Taking live music to children and young people with autism in special schools and to patients and staff in NHS hospitals; working on co-creative musical projects with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds; building cultural bridges both within our own communities, and internationally through our partnership with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music; commissioning and recording new music as part of a collaborative project with world-leading scientists to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on the critical issue of water security in many parts of the world – these are all examples of OSJ’s Connections work.
For over 50 years, OSJ has sought not only to offer innovative concert programmes of the highest artistic quality, but simultaneously to find bold and creative ways of engaging with diverse audiences and communities.
OSJ’s Connections programme brings together the many strands of the Orchestra’s social and community engagement work, the scope of which is local, national and international.
‘Music has an extraordinary power to make inroads where words can’t and build bridges where none seemed possible’
Over 20 years of taking live music, played to concert standards, into special schools.
A co-creative composition and performance project which, through a combination of poetry and music, aims to amplify the voices and experiences of young forced migrants and refugees living in the UK.
An ongoing partnership between OSJ and ANIM which saw OSJ arrange and host a residency, in Oxford and London, for the Afghan Women’s Orchestra in 2019, and which continues with an ongoing programme of Distance Learning for ANIM students provided by OSJ’s musicians.
New music commissioned by OSJ and recorded in collaboration with experimental music duo Limpet Space Race in response to the latest research by Oxford University scientists working on the effects of climate change on issues of water security in different parts of the world.
Current and forthcoming
In partnership with the University of Oxford Faculty of Music and working with a multi-cultural group of students at Oxford Spires Academy, the project explores the power of music to break down cultural barriers while providing a platform for the expression of cultural identity.
Heart to Heart is an acclaimed Korean youth orchestra for musicians with developmental difficulties. It has a commitment to enhance social inclusion for all people with disabilities. Postponed due to Covid, we hope soon to host Heart to Heart musicians for 3 days of music-making and concerts alongside OSJ’s musicians
We welcome suggestions for new creative initiatives and partnerships. If you have an idea that you would like to propose to us, please do get in touch.
In the meantime, please watch this space for our next major project!