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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.chippingnortonfolk.org.uk

‘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
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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.org

'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.englishmusicfestival.org.uk

‘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.‘ Held Late May.

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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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Also indexedUniversity of Oxford
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www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk

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
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henley-festival.co.uk

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
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www.henleymusicschool.co.uk

‘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.‘

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www.hyf.org.uk

‘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!‘

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www.lenthallconcerts.org.uk

‘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.’

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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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sites.google.com/site/oxfordorganists/

‘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.’

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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.oxfordchambermusic.org

‘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.’

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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.oxfordguitarsociety.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.oxfordlieder.co.uk

‘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.

Category:Oxford
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www.oxfordmaymusic.co.uk

‘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
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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.witneymusicsociety.org.uk

‘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’.

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www.wychwoodfolkclub.com

‘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
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www.5waysharmony.org

‘A group of men who love to sing in the Barbershop style. Founded in 2003 they have quickly established themselves both locally and nationally as a chorus dedicated to the enjoyment of acapella 4 part harmony. Their infectious enthusiasm is guaranteed to put a smile on your face with a programme ranging from 19th century minstrel songs through to popular songs.’

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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.adms.org.uk

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.’

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www.abingdonconcertband.org.uk

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‘.

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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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allsaintssingers.org

‘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.’

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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.burfordorchestra.org.uk

’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.’

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www.burfordsingers.org.uk

‘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.‘

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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.harmonyinspires.org

‘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. We love to perform and we participate in various sing-outs and competitions throughout the year, including the national convention of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS).’

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www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk

‘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!‘

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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.jubilateoxford.com

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
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www.kidlingtonconcertbrass.org.uk

‘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’.

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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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lowerwindrush.co.uk

‘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 ... Although we wish to remain a relatively small and intimate choir, we would welcome more singers in all sections. There are no auditions but an ability to read music is desirable.‘

Category:Witney
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www.magdalencollegechoir.com

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.’

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www.marshgibbonsilverband.org

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www.newcollegechoir.com

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)’.

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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.oxfordcherwellbrass.com

‘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!’

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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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oxfordstudioorchestra.org.uk

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’.

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www.stgilesorchestra.org.uk

‘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.‘

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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.vox-choir-oxford.co.uk

‘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
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www.witchert.org.uk

‘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
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www.witneytownband.org.uk

‘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).’

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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

Visits to the Website58
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www.yobos.co.uk

‘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.’

Visits to the Website24
Also indexedYOBOS
Views of Full Record71

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.'

Visits to the Website123
Also indexedUnicorn Theatre | Music at the Unicorn
Views of Full Record162

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.'

Visits to the Website44
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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.)

Visits to the Website93
Also indexedBlenheim Palace Festival of Literature, Film and Music
Views of Full Record144

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 ...'

Visits to the Website64
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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 ... 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
Visits to the Website91
Also indexedChrist Church Cathedral Choir
Views of Full Record109

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.’

Visits to the Website77
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
Visits to the Website49
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www.kentontheatre.co.uk

‘The fourth-oldest working theatre in the country. It is a Regency gem, set in the heart of Henley-on-Thames, with a warm, friendly and cosy intimacy that makes you want to come back. Our policy is to provide a varied programme to suit all tastes, featuring professional touring companies as well as local amateur societies and dance groups.’

Visits to the Website19
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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 ...'

Visits to the Website80
Also indexedParlour Concerts
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www.merton.ox.ac.uk/chapel-choir

‘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
Visits to the Website30
Views of Full Record69

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.'

Visits to the Website66
Also indexedMusic By The River
Views of Full Record165

www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford/

‘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
Visits to the Website20
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www.st-annes.ox.ac.uk/music

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.’

Visits to the Website25
Also indexedSt Anne’s Camerata | Beyond the Dots | Oxford Conducting Institute | Orchestrate
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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.'

Visits to the Website32
Views of Full Record65

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