends during the standard academic term.  Providing quality tuition in the three disciplines of Singing, Dance and Drama, our class sizes are deliberately kept small to ensure that each child receives the individual attention they deserve ... With no entry auditions or previous experience required, whether your child dreams of a career in performing arts or simply wants to make new friends, WOAPA will boost your child’s confidence - and they’ll have loads of fun!'

* West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts
VISITS (to the Website)53
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)33

‘In the summer of 1965 a small group of people in Witney called a meeting at which there was overwhelming support for establishing a Society in Witney dedicated to putting on regular concerts by professional classical musicians ... A pattern was soon established of holding six concerts a year on the second Friday of each winter month from October to March. This has continued uninterruptedly ever since and over the years we have welcomed many young musicians who have later become famous ... ‘. The Society receives welcome financial support from a number of sources and ‘has also received grants from the Witney Educational Foundation, which allows us to arrange concerts for schools within the Witney area’.

* Witney Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)80
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)114
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘In association with The Wychwood Brewery, showcasing an eclectic mix of Folk, Roots, Acoustic & Americana Music ... The policy of the Club is to be inclusive. Whilst having at its heart the desire to preserve the acoustic folk music tradition, the club will seek to include music and musicians from a broad spectrum of genres ... The Committee will aim to encourage and support the development of local musicians and singers and will provide a venue at which they can perform.’

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Wychwood Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)81
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Came into existence in 1977 when a group of parents got together to create a band for their youngsters to play with. Although at first lacking in material assets, enthusiasm and a determination to succeed saw them through the early difficulties, and interest in Abbey Brass quickly grew ... As a charity we provide education and training for young people and adults in the playing of brass instruments, to promote the appreciation and understanding of brass band music and to stimulate interest in the traditional art of brass band playing.  In addition to the Main Band, Abbey Brass is also formed of a Training Band, and several learner groups, with many children learning to play brass instruments and progressing through the different levels to become a fully-fledged brass player.’

+ Abbey Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)239
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)252
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Abingdon and District Music Society has been making music since 1946. We are a mixed voice choir and a full symphony orchestra. We are led by professional musicians ... The choir has about 70 singers. We don’t audition but ask you to just come along and see how you fit in. The orchestra has around 40 regular members with strong strings and wind sections. We bring in additional players where needed for concerts. Orchestral players are auditioned by a trial period in the orchestra.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Abingdon & District Musical Society
VISITS (to the Website)123
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)203
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1977: ‘We are a community wind (or concert) band consisting of brass, woodwind and percussion players. We play a range of music from classic concert band pieces including marches and favourites from the “Last Night of the Proms” to film scores and television music, musicals, Disney and contemporary arrangements for concert band by composers such as Philip Sparke and Jay Bocook. We regularly add new music to our library‘.

+ Abingdon Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)87
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)234

'We're a friendly amateur society based in the market town of Abingdon, set in the rolling greenery of rural Oxfordshire. We aim to produce two musical shows each year to the highest standards of professionalism. We’re a registered charity and, as well as providing enjoyment to our members, we’re committed to bringing live musical theatre to our audience in and around Abingdon.'

+ Abingdon Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)209
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)325
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Established before the turn of the 20th century. The Band is dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and performance of brass band music in Abingdon, the surrounding district and also in our twin towns across Europe. The Band is not sponsored and relies entirely on subscriptions, grants and fundraising to provide the finances necessary for its running.'

+ Abingdon Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)283
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)360

'Born in 2009 from a mutual desire of its founder members to share the gift of music and make it matter in a way that would benefit our local communities. As a chamber choir of around 30, we offer our members interesting opportunities to sing the more intimate works in the classical repertoire as well as the less familiar ones, and choral works especially commissioned by us when the opportunity arises ...'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Aliquando Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)171
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)223
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The community choir of Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire ... If you would like to sing with us then just come along to a rehearsal ... We give new members a term’s free membership. We hope this will encourage more to discover the joys and rewards of singing in a choir before having to make a financial commitment. There is no audition, and it is not necessary to be able to read music.’

Category Community Choirs
+ All Saints Singers
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)189

'We are a friendly choir that welcomes enthusiastic singers of all ages ... We warmly welcome students (aged 16 to 25 years in full time education) who will automatically receive free membership to the choir. In addition, if they wish, they can audition for the Banbury Choral Society (BCS) Youth Outreach Scheme that is a new community initiative.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Banbury Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)219
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)375
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a friendly and award-winning amateur musical society performing two shows a year (operetta to Lloyd Webber) ... We welcome new members, performing and non-performing. If you are interested in joining us we would be pleased to see you at any of our rehearsals, when you can meet us and find out more about what we do.‘

+ Banbury Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)40
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)104
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We rehearse through each school term to perform 3 symphony orchestra concerts each year. Our smaller chamber orchestra concerts are typically in May each year.'

