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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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Events

July 2021

July 28 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and Stephen Kovacevich

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£15

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491 HAYDN Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London’ Stephen Kovacevich piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor For many listeners K. 491 is the ultimate Mozart piano concerto, with a dark, mysterious, and passionate intensity hard to believe in concert music of the mid-1780s. And whether or not it’s the greatest, it certainly ranks among the grandest in terms of scoring and duration. The effect on early audiences must have been startling, prompting Beethoven to say…

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June 2021

June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Chevalier de Saint-Georges & Mozart II

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£15

MOZART Divertimento in B flat major, K. 137 CHEVALIER DE SAINT-GEORGES Symphonie Concertante in G major, Op. 13 No. 2 MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 Laura Ruiz Ferreres clarinet Marios Papadopoulos conductor In the mid-1760s the child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart took Paris by storm, but at the end of the same decade, Parisians witnessed the rise of another virtuoso, the violinist Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of a wealthy planter and one of his slaves,…

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June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Steven Isserlis & Douglas Boyd with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£15

HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1 Symphony No. 92 in G major, Hob. I:92, ‘Oxford’ Steven Isserlis cello Douglas Boyd conductor Following his Oxford Philharmonic debut last season, Douglas Boyd returns to the Sheldonian to conduct two works by Haydn: the joyful first cello concerto performed by acclaimed British cellist Steven Isserlis, and the spirited Symphony No. 92, conducted at the Sheldonian by Haydn himself in 1791.

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June 2020

June 19, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Sir Bryn Terfel

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

CAROL J JONES     The Light Thief* RICHARD STRAUSS   Oboe Concerto in D major, TrV 292 WAGNER  Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin 'Was duftet doch der Flieder' from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre Sir Bryn Terfel bass-baritone Clara Dent oboe Marios Papadopoulos conductor Hannah Schneider conductor* There is no voice on earth quite like Sir Byrn Terfel’s. Here, the bass-baritone joins the Orchestra for some of the most monumental moments in Wagner,…

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May 2020

May 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Fidelio

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

BEETHOVEN     Fidelio, Op. 72 Complete concert performance Emma Bell Leonore Andrew Staples Florestan Full cast to be announced Marios Papadopoulos conductor Courage, persistence and liberty are the central themes of Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera, but he called on all three qualities to write the score in the first place. As in every other form he touched, Beethoven opened new doors in opera too – striving to fuse melodrama, operatic set-piece and symphonic thinking and adumbrating a thrilling, fertile new path in the…

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May 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Beethoven Symphony & Concerto Cycle IV

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

BEETHOVEN     Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, ‘Triple’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 Maxim Vengerov violin Mischa Maisky cello Sergei Babayan piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor In the midst of despair, Beethoven produced one of his most extrovert and optimistic works. In the Symphony No. 2, Beethoven is truly becoming Beethoven – the music crackling into life with spirit, incision and drive yet underpinned by a very 19th century sense of order. The same can be…

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May 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Symphony & Concerto Cycle IV

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

BEETHOVEN     Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, ‘Triple’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 Maxim Vengerov violin Mischa Maisky cello Sergei Babayan piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor In the midst of despair, Beethoven produced one of his most extrovert and optimistic works. In the Symphony No. 2, Beethoven is truly becoming Beethoven – the music crackling into life with spirit, incision and drive yet underpinned by a very 19th century sense of order. The same can be…

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April 2020

April 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Maxim Vengerov

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £50

GRACE-EVANGELINE MASON    To Breathe Now* BRUCH  Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 Maxim Vengerov violin Marios Papadopoulos conductor Hannah Schneider conductor* It took Brahms 14 years to write his first symphony, but it was worth the wait. The piece launches with a compelling edifice of climbing strings, plunging winds and pounding drums. What follows is a work of gripping turbulence, deep conviction and exuberant joy. Before the Brahms, we welcome…

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April 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Maundy Thursday

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BACH      St John Passion, BWV 245 Daniel Norman Evangelist David Stout Christ Mary Bevan soprano Katie Bray mezzo-soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Tristan Hambleton bass The Choir of The Queen’s College  Owen Rees conductor Drama and suffering lie at the heart of Bach’s concentrated depiction of Christ’s arrest, rendition and execution, the St John Passion. But this probing, unsettling yet beautiful work is also one of Bach’s most optimistic, ending with a confident look to the future that invites us all, irrespective of faith, to partake in…

