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

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

OSJ Proms at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 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

OSJ Carols at Dorchester Abbey

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

O Magnum Mysterium and other carols OSJ Ashmolean Voices John Lubbock conductor
Sweelinck Hodie
Byrd O magnum mysterium
Mendelssohn Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden
Ola Gjeilo Serenity (O magnum mysterium)
Handl Resonet in laudibus
Victoria O magnum
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day trad arr Willcocks
Scarlatti O magnum

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – Carols

December 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

SOLD OUT    O Magnum Mysterium and other carols OSJ Ashmolean Voices John Lubbock conductor
Sweelinck Hodie
Byrd O magnum mysterium
Mendelssohn Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden
Ola Gjeilo Serenity (O magnum mysterium)
Handl Resonet in laudibus
Victoria O magnum
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day trad arr Willcocks
Scarlatti O magnum

Strauss Gala at St John’s Smith Square

December 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm St John’s Smith Square, St John's Smith Square

Strauss Gala at St John’s Smith Square, 2pm
Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior. Plus well-known tunes from Strauss and Lehar,
‘Turkish movement’ from the Mozart 5th violin concerto, and Kreisler favourites Liebesleid and Schön Rosmarin with brilliant young violinist Mathilde Milwidsky
Chopin Minute Waltz with Maki Sekiya piano.
Orchestra of St John’s
John Lubbock conductor

Strauss Gala at Dorchester Abbey

December 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Strauss Gala at Dorchester Abbey, 7pm
Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior. Plus well-known tunes from Strauss and Lehar,
‘Turkish movement’ from the Mozart 5th violin concerto, and Kreisler favourites Liebesleid and Schön Rosmarin with brilliant young violinist Mathilde Milwidsky
Chopin Minute Waltz with Maki Sekiya piano.
Orchestra of St John’s
John Lubbock conductor

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – 2017 season ticket

1st January 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 12th December 2017 @ 7:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

2017 SEASON TICKET FOR ALL EIGHT OSJ ASHMOLEAN PROMS  AVAILABLE FOR £80

My Music at SJSS – Prue Leith

9th February 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm St John’s Smith Square, St John's Smith Square

Famous people discuss music that has meant the most to them in their lives. OSJ plays their choice of pieces. Prue Leith Restaurateur, television presenter, journalist, cookery writer, novelist  is interviewed by Paul Blezard about her life and musical influences.

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – Russian strings

14th February 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

Tchaikovsky Serenade, Shostakovich prelude and scherzo, Arensky Variations, Koussevitsky Bass concerto

My Music at SJSS – Libby Purves

16th March 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm St John’s Smith Square, St John's Smith Square

Famous people discuss music that has meant the most to them in their lives. OSJ plays their choice of pieces. Libby Purves of BBC R4 Start the Week is interviewed by Paul Blezard about her life and musical influences.

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – March music for autism event

21st March 2017 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

The performers of the evening concert will give a relaxed concert for people with disabilities, at 12 noon in the Headley Lecture Theatre of the Ashmolean Museum, before the March, June and November concerts.

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – French songs

21st March 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

French songs with OSJ and Ilona Domnich soprano
Faure Dolly Suite, Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne, Bizet L’Arlesienne
Faure Four songs

Edington Arts Festival

25th March 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Edington Priory Church, Monastery Road

String soloists of OSJ perform masterpieces of the string sextet repertoire at the Edington Festival

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – English and Russian Songs

11th April 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

Prokofiev Visions Fugitive, Vaughan Williams House of Life, Walton Two pieces from Henry V, Quilter Four songs, Elgar Serenade

Bach St John Passion – Dorchester Abbey

14th April 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Written for Good Friday in 1724, the passion was the centrepiece of Bach’s year-long cycle of liturgical cantatas. Perhaps the biggest joy of the St John Passion is that, for all the ferocity and sorrow of the Good Friday story, it’s a truly optimistic work, anticipating the resurrection with music suffused with light and hope.

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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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Concert leaflet 2017

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Ashmolean Concerts February to June 2017

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Listen to John Lubbock on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live

Listen to our Artistic Director, John Lubbock, talking on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live programme about the origins of OSJ and his mission to take classical music out into the community.

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