+ Banbury Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)215
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)488
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'BCOS is a performing musical society with a difference: we rehearse and present works from both the choral and operatic disciplines, usually performing a major choral work in the spring and a staged musical production in the late autumn, both with orchestra. We see this wide repertoire as a strength, combining a wide range of singing styles with the opportunity for socialising which is a characteristic of societies presenting stage productions. We also normally draw our soloists from the society's membership, and are fortunate to have a number of excellent soloists to draw on.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Bicester Choral & Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)166
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)475
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals
+ Bicester Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)379
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1969, originally under the name of the RAF Brize Norton Singers ... The membership initially was comprised of Royal Air Force personnel and their wives, but quickly branched out to include civilians from the local community ... In December 2003 the RAF Brize Norton Singers reluctantly decided to leave the umbrella of the RAF and changed their name to the Brize Singers ... The Singers are always happy to receive requests to perform in venues in Witney and the surrounding area, particularly to help with fundraising ... They also perform a number of their own concerts during the year, including a couple at Christmas and their annual concert in September each year.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Brize Singers
VISITS (to the Website)40
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)79
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’Amateur Orchestra who rehearse in Witney ... and perform 3 concerts a year in Burford and West Oxfordshire. Founded in 1954 ... We welcome all players, particularly strings and low brass, and there is no audition! We play a variety of popular classics from predominantly the Romantic period.’

+ Burford Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)124
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)198
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a community-based choir of about 100 singers who live on the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire border. We perform concerts of classical choral music three times a year in the church of St John the Baptist, Burford.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Burford Singers
VISITS (to the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)217
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Chipping Norton Choral Society ("Chippy Choir" to its friends) exists to provide amateur singers the chance to sing varied choral works together in a friendly environment. Members of the Society will testify that striving to improve musical ability does not have to temper the enjoyment of the music being sung. Many will additionally testify that a post-rehearsal pint at the local hostelry nicely soothes the vocal chords, especially after one of those fiendish pieces with high notes in ...'

Category Choral Societies
+ Chipping Norton Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)173
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)504
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We’re a friendly choir that aims to sing challenging music to a high standard. The team for each concert is drawn from a larger squad of singers and so the composition of the choir varies. We have 3-4 rehearsals at weekends before each concert with at least one full-day rehearsal on a Saturday ... The choir’s main performing areas are Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and surrounding counties, but it also performs in London.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Choros
VISITS (to the Website)60
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are an auditioning chamber choir of about 35 keen amateur singers, performing modern and traditional choral music to a high standard ... Our repertoire is eclectic, featuring both modern and traditional choral music combined innovatively in thematic programmes. We give four concerts a year, three of them in Oxford in some of the city's most beautiful venues.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ City of Oxford Choir
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Oxford’s oldest brass band with a history that dates back to the 1840s. We have three active bands from absolute beginners to our senior band which welcomes experienced players and competes in the National Brass Band Championships ... COSB has been training and encouraging new and improving musicians for over 100 years.  We welcome all ages and all abilities. We also offer free instrument loan and subsidised music lessons. If you live in or near Oxford, or perhaps are coming to University in the new term, and are looking for somewhere to play, get in touch, we’d love to see you ... The Band has a busy schedule performing at local events around Oxfordshire.’

+ City of Oxford Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)69
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)88
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Held its inaugural performance in August 1999 and continues to promote contemporary choral repertoire, particularly neglected and rarely-performed works ... Membership is derived from students and professionals from around the local area. Turnover is low with only a handful of places available each year. Although not affiliated with The University of Oxford, we structure our performances around the university term, rehearsing weekly during term time and performing around 5 concerts per year ... We are proud of our great working relationships with contemporary composers, but increasing our funding would allow us to do even more to champion contemporary choral music. If you are as passionate about supporting contemporary music as Commotio, we would love you to be our Friend.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Commotio
VISITS (to the Website)33
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)30
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A string orchestra which draws its players and audience from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. The orchestra has a mixture of professional and amateur musicians and aims to perform string and other chamber works to a high standard.  3 concerts per year are given in St. Mary’s Church, Thame, and players also take part in other educational or development activities.‘

