Adventures in Sound

OSJ’s mission is “to serve our communities by promoting concerts of unrivalled artistic excellence“. Working with the most extraordinary musicians we aim to make the emotion, drama and culture of live classical music available to everyone.


Season ticket OSJ Proms at the Ashmolean 2016

Buy a “half price” season ticket for the complete series of 9 concerts for £110 - includes 16 Feb, 15 March, 12 April, 15 May, 7 June, 11 July,
4 October, 15 November, 18 December.

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  • RAM string orchestra
    16 Feb

    Royal Academy of Music String ensemble Hannah Frazer-Mackenzie soprano Vaughan Williams 5 variants on Dives and Lazarus Quilter Songs Debussy Dances Elgar Sospiri Britten Folk songs Britten Simple symphony John Lubbock conductor

  • christopher ball

    Sir Christopher Ball is interviewed by Paul Blezard about his life and musical influences. The 78-year-old former warden of Keble College has had a glittering career in academia, including a knighthood for services to education. He has been…

  • handel

    The three premiere performances in December of this brilliant new re-orchestration for wind instruments by John Lubbock of Handel’s famous Messiah were a triumphant success. The applause from the audience at King’s Place at King’s Place…

  • Morgan Pearse bass
    15 Mar

    Orchestra of St John’s Morgan Pearse baritone Baritone Morgan Pearse from Sydney, Australia, recently completed a tenure with the Houston Grand Opera Studio. In the 2015/16 season, Morgan will return to the English National Opera to sing…

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Bach St John Passion Written for Good Friday in 1724, the passion was the centrepiece of Bach’s year-long cycle of liturgical cantatas. Perhaps the biggest joy of the St John Passion is that, for all the ferocity and sorrow of the Good…

  • Tabea Debus
    12 Apr

    Orchestra of St John’s Tabea Debus recorder “Tabea Debus’s playing is an absolute delight.  She plays with a beautiful sense of musical line and phrasing, wearing her obvious virtuosity lightly, and producing results that are first…

  • david-mellor

    David Mellor is interviewed by Paul Blezard about his life and musical influences. David describes himself as ‘Avid music collector, dedicated follower of football and prolific journalist’. When he’s not busy introducing…

  • david-mellor

    David Mellor is interviewed by Paul Blezard about his life and musical influences. David describes himself as ‘Avid music collector, dedicated follower of football and prolific journalist’. When he’s not busy introducing…

  • Ashmolean Voices
    15 May

    OSJ Ashmolean Voices John Heley cello Cinema-goers may recognise John as the cellist in Dustin Hoffmann’s recent film Quartet, while concert-goers can see him in his role as Associate Principal cellist of Academy of St Martin in the Fields…

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    20 May

    A celebrity is interviewed by Paul Blezard about his life and musical influences. Celebrity to be announced. The Orchestra of St John’s, conductor John Lubbock, plays their choice of music – classical, jazz, folk, world …

  • OSJ-logo_justletters

    A celebrity is interviewed by Paul Blezard about his life and musical influences. Celebrity to be announced. The Orchestra of St John’s, conductor John Lubbock, plays their choice of music – classical, jazz, folk, world …

  • derek paravicini

    Derek Paravicini jazz quartet The new must-hear jazz quartet made up of Derek Paravicini on Piano, Hannah Davey Vocals, Ben Holder Violin and Ollie Howell on Drums. An evening of jazz standards  

  • evelyn glennie

    Christian Lindberg – celebrated solo trombonist, conductor and composer and Dame Evelyn Glennie – the Scottish virtuoso percussionist join OSJ in a concert of new commissions and classic works. A solo piece played by Evelyn Glennie…

  • Angell Trio

    Angell Trio – an internationally renowned chamber ensemble with a repertoire in Classical, Romantic, and modern classical string music. “It would be hard to imagine a more powerful performance” New York Times, Carnegie/Weill…

  • david tang 2

    Sir David Tang is interviewed by Paul Blezard about his life and musical influences. Sir David has found himself engaged in oil exploration in China, law in Hong Kong, and gold mining in Africa and Australia. He is the founder of fashion…

  • ilona domnich

    Orchestra of St John’s, John Lubbock conductor Ilona Domnich soprano “Ilona Domnich’s radiant, childlike Mélisande, the most mesmerising, tender and idiomatic impersonation of this role that I have seen.”  The Independent Wagner…

  • ashmolean

    Poulenc Mouvements Perpetuels Faure Nocturne and Pastourelle Poulenc Rapsodie Negre Lalo Two Aubades Faure Songs, Poulenc Songs Orchestra of St John’s with solo singers John Lubbock conductor

  • John Lubbock

    Britten Ceremony of Carols A choice selection of Christmas music OSJ Ashmolean Voices John Lubbock conductor

Listen to John Lubbock on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live

Listen to our Artistic Director, John Lubbock, talking on BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live programme about the origins of OSJ and his mission to take classical music out into the community.

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