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April 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Maundy Thursday

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BACH      St John Passion, BWV 245 Daniel Norman Evangelist David Stout Christ Mary Bevan soprano Katie Bray mezzo-soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Tristan Hambleton bass The Choir of The Queen’s College  Owen Rees conductor Drama and suffering lie at the heart of Bach’s concentrated depiction of Christ’s arrest, rendition and execution, the St John Passion. But this probing, unsettling yet beautiful work is also one of Bach’s most optimistic, ending with a confident look to the future that invites us all, irrespective of faith, to partake in…

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March 2020

March 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Sibelius

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

SIBELIUS   Finlandia, Op. 26 Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 Anna-Liisa Bezrodny violin Douglas Boyd conductor Depressed, broke and ill, Jean Sibelius walked onto his veranda one day and saw a flock of 16 swans taking flight over the lake. ‘One of the greatest moments of my life,’ Sibelius wrote in his diary, ‘legato in the trumpets.’ The swans gave Sibelius the main theme for his fifth symphony. In its…

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February 2020

February 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 RACHMANINOV     Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 Yuri Zhislin violin Marios Papadopoulos conductor ‘How fresh, how beautiful it is’ remarked one critic after the first performance of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in 1908. There is a reason this symphony is deemed the composer’s most perfect orchestral creation, as rich textures and sombre harmonies wrap themselves around Rachmaninov’s finely contoured melodies. The music smoulders, flares up and propels itself towards…

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February 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Handel’s Messiah

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

A very special performance of Handel’s oratorio ‘The Messiah’ will take place on the composer’s birthday. The Handel Festival choir, visiting the UK from Japan especially for this concert will be singing the work, joined by a stellar cast of soloists from the UK and Japan. Orchestral accompaniment is from the acclaimed Verdandi Camerata. The choir will also be performing the world premiere of ‘Majora Canamus’, a new work by Japanese composer Akane Nakanishi. The concert is free but with…

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February 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Symphony & Concerto Cycle III

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BEETHOVEN   Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 Marios Papadopoulos piano/conductor The seventh is Beethoven’s most fascinating symphony – a work whose new vision of rhythm’s relationship with harmony produced the most physical, compelling music that had ever been created. Beethoven wasn’t just exploring new techniques, he was giving voice to a wave of joy that had swept into his life and filled him with determination and optimism. Before it,…

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February 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Symphony & Concerto Cycle II

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 Marios Papadopoulos piano/conductor Should there be any doubts as to why the world is celebrating Beethoven in 2020, this concert will dispel them. From the fearsome opening thunderclap of the fifth symphony, Beethoven developed a new kind of symphonic discourse through relentless focus on one musical motto invested with unstoppable momentum. After the bursting…

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February 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Takács Quartet

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £40

BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18 No. 6 String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3, ‘Razumovsky’ Takács Quartet It is already an iconic string quartet, but according to The Spectator, the Takács Quartet has ‘never sounded better.’ At this concert in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, the ensemble opens up Beethoven’s universe via string quartets early, mature and late. They start with the freewheeling atmosphere…

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February 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: TS Eliot Four Quartets

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

TS ELIOT Four Quartets BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 Jeremy Irons narrator Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Beethoven’s music was coursing through TS Eliot’s mind when he wrote his wartime poetic masterpieces, the Four Quartets. In this performance at the Sheldonian Theatre, Jeremy Irons recites Eliot’s unsurpassed contemplation of time, the universe and the divine while Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven’s testament to beauty and humanity, the String Quartet Op. 132. Pivoting on its…

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January 2020

January 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

An Oxford Conversation: the impact of fake news on our lives

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

Join Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, Damian Collins MP, and Sarah Montague, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s World at One for a discussion about the impact of fake news on our lives. Damian Collins has stated that ‘Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation’, while Simon Stevens has raised concerns about its effects on vaccination rates with the UK recently losing its measles-free status. The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media…