Category Thame
+ Crendon Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)56
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)90

‘The continuing expansion of Didcot is bringing more orchestral musicians and ever-larger potential concert audiences to the area. Didcot Concert Orchestra is the first high-quality amateur concert-giving symphony orchestra based in Didcot. It aims to bring together the best players, so participation is by invitation or audition. Professional players have been engaged to lead each string section. Players meet for four rehearsals before each concert. DCO plans to give three concerts per year – every February, May and September.‘

+ Didcot Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)130
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A ladies a capella chorus, which sings 4-part harmony; performing songs in a wide variety of styles - including songs from musicals, pop classics and beautiful ballads. We formed in 2007, and have since grown to about 50 members. We come from all walks of life but are united in an enjoyment of music making.’

+ Harmony InSpires
VISITS (to the Website)95
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210

‘A community choir in Oxford singing the great choral classics (and much more) for the sheer love of it. We usually put on three concerts a year.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Headington Singers
VISITS (to the Website)11
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)28

‘We try to be one of the most “professional”, yet one of the friendliest amateur choirs in the Thames Valley. Our standards continue to rise under recent Musical Directors but we remain a firmly non-auditioned chorus ... Many of our members have sung in previous choirs but all you need is a love of singing: an ability to read music is useful. We have a work hard / play hard ethos and provide plenty of support for practice at home as well as additional sectional rehearsals and workshops. We drink in a local pub after rehearsals!‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Henley Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)192

'Founded in 1970 and we are now one of the leading amateur orchestras in the country. We attract some 70 players from across the Thames Valley ... The orchestra promotes an annual series of four concerts and engages internationally acclaimed soloists, providing high-quality classical music for the enjoyment of local concert goers. The orchestra was originally brought together to give a concert in a large marquee at Shiplake College one summer but the success of that concert led to the establishment of the orchestra on a permanent footing.'

+ Henley Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)120
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)330
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A twelve to twenty strong street band playing a lively mix of township, jazz, New Orleans & east-european music ... Formed in 2007 for the Cowley Road Carnival in East Oxford, we comprise brass, saxophones, clarinets, and percussion.‘

+ Horns of Plenty
VISITS (to the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)94

‘The ISIS Chamber Orchestra gives several concerts per year in and around Oxfordshire (the part of the River Thames that flows through Oxford is called the Isis) ... Many of our concerts also raise money in aid of charity. If you are interested in helping us to put on a concert to raise money for your charity, then please get in touch.’

+ ISIS Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)31
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)77

Founded 1995: ‘A mixed-voice chamber choir of about 35 voices. We are mostly professional people living or working in Oxford who enjoy meeting regularly to sing choral music to a high standard. We give three main concerts a year in and around Oxford, and have performed in all the main Oxford venues ... We perform a wide range of music that spans from the Renaissance to the present day ... but many of our programme choices are early music or 20th century British music ... We host occasional singing days, when we gather with friends of the choir to rehearse and perform a choral work in a local church’.

Category Oxford
+ Jubilate Chamber Choir [Oxford]
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)194

‘Based north of Oxford in the village of Kidlington ... Banding in Kidlington has a long history, with references in local newspapers going back to at least 1840. The current band was formed by the merger of two local bands in 1992 ... We are a friendly, sociable Championship Section band who enjoy both the challenge and surprises of contesting and the variety of preparing an entertaining concert program’.

+ Kidlington Concert Brass
VISITS (to the Website)70
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)162
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a choir based in Thame, Oxfordshire, with long established links to Lord Williams's School. We are, above all, a friendly choir, which gladly welcomes new members. We have a secure local base and we are looking forward to an interesting and challenging future. Our numbers are growing (100 plus now) but we always welcome new faces and voices. You do not need to audition to join us but we do ask that you share our enthusiasm for choral music and its performance ...'

Category Choral Societies
+ Lord Williams's Festival Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)181
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)373
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Society was formed in 1991 and since then has sung a wide range of choral works from early and baroque music through to classical and contemporary works. Although originally members came from the villages of the Lower Windrush area, our singers now come from considerably further afield. We perform two or three concerts a year in local venues, often in Witney. Although we wish to remain a relatively small and intimate choir, we would welcome more singers in all sections. There are no auditions but you must be able to sing in tune, and a basic ability to read music is desirable.’

