Music for Autism

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.

Orchestra of St John's

OSJ appears in its chamber music guise at St John the Evangelist, in
Oxford. We are regular invitees to their concert series.

Image: OSJ in rehearsal at SJE.

Orchestra of St John's

Our appearances at the annual Music in the Abbey festival in Dorchester are a wonderful opportunity to work with new artists, and a great complement to our regular season concerts at the same venue.

Image: Ellie Edmonds and Sarah Williamson in concert at MITA with OSJ.

Music for Autism

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.

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.

Orchestra of St John's

OSJ's work in the community is a core part of our activity - this includes regular
projects with local school Oxford Spires Academy.

Image: Poet Kate Clanchy with students from OSA.

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forthcoming concerts

Season ticket – OSJ Ashmolean Proms 2019

January 1 @ 8:00 am - December 1 @ 8:00 am Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

2019 SEASON TICKET FOR ALL EIGHT OSJ ASHMOLEAN PROMS AVAILABLE FOR £80
Tickets available via the BUY TICKETS link below.
When you purchase tickets, please do consider adding a voluntary donation to support our work in the community.

Displaced Voices – panel discussion at Somerville College and Open House Oxford

January 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Somerville College, Woodstock Road

17.30 PANEL DISCUSSION Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College

‘Displaced Voices’ in Oxford – music and poetry by children and refugees

January 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Somerville College, Woodstock Road

This concert is the culmination of OSJ’s three-month community engagement project with the Oxford Spires Academy. Four refugee and migrant students from the Academy have worked with composer Toby Young and OSJ’s associate conductor, Cayenna Ponchione, to create orchestral ‘backing tracks’ to spoken word performances of their own poems. The project builds on the award-winning poetry programme at the school developed by author Kate Clanchy. Three additional poems from Clanchy’s edited volume of the students’ poems: England: Poems from a School (Picador), have been set by professional composers for voice and orchestra.

‘Displaced Voices’ at Kings Place – music and poetry by children and refugees

January 19 King’s Place, 90 York Way

The performance will also feature special guests, violinist/singer-songwriter, Alice Zawadski, and the young musicians of Play for Progress. PFP delivers therapeutic and educational music programmes for young people impacted by conflict, to help them avoid isolation and engage with, learn through, and explore their capabilities in music.

Music for Valentines Day – OSJ Ashmolean Prom

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

A concert for Valentines Day with OSJ Ashmolean Voices

Sir Vince Cable – My Music at Wigmore Hall

February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, Marylebone

Famous people discuss music that has meant the most to them in their lives, with OSJ playing arrangements of their choice of music live in the concert hall.

Afghan Women – traditional Afghan instruments

March 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Hoywell Music Room, Holywell Street

As part of our Afghan Women’s Orchestra project … a presentation and demonstration of traditional Afghan instruments and music with John Baily and Veronica Doubleday.

Afghan Womens Orchestra – two schools concerts

March 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ,

As part of our Afghan Womens Orchestra project, two concerts for schools

Afghan Womens orchestra in Oxford – panel discussion at Somerville

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Somerville College, Woodstock Road

Panel discussion exploring Women music education in Afghanistan

Afghan Womens Orchestra at the British Museum

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm British Museum,

A concert and fundraising event at the British Museum, organised by the  Afghan Embassy, London

Afghan Womens Orchestra at Harrow Arts Centre

March 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Harrow Arts Centre, 171 Uxbridge Road

Afghan Women’s Orchestra at Harrow Arts Centre

Afghan Women’s Orchestra in Oxford

March 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street

Afghan Women’s Orchestra

Musicians from Kabul – side by side with OSJ players

Concert starts at 5pm

Afghan Womens Orchestra at Lancaster House

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Lancaster House, Stable Yard, St. James's

Afghan Women’s Orchestra

Musicians from Kabul – side by side with OSJ players

Admission by invitation only

Event hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

For more information on the Afghan Womens Orchestra project, click here

Masterworks for cello and orchestra – OSJ Ashmolean Prom

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

We are delighted to welcome Margarita Balanas, who joins us for a concert including masterworks for cello and orchestra.  She will perform Saint-Saëns’ first cello concerto – a passionate work in A minor which showcases both strength and delicacy in the solo instrument and orchestra. Combine this with Milhaud’s well-known suite for wind ensemble, and beautiful music from that master of lyricism Gabriel Fauré, and you are looking at one fantastically satisfying evening.

Stanley Johnson – My Music at Wigmore Hall

March 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, Marylebone

Famous people discuss music that has meant the most to them in their lives, with OSJ playing arrangements of their choice of music live in the concert hall.

Baroque masterpieces – OSJ Ashmolean Prom

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

‘Baroque masterpieces’
Jan Schmolck and Howard Moody violin and harpsichord

Stabat Mater at Dorchester Abbey

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Schubert Stabat Mater in F minor
Bach cantata 82 ‘Ich habe genug’
Verdi Stabat Mater

Bach Schubert and Verdi at SJE Arts

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm SJE Arts, 109A Iffley Road

Schubert Stabat Mater in F minor
Bach cantata 82 ‘Ich habe genug’
Verdi Stabat Mater

Sir Trevor McDonald – My Music at Wigmore Hall

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, Marylebone

My Music is a popular OSJ series – famous people discuss music that has meant the most to them in their lives, with OSJ playing arrangements of their selections, live, in the concert hall.