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

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – 2017 season ticket

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

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

Classical and Jazz – a public concert by performers on the autistic spectrum

March 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dorchester Abbey, High Street

Performers include Derek Paravicini piano, Ashleigh Turley piano, Claire Doran soprano

My Music at SJSS – Libby Purves

March 16 @ 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 Midweek is interviewed by Paul Blezard about her life and musical influences.

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – March music for autism event

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

A wind trio (performers from 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 Ashmolean Prom concerts.

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – French songs

March 21 @ 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 suite
Faure Four songs

Edington Arts Festival

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

Richard Strauss Opening of Capriccio
Alexander Borodin String Sextet in D Minor
Johannes Brahms Sextet No 2 in G Major

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – English and Russian Songs

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

Prokofiev Visions Fugitives, Vaughan Williams House of Life, Walton Two pieces from Henry V, Quilter Four songs Love’s philosophy,  Dream valley,  Jealous lover,  Crimson petal, Elgar Serenade

Bach St John Passion – Dorchester Abbey

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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.

Bach St John Passion – SJE Arts Oxford

April 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm SJE Arts, 109A Iffley Road

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.

My Music at SJSS – John Julius Norwich

April 20 @ 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. John Julius Norwich is interviewed by Paul Blezard about his life and musical influences.

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – Ravel and English Songs

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

Ibert Cinq Pieces en Trio
Water-Culture: Women’s Work(s) song set: Rachel Lockwood: At the Falls; Solfa Carlile: Little River; Nicola LeFanu: May Rain (world premiere); Kate Whitley: Flood Days
Milhaud Suite d’apres Corrette
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

Paravicini Jazz Quartet at Challow Park concert hall Wantage

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Challow Park concert hall, Challow Park, Challow Road

Derek Paravicini Jazz Quartet. An evening of jazz standards.

My Music at SJSS – Roy Strong

May 25 @ 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. Roy Strong Art historian and garden expert is interviewed by Paul Blezard about his life and musical influences.

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – June music for autism event

June 13 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

Singers (performers from 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 Ashmolean Prom concerts.

OSJ Ashmolean Proms – English vocal masterpieces

June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street

Vocal masterpieces by Elgar and other English composers with the OSJ Ashmolean Voices

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Featured CD from our online shop

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Price £15.00 for DD or double CD   BUY NOW
This is a beautiful recording of Handel’s Messiah in a re-orchestration by John Lubbock for Wind Orchestra, Soloists and Choir. Performed by OSJ at St John’s Smith Square in London on 5th March 2016.
This DVD or double CD features Nardus Williams (soprano), Roderic Morris (sountertenor), Christopher Turner (tenor), Bozidar Smiljanic (bass) and OSJ Voices with Jeremy Jackman (chorus master) John Lubbock (conductor).

 

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Concerts 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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