Category Witney
+ Lower Windrush Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)232
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Magdalen College is one of the oldest choral foundations in England, with an unbroken tradition stretching back to 1480. The Choir retains much the same shape as it had in the fifteenth century, with sixteen boy Choristers (educated at Magdalen College School) and twelve adult Academical Clerks (undergraduates of the College) ... The Choir’s principal role is singing the daily Chapel services, at 6 pm every evening (except Mondays) in Full Term, and every Sunday morning in Term at 11 am ... The Choir also sings at special occasions in College throughout the year, including the famous May Morning celebrations, an ancient tradition dating back to 1509. Beyond the Chapel, the Choir records regularly and performs in concerts and broadcasts to appreciative audiences all over the world.’

+ Magdalen College Oxford Choir
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)180
+ Marsh Gibbon Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)415

‘Formed in 1988 and currently has over 50 members aged between 12 and 19 from all around Oxfordshire. MYCO produces one main show per year, alternating between the Oxford Playhouse and one other Oxford theatre.  Shows are staged during the Easter holidays, are always to a professional standard and always sell out!  We also produce a series of concerts during the year where members showcase their vocal talent in solos and small group numbers. MYCO has a family ethos and members participate in all our activities including shows, concerts, fundraising for local charities and workshops ... Lasting friendships are formed and a lifelong passion for the arts is ignited.’

+ Musical Youth Company of Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)207

Founded 26 November 1379: ‘New College Choir is one of the most celebrated and acclaimed choral groups of the UK. It comprises around thirty voices, including its famous boy choristers. It has been around since the late 14th century, when William of Wykeham set up a choral foundation within his “New” College; since then it has regularly sung chapel services, and continues to do so during the University terms (you can drop into Evensong any night of the week – bar Wednesday – and listen)’.

+ New College Oxford Choir
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)238

‘Founded in 2012, newChoir is a medium-sized ensemble, which tackles a wide and often unusual repertoire of secular and sacred music, with and without accompaniment. We aim for a high standard of music-making and place an emphasis on constant improvement and development, both individual and collective. We provide excellent musical direction, vocal coaching, and well-planned rehearsals. We limit choir numbers to around 40 to increase individual responsibility and to work on creating a well-blended “chamber” sound. We give three public concerts a year, run an annual choral workshop open to non-members, and occasionally take part in other musical events.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ newCHOIR Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)261
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'One of the finest choral groups in Oxfordshire. Formed in 1992, our repertoire embraces a huge range of styles encompassing music of the last thousand years, from Gregorian plainchant and Hildegard von Bingen, via sacred Tudor anthems and masterpieces of the Baroque period, to secular, contemporary and popular works. The choir enjoys an enviable reputation for the excitement and panache of its performances ...'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ North Cotswold Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)149
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)371
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Opus 48 - named in honour of Fauré’s Requiem – is a new [2018] medium-sized choral society for Oxfordshire. We are aiming to recruit around 80 keen singers to be part of this journey with us. Our objective is to deliver moving and beautifully sung concerts in a wide variety of venues, both across Oxfordshire and further afield. At the same time, we plan to organise lots of fun and exciting social activities for our singers. Members will have the chance to sing a wide range of repertoire with top-class soloists and musicians.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Opus 48 Choir
VISITS (to the Website)46
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)67

‘The Oxford Bach Choir was founded in 1896, and continues to perform classical music concerts from both the classic and modern choral repertoire ... We are Oxford's premier choir with around 160 voices ... Membership of the choir is by audition ... The choir performs three main concerts each season; these take place at the end of the three University terms.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Oxford Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142

‘Formed in April 2013, and is based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire. OCB is a traditional British brass band with all the evocative, nostalgic, celebratory, languid and haunting sounds that a powerful brass band can deliver. Any group available from a soloist, quartet, ten-piece to a full band. Suitable repertoire appropriate for all types of gathering, from commemorative to sad, from young to old and traditional to popular. Anything is possible ... With a wide variety of music, we can cater to all needs. The band also has a strong commitment to raising money for charity, so if you want something different for your event – get in touch!’

+ Oxford Cherwell Brass
VISITS (to the Website)76
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)177

‘A unique and a very special youth orchestra that gives members the opportunity to perform a solo i.e. a concerto movement, accompanied mainly by strings, harpsichord and a small wind section. School-aged instrumentalists come from a wide area around Oxford and Oxfordshire and are of diploma and Gr. 7/8 standard ... There are three main concerts a year, each with three or four rehearsals per concert. OCO performances are of a high standard and are recorded. If you would like to or know someone who would like to work and play with the Orchestra, we would be delighted to hear from you.’

