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.


  • Papagena

    Sparkling vocalists PAPAGENA perform a unique a cappella cocktail of medieval, classical, folk and contemporary pieces from around the world. Their programme juxtaposes works by HILDEGARD of BINGEN and the 9th century Byzantine Abbess KASSIA…

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    Derek Paravicini is a blind, English autistic savant. His unique musical abilities are recognised all over the world. He has formed his quartet with three exceptional musicians – Hannah Davey (vocals), Ben Holder (jazz violin) and Ollie…

  • Maki Sekiya

    This virtuoso pianist, discovered by John Lubbock at Dorchester Abbey in 2013, plays Bach, Scriabin, Mozart and Lizt. Her programme will also include some operatic tunes. “Maki Sekiya nearly melted the piano with her thrilling performance…

  • risingstars

    Operatic arias, duets and ensembles with members of the Birmingham Conservatoire directed by Christine Cairns

  • The Karavai Ensemble
    12 Sep

    This award-winning ensemble of Russia’s foremost balalaika players from Oxford’s twin-town of Perm in the Urals will entrance you with an ecletic mixture of Russian folk tunes and modern classics. Entrance free with tickets for the…

  • Ilona Domnich

    Highlights from Eugene Onegin ‘The story of Tatyana and Onegin’ – This deeply moving tale is packed with big tunes, dances and a heart-stopping duel. As with his ballets, Tchaikovsky brings many symphonic elements to the music, plush…

  • dorchester

    ‘Dido and Aeneas’ – Based on the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Prince of Troy, Aeneas, Purcell hits the operatic jackpot in terms of a tune at the moment Dido dies. ‘When I am laid in earth’, is an aria of melancholic…

  • osjvoices
    14 Sep

      Dido and Aeneas is Purcell’s single most famous work. Familiar to audiences long before the rediscovery in recent decades of Monteverdi and Handel, it is also the best-known opera to have been composed before Mozart. And it is…

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    15 Sep

    Dido and Aeneas is Purcell’s single most famous work. Familiar to audiences long before the rediscovery in recent decades of Monteverdi and Handel, it is also the best-known opera to have been composed before Mozart. And it is probably…

  • Barbican String Quartet
    04 Oct

    Barbican String quartet from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama OSJ Ashmolean Voices Amarins Wierdsma: violin Ionel Manciu: violin Christoph Slenczka: viola Yoanna Prodanova: cello Ravel: Trois Chansons Ravel: String Quartet Debussy: Trois…

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    10 Oct

    Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Haydn Toy Symphony, Bach Brandenburg no 2 and more.

  • Louise Wayman
    25 Oct

    Bach Brandenburg Concertos 2, 4 and 5 Bach Cantata Jauchzet Gott Soprano Louise Wayman Instrumental soloists: Orchestra of St John’s Conductor John Lubbock Bach’s magnificent Brandenburg Concertos need no introduction. The famous Cantata…

  • Maki Sekiya
    17 Nov

    Maki Sekiya: Piano Tchaikovsky movements from the Nutcracker Suite Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition orchestrated by John Lubbock for piano and ensemble Ticket prices: £25 Chair / £10 bring your own cushion (£20 / £8 with Conductor’s…

  • Jan Schmolck
    20 Nov

    Four Seasons by Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Tango Dancers Jan Schmolck solo violin Orchestra of St Johns John Lubbock Conductor

  • Jan Schmolck
    21 Nov

    Four Seasons by Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Tango Dancers Jan Schmolck solo violin Orchestra of St Johns John Lubbock Conductor

  • Morgan Pearse
    06 Dec

    Peter Kirk tenor Ellie Edmonds alto Morgan Pearse bass Orchestra of St John’s Conducted by John Lubbock

  • Ellie Edmonds
    10 Dec

    Peter Kirk tenor Ellie Edmonds alto Morgan Pearse bass OSJ Voices Orchestra of St John’s Conducted by John Lubbock

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    Britten St Nicolas Cantata Christmas music including a new commission by Jeremy Jackman OSJ Voices Conducted by Jeremy Jackman  

  • ashmolean
    13 Dec

    Christmas Carols OSJ Ashmolean Voices John Lubbock: Conductor

  • Ellie Edmonds
    19 Dec

    Peter Kirk tenor Ellie Edmonds alto Morgan Pearse bass Orchestra of St John’s Conducted by John Lubbock

  • Morgan Pearse
    20 Dec

    Peter Kirk tenor Ellie Edmonds alto Morgan Pearse bass Conducted by John Lubbock

  • Peter Kirk
    21 Dec

    Peter Kirk tenor Ellie Edmonds alto Morgan Pearse bass OSJ Voices Orchestra of St John’s Conducted by John Lubbock

  • Ellie Edmonds
    23 Dec

    Peter Kirk tenor Ellie Edmonds alto Morgan Pearse bass Orchestra of St John’s Conducted by John Lubbock Blackwell Room, New Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford

  • Sophie Pullen
    31 Dec

    Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior. Plus well-known songs from Strauss and Lehar, including arias from glorious ‘Die Fledermaus’, with brilliant young soprano Sophie Pullen.

  • Sophie Pullen
    31 Dec

    Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior. Plus well-known songs from Strauss and Lehar, including arias from glorious ‘Die Fledermaus’, with brilliant young soprano Sophie Pullen.

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