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January 25, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Symphony & Concerto Cycle I

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BEETHOVEN   Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, ‘Eroica’ Marios Papadopoulos piano/conductor Concert introduced by John Suchet 250 years on from the birth of the man who changed the course of music forever, Marios Papadopoulos salutes Ludwig van Beethoven in the most absorbing and comprehensive way: presenting a complete cycle of the composer’s symphonies and piano concertos as both conductor and soloist throughout 2020. The Oxford Beethoven Festival launches…

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January 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Lisa Batiashvili

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £50

Prompted by the death of a child, Alban Berg wrote his tender Violin Concerto ‘to the memory of an angel’. The piece is poised magically between two worlds – rich and worldly, ethereal and mysterious. To play it, we welcome a debut artist of rare integrity and imagination, Lisa Batiashvili. After Berg’s tender concerto and the tantalising torso of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ symphony, we hear a Brahms symphony in which private feelings are given public expression. The composer’s fourth may be…

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December 2019

December 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Sir Antonio Pappano

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £50

Sir Antonio Pappano is as persuasive in Tchaikovsky as he is in Puccini. Covent Garden’s Music Director makes his Oxford Philharmonic debut in this concert featuring Tchaikovsky's gripping symphonic tussle with fate, his Symphony No. 4. Our own Concertmaster Carmine Lauri is the soloist in Glazunov’s gorgeous Violin Concerto, a sweet stream of seamless joie de vivre that will have you asking why you’ve never heard it before. It forms the centrepiece of this Russian feast at the Sheldonian Theatre, for which…

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December 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: A Christmas Celebration

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

Ralph Vaughan Williams was enchanted by the beauty of traditional melodies and folk tunes. The composer’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols sees him transform those tunes into something new, something festive and something uniquely atmospheric. If the Fantasia celebrates beauty in restraint, then there’s plenty of jubilant fare in our Christmas Celebration to raise the spirits. The Orchestra and Concertmaster Natalia Lomeiko are joined by Roderick Williams, two of Oxford’s finest chapel choirs and a guest from Cambridge – the King of carols himself, John…

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November 2019

November 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Vladimir Ashkenazy

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £50

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 – a score both uplifting and resigned, humorous and profound. We welcome back our good friend and Patron Vladimir Ashkenazy to conduct Elgar’s 'Enigma' Variations and the evergreens that precede it here, including Strauss’s dashing and dreamy first horn concerto from our…

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November 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: The Enlightened Trumpet

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

Paul Merkelo has been described by Gramophonemagazine as ‘a player of unusual gifts’. In anticipation of his new Sony Classical album recorded with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul joins us for the most glittering work in the trumpet concerto repertory, Haydn’s beloved E flat concerto, and a rare gem: the D major concerto by Mozart’s father Leopold, performed here on the composer's 300th birthday. Haydn’s own spirited tribute to the University of Oxford opens this concert while we end with the first…

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October 2019

October 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Music & Maths

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £50

University of Oxford Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science Marcus du Sautoy returns for our second exploration of Music and Maths, this time exploring 20th century works in which numbers can enlighten the notes. Balance and geometry were vital tools for Igor Stravinsky, whose Symphony in C is a work of utter mathematical sense – lucidly scored, enchantingly varied, and gloriously symmetrical. But the mathematics doesn’t stop there, as du Sautoy, Papadopoulos and the Orchestra turn their analytical gaze…

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October 9, 2019 @ 7:45 am - 10:00 pm

Oxford Chamber Music Festival: Scandinavian Smorgasbord

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£15 – £40

A gala concert to celebrate the rich flavours of our week of Scandinavian music:world-famous pieces by Grieg, beautiful and intense new music from our composers-in-residence, and Sibelius's astonishing violin Humoresques - a wonderful discovery for those who love his violin concerto. Sibelius Andante Festivo arr. for 2 string quartets | Grieg Holberg Suite Fagerlund Cadenza for clarinet solo | Atterberg Suite no. 3 for violin, viola and string orchestra Bjarnason Air to Breath for solo cello and strings | Gade…

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October 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Evgeny Kissin

