Orchestra of St John's | Taking classical music out into the community
A professional orchestra bringing the best music to all

A richly varied programme of concerts, both orchestral and choral, at SJE Arts in Oxford, and at Dorchester Abbey.

Mucisians and Participants during the Session:" Closing Performance" at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 20, 2017.

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Our Connections programme brings together the wide range of social and community engagement work that we do. For over fifty years, this has been a key part of the OSJ’s ethos and work.

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Music for Autism

A cornerstone of Connections, our Music for Autism programme has been running continuously for over 20 years. OSJ’s musicians spend around 70 days a year in special schools, both locally and nationally, playing to and engaging with children and young people with autism.

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Young Artists Scheme

 Fostering talented young singers and instrumentalists in the early stages of their professional careers and inviting them to perform alongside OSJ’s established musicians.

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22 May 2022
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Robert and Caroline Jackson host an evening of music followed by dinner in their beautiful house and gardens. Principals of the OSJ play piano quintets by Venables and Elgar.

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28 May 2022
SJE Arts

Indulge in the power and passion of opera, with timeless classics and lesser-known gems all performed by twelve rising stars.

Featuring the Act I finale from Puccini's La Boheme, and the Seguidilla from Bizet's Carmen, this evocative evening also includes music from Mozart, Handel, Gounod, Delibes and many more with the full orchestral backing of the Orchestra of St John's.

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04 June 2022
Dorchester Abbey

Music from the Wedding, the Coronation and the 50th Jubilee to include Handel Zadok the priest, Parry I was glad, Vaughan Williams, Wesley and Purcell

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£5.00 – £30.00 166 tickets left Buy Now
25 June 2022
SJE Arts

Our final concert of the spring transports the listener through the turning of the year with Vivaldi’s timeless, Four Seasons. Vivaldi’s music will be enhanced by a world premiere of composer-in-residence Toby Young’s four motets on ‘The Seasons’. Performed on the 25th of June at SJE Arts Oxford, this concert also features J.S. Bach’s Chaconne for solo violin performed alongside the chorales on which it is based. This exciting new performance practice will give the listener a new insight into the mind of one of our greatest composers.
This concert is in partnership with Oxford Festival of the Arts

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Our Composer-in-Residence Toby Young discusses the music he loves with Jess Gillam! Listen again – BBC Radio 3, 12.30pm on 17 July.   It has been a joy to work with Toby over the past few years on projects including…

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… The performance by members of the Orchestra of St John’s and OSJ Oxford Voices was given in the version for two pianos and much percussion, in place of the original scoring for large orchestra and two or three choirs,…

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