+ Oxford Concerto Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)54

'Oxford’s internationally renowned jazz vocal ensemble. Our stellar mix of black-tie class, charm, and impeccable musicality delights audiences far and wide, and with toe-tapping jazz standards and grooving funk tunes, the Gargoyles will dazzle you with an unforgettable performance.'

Category Oxford
+ Oxford Gargoyles
VISITS (to the Website)143
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)208

‘Founded in 1921, is one of Oxford’s leading choirs. We currently have around 140 members but are always on the look-out for new singers. Each year we perform three concerts in Oxford ... covering a diverse range of choral music ... We warmly welcome new members to our friendly and lively choir. As well as preparing and performing three major concerts a year, we enjoy choral training sessions ... to help us develop our singing skills. There are plenty of opportunities to get to know fellow singers in rehearsal breaks and at choir social events.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Oxford Harmonic Choir
VISITS (to the Website)60
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)148
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A male chorus formed in 2007 from members of the established Wantage White Horse Harmony chorus and new talent from the Oxford area. We sing for pleasure and fun but always welcome the opportunity of sharing our enthusiasm with others through concerts, shows, and special events. The chorus sing in what is termed an a cappella style which basically means singing unaccompanied ... New members are always welcome.’

+ Oxford Harmony
VISITS (to the Website)35
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)80

‘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 Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre ... Many achievements to date include extensive annual concert seasons in Oxford, touring performances across the UK and a growing list of international engagements ... Firmly committed to outreach work from its earliest days, its various projects focus on taking music to areas of social and economic disadvantage, including work in special schools and hospitals.’

+ Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)110
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)141
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of England's best and most exciting chamber choirs. From the “city of dreaming spires”, home of some of the finest choirs in the world, OPMS is in fine company, and we are an integral part of the superb music making that goes on in the town. Since its formation in 1977 ... it has performed hundreds of concerts of music from all periods and of every style. The choir's Christmas concerts are an Oxford tradition, while its large-scale concerts with orchestra in the historic Sheldonian Theatre and elsewhere never fail to attract the best of reviews. At other, smaller, concerts the choir presents a varied programme of music, including many first and second performances and items rarely heard, alongside choral favourites.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Oxford Pro Musica Singers
VISITS (to the Website)29
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)74
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1984, we are an amateur chamber orchestra of the highest standard. The orchestra does not have a fixed membership or a permanent musical director. This enables it to engage a wide range of accomplished musicians to direct and play in each concert. Many of our players are involved in music professionally, though not necessarily as performers. We promote four concerts a year and some special projects, and specialise in accompanying choral societies. We organise instrumental workshops, and are involved in twinning concerts, fireworks concerts and concerts for charities.’

+ Oxford Sinfonia
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)147
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1967: ‘Gives concerts about three times a year ... We are a friendly group of players who enjoy rehearsing and performing a wide variety of orchestral works. Although there are no formal auditions, we aim to perform to a high standard ... Some of our players are accomplished musicians who learnt to play as children or teenagers, while some started learning their instruments as adults, and others resumed their playing after having given up for a while. All welcome the opportunity to play orchestral music, improve their own playing and continue learning about music. We often give opportunities to local young soloists to perform concertos with us and have performed a number of works written by local composers. We also collaborate with groups of singers. We are open to players of all ages, although most of our members are adults’.

+ Oxford Studio Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)104
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)277
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The city's principal non-professional large orchestra. We perform three concerts a year and have a growing following with local audiences. Our concerts are programmed to appeal to players and audiences alike. They feature ambitious, interesting and attractive works, providing opportunities to experience larger-scale orchestral masterpieces, some of which are otherwise rarely, if ever, heard in Oxford ... Permanent membership of the orchestra involves four or five concert commitments a year ... with eight weekly rehearsals for each of the main concerts and a couple of rehearsals for engagements. Personal private practice is essential.’

+ Oxford Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)73
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Oxford Youth Choirs are a group of six choirs, including the Oxford Girls' Choir,  for children aged between 4 and 18 ... Formed in 1984 by Richard Vendome, Oxford Girls' Choir is the oldest group of its kind in the UK. Now there are four choirs for girls and boys, starting at age 4. The choirs perform regularly at home and abroad and sing many styles of music, ranging from medieval, through opera to jazz. Former members have gone on to become successful Oxbridge choral scholars, singer-songwriters, opera singers and music theatre artists.’

