Orchestra of St. John's

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.

forthcoming concerts

MUSIC FOR AUTISM EVENT WITH DEREK PARAVICINI – MUSIC IN THE ABBEY 2016

September 15 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Derek Paravicini (piano) will put on a concert for people with autism and other disabilities. Light music and some jazz with Christine Cairns, soprano. Admission Free.  Starts at 12am. No tickets or booking required.

Derek Paravicini Jazz Quartet – Music in the Abbey 2016

September 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Derek Paravicini Jazz Quartet, with Ashleigh Turley guest pianist An evening of jazz standards Derek Paravicini piano, Hannah Davey vocals, Ben Holder violin, Ollie Howell drums The Derek Paravicini Quartet is the new must-hear group, currently wowing audiences all over the UK, following their successful debut on the BBC’s ‘In Tune’ programme. Four stunningly talented young musicians combine to create

Brahms Requiem – Music in the Abbey 2016

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Brahms Requiem in Brahms’ own arrangement for two pianists OSJ Voices, Ilona Domnich soprano, Jake Muffet baritone Maki Sekiya, Catherine Edwards piano Brahms Songs – Ilona Domnich: Vergebliches ständchen, Wie melodien zieht es mir, Sonntag, Meine lieder; Jake Muffet: Op. 86: Feldeinsamkeit, Nachtwandler, Uber die Heide, Versunken Brahms piano pieces – Maki Sekiya: Op.119 Intermezzo in B minor, Intermezzo in

Jan Schmolck violin recital – Music in the Abbey 2016

September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Violin recital  by Jan Schmolck  with Howard Moody harpsichord and organ. Sonatas for violin and harpsichord by Bach and Handel, the famous Chaconne from Bach’s Partita in d minor for solo violin as well as Improvisations on music by Bach Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford Tel 01865 305305 Members of

A Tour of Europe through Song with Rising Stars – Music in the Abbey 2016

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Rising Stars – A Tour of Europe through Song, given by students of Christine Cairns Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford Tel 01865 305305 Members of our ‘Conductors Circle’ mailing list can enter the discount code to get 20% off. Please note the chance below to Buy a MITA 2016 Season ticket

Michel Tirabosco pan pipes, OSJ strings – Music in the Abbey 2016

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Michel Tirabosco pan pipes  ‘a prodigy of the pan pipes’ OSJ strings Vivaldi Winter from Four Seasons, Bach suite no 2 in B minor, Piazzolla Tangos: Bordel 1900, Café 1930, Night club 1960, OSJ performs Tchaikovsky String Serenade. John Lubbock conductor Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford Tel 01865 305305

Opera Gala – Music in the Abbey 2016

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Opera gala Strauss: final scene from Rosenkavalier, first sequence of waltzes from Der Der Rosenkavalier, sextet from Capriccio. Willow Song and Ave Maria from Verdi Otello, solo arias by Puccini, Gounod and Massenet OSJ with Ilona Domnich soprano, Hannah Davey soprano, Francesca Saracino mezzo John Lubbock conductor Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – Mozart and Grieg

October 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

Mozart concert aria Misero! O sogno … Aura, che in torno spiri, Grieg songs. Plus Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik  and the famous Grieg Holberg suite for strings. Wagner Moreira tenor Brazilian tenor Wagner Moreira who sung at Britten-Pears YAP at Easter 2015 has just been offered a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. Orchestra of St John’s, John Lubbock conductor

My Music at SJSS – Timothy West

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm St John’s Smith Square, St John's Smith Square

Elgar Sospiri Shostakovich Jazz Suite no.1, No.5 ‘Polka’ Haydn Symphony 94 in G maj. Finale: Allegro di molto Mendelssohn Nocturne (Midsummer Night’s Dream) Mozart ‘Ruhe sanft mein holdes Leben’ (Zaide) Mozart Bassoon Concerto KV191, Rondo Walton Façade ‘When Sir Beelzebub ….’ Beethoven Bagatelle Op.126, Andante con moto Sullivan ‘Kind Sir, you cannot have the heart’ (The Gondoliers) Gene de Paul/Pat

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – Mahler and Mendelssohn

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

Mendelssohn Song without words Mahler Kindertotenlieder Mahler 9 fourth movement OSJ Francesca Saracino soprano John Lubbock conductor Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford Tel 01865 305305 Members of our ‘Conductors Circle’ mailing list can enter the discount code to get 20% off.

My Music at SJSS – Nicholas Parsons

November 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm St John’s Smith Square, St John's Smith Square

Oscar Peterson Night train Chopin Minute waltz Ella Fitzgerald It was one of those things Vivaldi Four seasons Gershwin Summertime Tchaikovsky Nutracker two movts Beethoven Pastoral symphony slow movt Shostakovich Piano concerto no 2 slow movt Sondheim  Children will listen Rimsky Korsakov Flight of the bumble bee Nat King Cole Unforgettable Famous people discuss music that has meant the most

Handel’s Messiah at SJSS

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm St John’s Smith Square, St John's Smith Square

Handel’s Messiah in its original scoring Hannah Davey soprano Roderick Morris counter tenor Christopher Turner tenor Julien van Mellaerts baritone OSJ Voices Orchestra of St John’s John Lubbock conductor Tickets available from St John’s Smith Square box office.

Handel’s Messiah at Dorchester Abbey

December 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Handel’s Messiah in its original scoring Hannah Davey soprano Roderick Morris counter tenor Christopher Turner tenor Julien van Mellaerts baritone OSJ Voices Orchestra of St John’s John Lubbock conductor Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford Tel 01865 305305 Members of our ‘Conductors Circle’ mailing list can enter the discount code to get

Handel’s Messiah at SJE Arts

December 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm SJE Arts, 109A Iffley Road

Handel’s Messiah in its original scoring Hannah Davey soprano Roderick Morris counter tenor Christopher Turner tenor Julien van Mellaerts baritone OSJ Oxford Voices Orchestra of St John’s John Lubbock conductor Tickets available via the BOOK TICKETS link below, or by telephone/in person from Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford Tel 01865 305305 Members of our ‘Conductors Circle’ mailing list can enter the discount code to

OSJ Proms at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

December 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street

OSJ is delighted to announce a new series of Proms, at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge Corelli Christmas concerto Arias from Messiah Bach violin concerto A major Pastoral symphony, Messiah Carols for soprano and strings Bach violin concerto in E major Tickets available from Fitzwilliam Museum

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Faure played by OSJ
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“The orchestration of the melodies is very convincing and beautifully sung and the Requiem a divine understated performance which I shall treasure.” Peter Schofield

“A producer friend who does not usually hype his own work asked me to listen to a recent release. It’s a set of Fauré’s Requiem, preceded by eight Fauré songs that were orchestrated for the occasion by the conductor John Lubbock.
So I listened.
And was overwhelmed.
Sit back, listen and be ravished.”
Norman Lebrecht

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February to December 2016 programme

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