Orchestra of St John's | Taking classical music out into the community
A professional chamber orchestra that serves its community

A richly varied programme of concerts, both orchestral and choral, in Oxford, at Dorchester Abbey and at Wigmore Hall in London.

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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11 December 2021
Dorchester Abbey

Celebrate the festive season with Britten’s vibrant Ceremony of Carols, alongside all your favourite festive songs.

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£15 – £20 56 tickets left Buy Now
18 December 2021
Dorchester Abbey

Hallelujah, it’s time for Handel’s Messiah! Don’t miss this festive favourite, featuring the fabulous Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie, Charlie Tetley, George Curnow and Frazer Scott as soloists

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£15 – £20 40 tickets left Buy Now
19 December 2021
SJE Arts

Hallelujah, it’s time for Handel’s Messiah! Don’t miss this festive favourite, featuring the fabulous Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie, Charlie Tetley, George Curnow and Frazer Scott as soloists

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£15 – £20 119 tickets left Buy Now
31 December 2021
Dorchester Abbey

See in the New Year with us at Dorchester Abbey with a selection of joyful overtures and dances. From all-time favourites such as Strauss’ Blue Danube to lesser known gems such as Änderson’s The Typewriter, you’ll be whistling these tunes into 2022!

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Video released of Journey: Bridging Cultures Through Music, ACE project 2021

Many Worlds in One Place is the culmination of the Orchestra of St John’s Connections Project, Journey: Bridging Cultures Through Music, which brought together young refugees and asylum seekers at the Oxford Spires Academy, and their year-12 colleagues, with OSJ…

Toby Young on Radio 3 with Jess Gillam

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…

Carmina Burana – sweeping energy and intimate sensitivity

… 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,…

From our YouTube channel

Musical Hugs for NHS staff:  Vaughan Williams ‘Carol’ with Rachel Byrt and Silas Wollston

OSJ Music for Autism online Workshops

Jan Schmolck plays Bach in Dorchester Abbey

Handel Messiah

OSJ Music for Autism Early Years Workshops

John Lubbock on ‘The Home Key’

Forthcoming Concerts
  1. Britten Ceremony of Carols. 7pm. Dorchester Abbey

    December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Handel Messiah. 7pm at Dorchester Abbey

    December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. Handel Messiah. 6pm at SJE Arts, Oxford

    December 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. New Years Eve concert. 6pm at Dorchester Abbey

    December 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  5. A concert of classical and jazz music given by autistic performers

    January 22, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Why an orchestra must work in the community

John Lubbock recorded at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

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