+ Oxford Youth Choirs
VISITS (to the Website)63
Also indexedOxford Girls’ Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)109

‘The Queen’s College has a strong musical tradition, and the mixed-voice chapel choir of twenty-eight singers is recognised as one of the finest such groups in Oxford and Cambridge .. iincluding some twenty Choral Scholars who are students of the College, Choral Exhibitioners from other colleges, and two professional Lay Clerks ... Its extensive concert schedule involves appearances across the UK and abroad, including work with such professional ensembles as the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Brook Street Band ... Its wide-ranging repertory includes a rich array of music from Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces to contemporary works, including commissions. During the academic year the choir provides the music for regular services in the College’s splendid Baroque Chapel.’

+ Queen’s College Oxford Choir
VISITS (to the Website)39
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)93
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Comprises around thirty singers, most of whom are students at Oxford University. Studying a broad variety of subjects across the Humanities and Sciences, the choir’s members rehearse during term, and regularly perform in Oxford and across the country ... This is the organisation which has given hundreds of young people their first taste of top-quality chamber choir singing; has provided a launch-pad for a succession of gifted conductors and singers; has toured all over the world (recently to countries hardly before visited by British musicians); and has produced an impressive list of recordings which bear eternal witness to the consistent ability – often brilliance - of this ever-changing ensemble.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Schola Cantorum of Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146

‘Oxford amateur orchestra with 50+ members. Four concerts each year of mostly romantic repertoire to high standard ... A feature of the selection of our repertoire is that players generate the suggestions of works to perform. These suggestions are then themed and balanced to make enjoyable concert programmes for audiences and players alike. We try to ensure that each programme includes some technically demanding works, with the intention of stretching and retaining advanced players.‘

+ St Giles Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)122
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)154
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A well-established, mixed-voice choir based in North Oxford with around 130 members drawn from the city and surrounding areas. The choir traditionally holds two concerts each season, in January/February and May/June, and aims for a high musical standard ... We are a large and inclusive choir in which members of all standards enjoy singing. Musicianship is fostered with a planned rehearsal schedule, workshops and opportunities to sing in smaller groups. The social side of music-making is also something we enjoy, with regular events, parties, and an annual choir holiday. Everyone should be able to enjoy choral singing and we try to make this happen.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Summertown Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)62
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)136

‘Has been providing audiences with high quality musical performances since it began in 1999. We are a vibrant mixture of adults of all ages, from many different walks of life, with a shared love of performing alongside each other, to the very best of our abilities ... Normally, an audition would take place at the end of your first rehearsal, giving you the chance to meet and sing with the choir. If you wished to proceed, you would then sing privately to the Musical Director.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Thame Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)354
+ Thame Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)131
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)299

'Formed in 1993 and is made up of around twenty local musicians ... Produce several concerts and Fete performances every year ... Our wide repertoire of over 400 pieces varies from show selections, film themes, popular classics and solo features. The band is a lively and friendly group of locals of all ages, backgrounds and musical abilities, and welcomes anyone wishing to join ...'

+ Thame Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)229
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A well established, self-financing orchestra for talented and committed young musicians from 12-18 years old, who are of approximately Grade 6 standard and above. It is based in Abingdon and integrates pupils from many local schools ... The orchestra offers opportunities for players to work together in an enjoyable atmosphere, studying and performing challenging and exciting orchestral repertoire at the highest possible standard. The orchestra performs two concerts a year (December and April/May), playing a wide repertoire, including concertos and symphonies.‘

+ Thames Vale Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)126

'A small, high quality amateur orchestra based in north Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire ... We have developed a fine reputation for our performances of Classical, Baroque and early Romantic music - with occasional ventures into the 20th or 21st century. Ideally suited to smaller-scale orchestral works, we also enjoy airing music that tends to be neglected by larger ensembles - like serenades, octets and decets. We strive to make our programmes both enjoyable to play and to listen to, and warmly welcome children of all ages, whose enthusiasm we warmly support.'

+ Trinity Camerata
VISITS (to the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)323
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A top quality chamber choir based in Oxford ... The Choir sings challenging, mostly a cappella works from the Renaissance through to contemporary, with a continuing focus on excellence in singing and choral technique. As well as performing 4-6 concerts per year in and around Oxfordshire and further afield, the vOx performance calendar includes tours, festivals, recordings and broadcasting.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ vOx Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)106
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)171

‘North Oxfordshire's largest choral society with over 90 regular members. Formed back in 1972, the choir now boasts singers from five counties ... singing everything from Oratorio to G&S and West End Musicals!’

