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Sheldonian Theatre

Elegant, sophisticated and brimming with old fashioned glamour, this unusual venue is ideal for luxurious private dining, drinks and wedding receptions, talks & meetings, awards ceremonies, musical concerts and performances. Located in the city centre, the venue’s main space hosts 750 with a further meeting room for 80. It also boasts a rarity in the city – an indoor space at the top of the venue where you can enjoy drinks and panoramic views of the city’s skyline.

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Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom

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December 2022

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Beethoven Three

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, ‘Elvira Madigan’ Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op.  55, ‘Eroica’ Marios Papadopoulos piano/conductor Of all of Beethoven’s symphonies, the Third always remained dear to him, and was perhaps even his favourite. A turning point in nineteenth-century music and a breakthrough towards the Romantic era, the revolutionary ‘Eroica’ symphony is high in emotions, capturing hope, grief and freedom, with an enduring heroism throughout. Marios Papadopoulos conducts it here, as well as…

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December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Christmas with John Rutter

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Programme to include Finzi In terra pax, Op. 39 John Rutter Joseph’s Carol Susannah Hill soprano Jonathan Brown baritone The Choir of Merton College John Rutter conductor John Rutter returns to Oxford for another Christmas celebration in the company of the Choir of Merton College, with soloists Susannah Hill and Jonathan Brown. Gerald Finzi’s seasonal cantata In terra pax − his last major work − forms the centrepiece of a programme that features carols and Christmas music old and new including some of John’s own…

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January 2023

January 14, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Genius of Mozart | Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Mozart Divertimento in D major, K. 136 Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503 Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385, ‘Haffner’ Alim Beisembayev piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor Mozart’s piano concertos trace the rapid development of his genius. The example numbered 25 was the last in an extraordinary batch in which Mozart’s quest to wed beauty and nobility, entertainment and innovation, reached new heights. Under the fingers of Alim Beisembayev, Mozart’s majestic, mercurial piano concerto follows the composer’s joyous Divertimento…

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February 2023

February 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tchaikovsky and Brahms | Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 Leia Zhu violin Marios Papadopoulos conductor Overlooking a lake in the Austrian resort of Pörtschach, Johannes Brahms wrote a symphony that captured all he saw: the beauty of the sunset, the stillness of the night, a new day awakening. Brahms’s symphony of light and shadows tells of the magnificence of creation, but with a ribbon of mourning tied around its arm. Before Marios Papadopoulos conducts what is…

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February 15, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Sir András Schiff in Recital

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Programme to be announced from the stage Sir András Schiff piano As a prelude to the 25th Anniversary of the Oxford Piano Festival we present the Festival’s President Sir András Schiff in recital in the Sheldonian Theatre. Having collaborated with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, Sir András Schiff now focuses primarily on solo recitals, play-directing and conducting. Since 2004 he has performed the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas in over twenty cities, including Zurich where the cycle was recorded live for…

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April 2023

April 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

St Matthew Passion | Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 Robert Murray Evangelist Tristan Hambleton Christ Mary Bevan soprano Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano Mark Wilde tenor David Stout bass The Choir of The Queen’s College The Boys of Radley College Choir Owen Rees conductor Bach’s great depiction of Jesus’s arrest and crucifixion, the St Matthew Passion, was unprecedented when it was first performed on Good Friday 1727. All that could have prepared the congregation at St Thomas’s Church in Leipzig was their own Lutheran belief in importance of reliving the suffering and transcendence…

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April 22, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

American Journey | Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Still Wood Notes Price Piano Concerto Barber Adagio for Strings Copland Appalachian Spring Suite Samantha Ege piano Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey conductor Between them, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber defined the orchestral sound of America in the first half of the 20th century. From Copland’s simple sounds of the open prairie to the emotional depths of Samuel Barber’s heart-rending harmonies, this is music that could have come from no other time or place. But plenty of gems of American music remain undiscovered. Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey also brings us Florence…

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April 29, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

The Creation | Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Haydn The Creation Mhairi Lawson soprano Thomas Elwin tenor Jonathan Brown bass The Choir of Merton College Marios Papadopoulos conductor In 1791, Joseph Haydn was overwhelmed by a performance of Handel’s Messiah in London. As he prepared to return home, Haydn was slipped a libretto on the subject of the creation of the universe originally conceived for Handel. When The Creation was first performed seven years later, Haydn was overcome yet again - this time by his own achievements. In representing chaos and the creation…

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May 2023

May 18, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

French Pastoral

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £48

Fauré Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80 Britten Les Illuminations, Op. 18 Debussy Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune Ravel Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose Suite) Ruby Hughes soprano Nicolò Foron conductor It was quite the gift: in 1910, Ravel wrote a set of five pieces for piano depicting classic fairytales for two children he babysat. But these little stories, from Tom Thumb to Beauty and the Beast, proved far more significant when augmented and orchestrated. The result was a present to Ravel from himself: a musical…

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June 2023

June 3, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Enigma Variations | Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £54

Morfydd Llwyn Owen Nocturne* Side-by-Side Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 Elgar Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, ‘Enigma’ Alban Gerhardt cello Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey conductor* Marios Papadopoulos conductor When Edward Elgar started to improvise a little tune at his piano one day, considering how a group of his closest friends might play that tune, he gave birth to one of the greatest masterpieces of English music. The ‘Enigma’ variations are uplifting and resigned, humorous and profound. Elgar’s dazzling, virtuosic orchestral showpiece comes after…

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June 15, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

The Orchestral Music of Afghanistan | Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £30

Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey conductor Featuring new compositions by Afghan composers living in exile, this concert celebrates the rich history of traditional Afghan music and explores how that tradition can be maintained and expanded globally at a time when making music in Afghanistan is forbidden. Curated and conducted by Oxford Philharmonic’s Conducting Fellow Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, the Orchestra will be joined by guest performers on traditional Afghan instruments to give performances of recently composed works by composers Elaha Soroor, Milad Yousufi, Arson Fahim, Meena…

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June 29, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Bruckner Seven

Sheldonian Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £54

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 Bruckner Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107 Paul Lewis piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor None of his works brought Anton Bruckner the joy and pride of his seventh symphony. This is the composer’s most delicately etched orchestral creation and his most instantly beautiful – a symphony that enshrines a heartfelt eulogy for Richard Wagner but thrusts with excitement and changeability too. For this culmination of our season at the Sheldonian Theatre, Marios…

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