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

A new dawn breaks with the first concert of our new season, as we inaugurate our Side-by-Side scheme for outstanding young instrumentalists (in a performance under the Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, Hannah Schneider) and collaborate for the first time with a pianist who can be safely described as iconic. Evgeny Kissin has demonstrated his unparalleled way with the poetry, drama, virtuosity and sensitivity of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which here comes before Marios Papadopoulos’s interpretation of Brahms’s second symphony whose…

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October 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Instruments of Time & Truth: Beethoven – Eroica

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£15 – £42

Join Instruments of Time and Truth for a journey into uncharted territory as Oxford’s own period orchestra performs two of Beethoven’s masterworks. Croatian virtuoso, Bojan Cicic, will lead the orchestra in the Violin Concerto, alongside which Edward Higginbottom will put his unmistakable stamp on the Promethean struggle embodied by the Third Symphony. At once humane, majestic, tender, resolute, and joyous, the experience of hearing this sublime music played by this superb band of instrumental soloists is not to be missed.…

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October 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

TEDxBonnSquare: Think Forward

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£19.99 – £49.99

The famous TED Talks are coming to Oxford, 12 speakers are joining us for 4 sessions on the following topics in the iconic Sheldonian Theatre: 1. Love, Life and Health 2. Icons. Geniuses. Mavericks 3. Tales of Tomorrow 4. Dawn of a Decade Followed by a panel discussion and an opportunity for networking after the event.

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September 2019

September 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Oxford Concert for Peace – 2019

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£25 – £45

On 21st September -UN World Peace Day-Charles Kaye is bringing The World Orchestra for Peace, represented by 20 string players, to the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, U.K. This concert, a collaboration with Rotarians from Oxford and the Thames valley, aims to promote global Peace initiatives and Rotary International’s Peace Fellowship programme. Works by Mozart, Grieg, Elgar and Tchaikovsky will be performed without a conductor which is a rare event in the music world and represents a unique opportunity that should…

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September 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alain de Botton – The School of Life

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£8 – £22

Blackwell's are delighted to be hosting a very special event at the Sheldonian Theatre with Alain de Botton on The School of Life: An Emotional Education. We spend years in school learning facts and figures but the one thing we’re never taught is how to live a fulfilled life. That’s why we need The School of Life – a real organisation founded ten years ago by writer and philosopher Alain de Botton, an organisation which has one simple aim: to equip…

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August 2019

August 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Piano Festival: Ingrid Fliter & the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

MOZART Symphony No. 24 in B flat major, K. 182 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 Ingrid Fliter piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor Ingrid Fliter makes her festival debut in the centerpiece of this concert at the Sheldonian Theatre with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. She plays one of Mozart’s best-loved piano concertos, finished in 1786 just before the premiere of The Marriage of Figaro and sharing the opera’s airborne inspiration from first note to…

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July 2019

July 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Brandenburg Concertos

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic The Brandenburg Concertos represent the culmination of Johann Sebastian Bach's four-year focus on instrumental composition and the supreme…

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June 2019

June 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Steven Osborne

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

STRAVINSKY Concerto in E flat major, 'Dumbarton Oaks' SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 RAVEL Pavane pour une infante defunte, M. 19 BIZET Symphony in C major Steven Osborne piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor 'One of the very finest of pianists' (The Guardian) Steven Osborne makes his debut with the Orchestra in a concert that springs with freshness and joie de vivre. Stravinsky sought to capture the ordered instrumental bustle of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in his own 'Dumbarton Oaks',…

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May 2019

May 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Krzysztof Penderecki

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £50

KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI Adagio for String Orchestra from Symphony No. 3 Viola Concerto Sinfonietta for String Orchestra Concertino for Trumpet and Orchestra Yuri Zhislin viola Gabor Boldoczki trumpet Krzysztof Penderecki conductor Krzysztof Penderecki's musical and personal journey has produced some of the most remarkable music of the last 70 years. Across strikingly different musical styles, he seeks 'to collect and transform the experience of the entire century' and often succeeds. Under Penderecki's baton, our own concertmaster Yuri Zhislin plays the elegiac viola concerto first…