Category Choral Societies
+ Warriner Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)50
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A chamber choir based in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. We perform a wide variety of music from across the centuries at concerts and events in the local area and occasionally further afield, raising money for charity ... Every year we welcome in May morning by singing madrigals from atop the church towers in Cuddington and Long Crendon, and we then welcome audience participation in singing merry rounds over breakfast and hot drinks.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Witchert Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)120
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)208
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Made up of a group of enthusiastic brass musicians who love playing - whether in rehersals or at public /private engagements. We are committed to providing a good standard of musical performance whatever the occasion. We rehearse weekly and also measure our musical performance standards by competing in local and national brass contests ... We are always happy to welcome new players of any age and ability. We have a Senior and a Junior band so will have a place for all ages. Even if you do not have your own instrument we should be able to provide you with an instrument to play(subject to availability).’

+ Witney Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)174
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1975 to provide an outlet for the talents of local amateur musicians. From modest beginnings (the outcome of a parents’ evening at Woodstock Primary School), it has grown from strength to strength. It now comprises a mixed voice choir of about ninety singers, with its own string orchestra.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Woodstock Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)232
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 2008 as a community choir, we are a non-auditioned group that performs multi-part arrangements of classical, spiritual and popular works sung both accompanied and a capella.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ Wychwood Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)138
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)328
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Renowned for their ability to put on a fully staged musical in just one week during the summer, YOBOS is a non-profit making group created in 2003, as an exciting musical theatre project giving 10 to 19 year olds in the Banbury and North Oxfordshire area a taste of what it takes to be in a musical production. YOBOS high quality productions have resulted in them gaining national recognition, with the group winning awards as well as being asked to perform in the West End as part of a showcase of the country’s talented young performers on numerous occasions.’

+ Youth of Banbury Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)115
Also indexedYOBOS
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)201

'Music at the Unicorn is a not-for-profit group that stage music events in the beautiful Abingdon Abbey Buildings, usually in the Unicorn Theatre. The Unicorn is a small, 90 seat, intimate venue with brilliant acoustics for music.'

@ Abingdon Abbey Buildings
VISITS (to the Website)283
Also indexedUnicorn Theatre | Music at the Unicorn
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)359
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time ... Join us for concerts and recitals inspired by the collections.'

@ Ashmolean Museum
VISITS (to the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)299
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of sporting and cultural events throughout the year ... On selected dates, visitors can enjoy recitals on our Willis Organ that bring the history and scale of Blenheim Palace to life ... The Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music  is the best boutique festival in the country.' (Held Mid October.)

@ Blenheim Palace
VISITS (to the Website)241
Also indexedBlenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)255

'We are a theatre, an arthouse cinema, a gallery and a concert hall. We are a resource for our community, but we are also a professional venue, welcoming over 53,000 visitors every year. We are something unique, but we are also different things to different people. We are the cause and subject of many arguments and debates, and a fair amount of acclaim and affection. We are complicated and a little eccentric. We are not a little theatre. We like to make a big noise ...'

@ Chipping Norton Theatre
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)398

'This beautiful building is home to a vibrant worshipping community with a rich worshipping tradition and a world famous Cathedral Choir. It hosts a wide range of diocesan events, music, art and drama ... Although Christ Church Cathedral Choir is 500 years old, it is justly famous for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming. Unique in the world as both Cathedral and College choir, the intimate acoustic of its musical home, Oxford’s 12th-century Cathedral, has given it a relationship with early sacred music and the rhythm and vigour of contemporary idioms which is second to none.’

Category Cathedrals
@ Christ Church Cathedral
VISITS (to the Website)336
Also indexedChrist Church Cathedral Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)251
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A beautiful, modern, and intimate music venue specifically built for chamber music performance and dedicated to the memory of the extraordinary cellist Jacqueline du Pré. The JdP is a part of St Hilda's College, Oxford and is located within its beautiful grounds on the banks of the River Cherwell. St Hilda’s College is committed to sustaining and developing the JdP Music Building as a centre for the learning, teaching, performance, and experience of music at all levels, at all ages, and for people from all backgrounds.’

@ Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
VISITS (to the Website)180
Also indexedSt Hilda’s College Oxford
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)225

‘The Chapel is the main focal point for College music throughout the year, primarily by Keble College Chapel Choir, but also in regular concerts, organ recitals and the annual Keble Early Music Festival takes place each February. The mixed choir is made up of approximately twenty-four voices, including eighteen choral scholars and two organ scholars. We regularly tour, broadcast, perform concerts and record ... The Chapel Organ is a 4-manual Tickell instrument built in 2011. Recently tonally remodelled by Francesco Ruffatti and Fabrizio Scolaro, it has 43 speaking stops, mechanical key action and electric stop action, and is one of the finest and most versatile instruments in the UK ... There is a regular series of organ concerts during term.’

