OSJ Players

Jan Schmolck, leader

In addition to being leader of the Orchestra of St John’s Jan is also Principal Second Violinist of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. He has guest-led many orchestras in the UK, including the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia, as well as the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in the production of Tom Ades’ opera “Powder Her Face”.

Jan’s solo performances with OSJ have included Bach’s violin concertos, the complete Brandenburg concertos, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and violin concerto no 5, Beethoven violin concerto as well as many performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and a series of performances of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons. Solo performances with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields include the Schnittke Double concerto at the Barbican Centre and a broadcast for French Radio of duo sonatas with Kenneth Sillito from the Chatelet, Paris.



Richard Milone

Simon Kodurand

Jessica O’Leary

Jake Rea

Rebecca Scott

Matthew Ward

Gregory Warren Wilson

Gustav Clarkson

Chris Pitsillides
Rachel Byrt

Emma Sheppard


John Heley

David Bucknall

Jonathan Tunnell

Double bass
Lynda Houghton

Tony Hougham

Wind and brass

Fiona Kelly

Christine Hankin

Chris O’Neal

Alison Alty

Ian Scott

Lee Stephenson

Gavin McNaughton

Stephen Maw

Paul Archibald

Stephen Stirling

Chris Nall

Howard Moody keyboards

Maki Sekiya piano


Over 50 years we have built especially strong relationships with the following musicians:

Michael Collins clarinet
Sir James and Lady Galway flute
Stephen Isserlis cello
Stephen Kovacevich piano
Jack Liebeck violin
John Lill piano
Tasmin Little violin
Dame Felicity Lott soprano
Dimitri Sitkovestky violin


Angell Trio
Frances Angell piano
Jan Schmolck violin
Sally Pendelbury cello

The Derek Paravicini Jazz Quartet
Derek Paravicini piano
Hannah Davey soprano
Ben Holder violin
Ollie Howell drums

The Gwilym Simcock Jazz Quartet
Yuri Goloubev double bass
Asaf Sirkis drums
Klaus Gesing reeds
Gwilym Simcock piano

OSJ Ashmolean Voices

OSJ Voices