Founded in 1967, OSJ has always been engaged at the heart of the community, sharing its music with diverse audiences and exploring new ways of involving minority groups. Its musicians provide more than fifty musical events each year for children with autism, adults with dementia, and refugees. Our Young Performers scheme helps the development of many aspiring professionals and supports performance by talented young musicians from a range of ethnic and social backgrounds.  OSJ also has a rich history of commissioning and performing new works from young composers.

Newly released Autumn concerts at Dorchester Abbey
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  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Dorchester Abbey
  • Wigmore
26 September 2020
Dorchester Abbey, OX10 7HH
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Bloch 'Concerto Grosso'
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 'Summer is Gone' motet for choir
Dvorak 'Serenade for strings'

Strings of Orchestra of St John’s
OSJ Ashmolean Voices

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17 October 2020
Dorchester Abbey, OX10 7HH
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Mozart  'Sonata in B Flat, KV 454'
Brahms 'Sonata No 2 in A major op. 100'
Ravel 'Tzigane'

Jan Schmolck violin
Tim Horton piano

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28 November 2020
Dorchester Abbey, OX10 7HH
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Glazunov 'Intermezzo Romantico'
Faure 'Four songs'
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 'African Suite: Danse nègre'
Wagner 'Siegfried idyll'

Ilona Domnich soprano
Orchestra of St John’s

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12 December 2020
Dorchester Abbey, OX10 7HH
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Karlowicz 'String Serenade'
Hurd 'Love bade me welcome' motet for choir
Tchaikovsky 'String Serenade'

Strings of Orchestra of St John’s
OSJ Ashmolean Voices

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Earth Flow recording released!

Earth Flow has been released! Composed by Limpet Space Race (Hannah Jacobs and Nicholas O’Brien), Earth Flow is the first in a series of new electro-orchestral compositions that meld OSJ’s string with researchers’ field recordings and the band’s experimental DIY electronics,…

Playing for NHS staff

In August we trialled a new initiative to take music remotely to NHS staff in their common rooms.

OSJ Bounces Back

Conductor John Lubbock has a few surprises up his sleeve when the Orchestra of St John’s heads to Dorchester Abbey next month. The OSJ Unlocked concert series, which runs from September to December, will feature several rarely-performed pieces alongside classical…

Serenading in gardens of NHS hospitals

“We’ve been so lucky to have such talented people come to play for us – one man said he felt like he had been to the Albert Hall!” Wonderful feedback from matron Helen, to Serenading, our series of solo performances…

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Forthcoming Concerts
  1. OSJ Unlocked 1 – 6pm and 7.45pm. Pre Booking essential

    September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. OSJ Unlocked 2 – 6pm and 8pm. Pre Booking essential

    October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. OSJ Unlocked 3 – 6pm and 8pm. Pre Booking essential

    November 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. OSJ Unlocked 4 – 6pm and 8pm. Pre booking essential

    December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. CANCELLED OSJ Ashmolean Prom – Christmas Carols

    December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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