Category Chapels
@ Keble College Chapel Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)167
Also indexedKeble Early Music Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)227

'Parlour Concerts (or house concerts) are "proper" professional concerts but in an intimate setting. They offer an exceptional opportunity to see and interact with talented musicians informally and personally ... Guests pay an agreed donation to provide the artists with a guaranteed income – this is how they earn their living! Because of the very small audience size we do need to know for sure whether you will be attending or not ...'

@ Manor Farm
VISITS (to the Website)218
Also indexedParlour Concerts
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)398

‘The Choir of Merton College has established itself as one of Oxford’s leading mixed-voice choirs. The choir consists of 30 undergraduates and post-graduates, many of whom hold choral scholarships at the College. Members of the choir read a wide range of subjects, and some members of the choir are students at other colleges. The main focus of the choir’s work is the singing of the services in Merton College Chapel where, in addition to Choral Evensong, special services such as the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Carol Services and the Requiem Mass for All Souls have a large following. The choir continues to build its reputation worldwide through numerous international tours, broadcasts and recordings ... In a golden age of organ-building, the College’s new Dobson instrument stands out as exceptional. It is only the third American-built organ sent to the UK since the Second World War, a bold commissioning choice.’

Category Chapels
@ Merton College Chapel Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)115
Also indexedPassiontide at Merton
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)209

‘The Theatre is now owned by The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) who are the biggest theatre owners in the country, owning 40 theatres across the UK. Audiences at the theatre can once again see leading opera and ballet companies, from Welsh National Opera to the English National Ballet, contemporary dance, hit musicals like Chicago and Guys and Dolls, and of course sell-out pop concerts. The venue’s current capacity is 1785 and the building is not listed.’

Category Oxford
@ New Theatre Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)78
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)211

‘Opened by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on 12 May 1897, Oxford Town Hall is a Victorian Grade II* listed building which hosts over 2,000 events throughout the year ... Oxford Town Hall welcomes you to listen and enjoy our world famous Father Willis organ played by the city's finest organists.’  The Events Calendar features a range of other concerts and recitals.

@ Oxford Town Hall
VISITS (to the Website)35
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)82
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford and venue for concerts, lectures and events ... Constructed between 1664 and 1669 and funded by Gilbert Sheldon, Warden of All Souls College and later Archbishop of Canterbury, the Sheldonian Theatre is the first major design of Sir Christopher Wren. The original roof, hailed as a masterpiece of architectural design, is made up of a series of timber trusses and complicated cross beams supported by braces and screws without any columns.’

Category Oxford
@ Sheldonian Theatre Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)19
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)59
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

St Anne’s College has a vibrant musical life that places outreach and development at the centre of the college’s musical values ... St Anne’s College and the Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership present four unique projects:  St Anne’s Camerata is a unique string orchestra at Oxford (a hybrid of the traditional Oxbridge college choirs), with professionals, scholars, and exhibitioners; Beyond the Dots is an exceptional series of performance events that illuminate music. Events are usually free and always open to the public; The Oxford Conducting Institute provides seminars, workshops, and short courses for conductors; Orchestrate A programme that links University orchestrators with orchestras, choirs, and the Oxfordshire County Music Service, culminating in massed performances in Oxford and London.’

@ St Anne's College Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)87
Also indexedSt Anne’s Camerata | Beyond the Dots | Oxford Conducting Institute | Orchestrate
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)184

Wolfson has grown and evolved over the past 50 years, retaining its founding President Sir Isaiah Berlin’s egalitarian ethos of being “new, untrammelled and unpyramided”. The College officially became Wolfson College in 1966, when it was renamed in honour of Sir Isaac Wolfson, who contributed toward the College’s foundation ... Our online calendar is packed with events, including lectures, concerts, plays, dinners, exhibitions and seminars.’

Category Oxford
@ Wolfson College Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)23
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)48

'We aim to run three contests (plus other events) per year. Entries are welcome from bands from outside of the Association; further details are available from the Contest Secretary. We endeavour at all times to appoint experienced, well-known and highly respected adjudicators at our contests.'

~ Oxfordshire and District Brass Band Association
VISITS (to the Website)143
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)232

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