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Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
01865 277299

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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May 2022

May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Angela Gheorgiu

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £60

Our season of great singers continues with the Oxford debut of Angela Gheorghiu. It was Verdi with which the Romanian soprano sprang to international attention more than two decades ago, and it is Verdi to which she returns in this concert, featuring arias from two of his most inventive operas, and perhaps his best-loved overture. We also feature the world premiere of a work for cello and orchestra based on themes from Puccini's operas, written and performed by our own…

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May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Beethoven and his Colleagues VI

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

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Solo Cello Mats Lidström is joined by Sholto Kynoch to resume our series of Beethoven's cello sonatas, beginning with a genuine rarity: the composer's own cello arrangement of his perky Horn Sonata in F major. As well as works by the composer's contemporaries Wölfl and Romberg, we hear two more of Beethoven's five cello sonatas. No. 3 is a work born amid tears and sorrow, its poignancy lined with sweetness. By the time of the fourth, the…

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June 2022

June 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Brahms

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

Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102, ‘Double Concerto’ Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 Anna-Liisa Bezrodny violin Mats Lidström cello Marios Papadopoulos conductor Two decades in the making, the first of Johannes Brahms's symphonies is a powerful drama of heroism and defiance whose journey to victory over torment contains as much intimacy as grandeur. This is a symphonic struggle on Brahms's own lyrical , melancholy-tinged terms with hints of the delicate nobility that would characterise the composer's…

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June 12 @ 7:00 pm

Beethoven’s Ninth

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £60

Beethoven Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80, ‘Choral Fantasy’ Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, ‘Choral’ Claire Rutter soprano Angela Simkin mezzo-soprano Benjamin Hulett tenor David Shipley bass Philharmonischer Chor der Stadt Bonn Paul Krämer chorus master Marios Papadopoulos piano/conductor Concert introduced by John Suchet Beethoven's ninth still sounds palpably off-the-leash despite the two centuries of musical evolution that have passed since its first performance in 1824. This most iconic of symphonies is still riddled with contradictions - part model of classical form, part complete…

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June 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Tasmin Waley-Cohen

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£13.50 – £33.50

Mendelssohn The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, ‘Fingal’s Cave’ Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin Marios Papadopoulos conductor Before Beethoven's 'Eroica' came his first breakthrough symphony. The composer's Symphony No. 2 is packed full of innovation, all of it concealed deftly under a joyous veneer of wit, lyricism and playful energy. This fascinating and ever-engaging symphony is heard after a piece every bit as spontaneous and open-hearted: the song for…

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June 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Beethoven’s Mass in C major

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

Beethoven Die Weihe des Hauses Overture, Op. 124 Beethoven Ah! perfido, Op. 65* Beethoven Mass in C major, Op. 86 Eilana Lappalainen soprano* Soloists to be announced Crouch End Festival Chorus David Temple chorus director Peter Tiboris conductor Beethoven's primary concern in his radiant Mass in C major was 'not God or princes, but the human being entering the church.' A combination of spirituality and humanity can be felt in almost every bar of the piece, which treated the text and sentiments of the Mass as…

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July 2022

July 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Immortal Beloved

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

Beethoven Excerpt from Andante favori, WoO 57 Beethoven Andenken, WoO 136 Beethoven An die Hoffnung, Op. 32 Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 Beethoven Resignation, Wo0 149 Beethoven Bagatelle in E flat major, Op. 126 No. 6 Beethoven Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß from String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 Jessica Duchen narrator Benjamin Appl baritone Manon Fischer-Dieskau piano Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic The identity of the 'Immortal Beloved', to whom Beethoven wrote an unaddressed love letter…

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

Summer Series I – Baroques Favourites

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £32

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 Marcello Oboe Concerto Handel Water Music Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350 Albinoni Adagio in G minor Pachelbel Canon in D major Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 Ewan Millar oboe Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Marios Papadopoulos harpsichord/director In the beautiful surroundings of the new Olivier Hall and St-Martin-in-the-Fields, soloists from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra take you to the cradle of musical civilization - the Italian baroque. The works by Albinoni…

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July 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Summer Series I – Baroque Favourites

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £32

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 Marcello Oboe Concerto Handel Water Music Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350 Albinoni Adagio in G minor Pachelbel Canon in D major Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 Ewan Millar oboe Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Marios Papadopoulos harpsichord/director In the beautiful surroundings of the new Olivier Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, soloists from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra take you to the cradle of musical civilization - the Italian baroque. The works by…

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July 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Summer Series II – The Eight Seasons

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £32

Piazzolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Vivaldi The Four Seasons Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Marios Papadopoulos harpsichord/director Not four seasons, but eight seasons. Vivaldi's set of four concertos depicting scorching sun, searing storms and spring danced sound as evocative today as they did in the early 18th century. Few composers have matched the Italian's combination of virtuosity with melodic outpouring and orchestral colour. One who did lived more than two centuries later in an entirely different corner of the planet. Piazzolla's…

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July 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Summer Series II – The Eight Season

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £32

Piazzolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Vivaldi The Four Seasons Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Marios Papadopoulos harpsichord/director Not four seasons, but eight seasons. Vivaldi's set of four concertos depicting scorching sun, searing storms and spring dances sound as evocative today as they did in the early 18th century. Few composers have matched the Italian's combination of virtuosity with melodic outpouring and orchestral colour. One who did lived more than two centuries later in an entirely different corner of the planet. Piazzolla's…

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July 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Summer Series III – The Mastery of Mozart

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £32

Mozart Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major, K. 364 Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 Charlotte Scott violin Rosalind Ventris viola Marios Papadopoulos conductor The viola became Mozart's most beloved instrument. The distinctly mellow, plaintive sound of the instrument saturates the composer's sublime Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for Violin and Viola, a piece that glows from within when the instruments aren't chasing each other down.…

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July 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Summer Series III – The Mastery of Mozart

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £32

Mozart Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major, K. 364 Mozart Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 Charlotte Scott violin Rosalind Ventris viola Marios Papadopoulos conductor The viola became Mozart's most beloved instrument. The distinctively mellow, plaintive sound of the instrument saturates the composer's sublime Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for Violin and Viola, a piece that glows from within when the instruments aren't chasing each other down.…

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