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Area: Oxfordshire

abbeychamberconcerts.wordpress.com

'A series of chamber concerts by top-quality local musicians on one Sunday each month.'

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www.abmusfest.org.uk

‘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.

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www.abingdonsummerschoolforsolosingers.co.uk

‘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.

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www.banburyfolkclub.co.uk

'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
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www.cnmf.org.uk

'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 ...'

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www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/choral-and-organ-awards?wssl=1

'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 ...'

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www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/music

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.'

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arts.brookes.ac.uk/music/

'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.'

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Also indexedOxford Brookes University
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www.eglesfieldmusic.co.uk

'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.'

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Also indexedThe Quuen's College Oxford
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www.music.ox.ac.uk

'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.'

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henley-festival.co.uk

Category:Arts Festivals
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www.musicatoxford.com

'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.'

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www.oxfordcelloschool.org

‘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.

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www.ocmevents.org

'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.'

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www.oxford-flutes.co.uk

‘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.

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www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/music-service

'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.'

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Also indexedOxfordshire Music Education Partnership
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www.swalcliffe.org/swalcliffe/Swalcliffe_Concerts.html

'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 ...'

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www.towerseyfestival.com

'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
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www.abbeybrass.com

‘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.’

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www.abingdonoperatic.co.uk

'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.'

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www.abingdontownband.com

'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.'

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www.aliquando.co.uk

'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
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www.banburychoralsoc.co.uk

'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.'

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banburysymphony.org

'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.'

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www.bcoswesing.org.uk

'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.'

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www.bicesterconcertband.org.uk

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www.cncs.org.uk

'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 ...'

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www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk

'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.'

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www.lordwilliamsfestivalchorus.org.uk

'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 ...'

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www.marshgibbonsilverband.org

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www.nc3.org.uk

'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
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www.theoxfordgargoyles.com

'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
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www.oxfordphil.com

‘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.’

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www.thamechamberchoir.org

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.thamechoralsociety.org.uk

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www.thameconcertband.org.uk

'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 ...'

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trinitycamerata.org

'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.'

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www.woodstockmusic.info

'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.'

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www.wychwoodchorale.org.uk

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www.musicattheunicorn.org.uk

'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.'

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Also indexedUnicorn Theatre | Music at the Unicorn
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www.ashmolean.org/events/

'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.'

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www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/

'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.)

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Also indexedBlenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music
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www.chippingnortontheatre.com

'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 ...'

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www.chch.ox.ac.uk/cathedral

'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.'

Category:Cathedrals
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jdp.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk

‘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.’

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Also indexedSt Hilda’s College Oxford
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www.keble.ox.ac.uk/about/chapel/music-in-the-chapel

‘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 which 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
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www.mfmf.co.uk

'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 ...'

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Also indexedParlour Concerts
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www.henleytowncouncil.gov.uk/Music-by-the-River.aspx

'The Bandstand hosts a summer programme of weekend performances, located adjacent to the towpath enabling performances to be enjoyed by audiences on the river and in the Park.'

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Also indexedMusic By The River
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www.themillartscentre.co.uk

'A lively Arts Centre supporting local artists as well as a busy professional theatre programme, from Family Theatre to Live Music, Classes in a variety of creative arts from guitar lessons to jewellery making, singing to painting; also a busy youth arts schedule including Theatre, Dance and Music.'

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www.odbba.org

'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.'

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