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April 2019

April 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Yefim Bronfman

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BEETHOVEN  Overture to Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 FARRENC Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 36 Yefim Bronfman piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor To those who asked where the symphony could go after Beethoven, Louise Farrenc offered the most striking of answers. Her third symphony of 1847 is a masterpiece of symphonic design and emotional power, a work of feverish wildness, songful intensity and filigree beauty. Before it, we hear from…

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April 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Yefim Bronfman

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£15 – £45

BEETHOVEN  Overture to Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 FARRENC Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 36 Yefim Bronfman piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor To those who asked where the symphony could go after Beethoven, Louise Farrenc offered the most striking of answers. Her third symphony of 1847 is a masterpiece of symphonic design and emotional power, a work of feverish wildness, songful intensity and filigree beauty. Before it, we hear from…

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December 2018

December 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Messiah

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
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About the event HANDEL Messiah, HWV 56 Mhairi Lawson soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano Daniel Norman tenor Matthew Brook bass Schola Cantorum of Oxford Steven Grahl chorus master Marios Papadopoulos conductor 'I did think I did see all Heaven before me' wrote Handel as he finished Messiah. It's not hard to hear why. Inside its biblical stories and reflections on redemption and love, Messiah contains some of the most moving music ever composed - as touching as it is universal. For this seasonal performance in the atmospheric…

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November 2018

November 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:35 pm

Beethoven & Mahler

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
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About the event BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 MAHLER Symphony No. 4 in G major Natalia Lomeiko violin Heidi Stober soprano Marios Papadopoulos conductor Our own concertmaster Natalia Lomeiko and first-time visitor Heidi Stober star in this concert in which both Beethoven and Mahler trade railing angst for beauteous contentment. Mahler glanced elsewhere in the slimmed-down pastoral of his fourth symphony and produced some of his most heart-easing music: clouds gather, only to be gently breathed away by the soprano's…

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November 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Remembrance Day

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
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About the event BUTTERWORTH The Banks of Green Willow VAUGHAN WILLIAMS An Oxford Elegy BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 Mary Bevan €soprano David Stout baritone Rowan Atkinson narrator The Choir of The Queen's College Owen Rees conductor Oxford is at the heart of our commemoration of Remembrance Day, which this year marks 100 years to the day since the end of the First World War. Owen Rees conducts his own Choir of The Queen's College in a performance of Johannes Brahms's requiem, in…

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October 2018

October 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:10 pm

Vadim Repin

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

About the event PROKOFIEV  Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 SAINT-SAENS  Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 Vadim Repin violin Marios Papadopoulos conductor Vadim Repin makes a welcome return following his heartening performance with us in 2016. This time, the Russian violinist brings us not Shostakovich but Prokofiev, and a concerto in which wondrous fantasy and nervous energy meet to enchanting effect. After Prokofiev's concerto and a deliciously impulsive…

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March 2018

March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 25, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£7 – £20

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival is a world-class event that takes place in the central university area of Oxford each year. Around 200 speakers and authors from all over the world give talks in historic university buildings on a range of subjects from the latest fiction to biography, the arts, heritage, history, science, travel, food and drink, the environment, current affairs, politics, and business. The festival includes a highly regarded children’s programme on two weekends. The festival is organised…

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October 2017

October 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Concert’ina

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£10 – £35

An exuberant celebration of Latin rhythms and a delicious salsa of harmonies, conjuring smoky milongas in flamboyant Buenos Aires. The Santiago Quartet, a stunning group of strings specialising in Argentinian and Latin American music are joined by Julian Rowlands, renowned Bandoneonist, David Coram on piano, with soprano soloist Katie Fry and the Salisbury Community Choir: all artfully brought together by conductor, Jeremy Backhouse. The concert is supporting Mind, the leading mental health charity, a very topical cause, raising awareness and…

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September 2017

September 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Concert’ina

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£10 – £35

An exuberant celebration of Latin rhythms and a delicious salsa of harmonies, conjuring smoky milongas in flamboyant Buenos Aires. The flair of Latin America is captured by Palmeri’s striking Mass, Misa a Buenos Aires ‘Misa Tango’ & Piazolla’s Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas (Four Seasons), with extracts from Morricone's 'The Mission' and a lighthearted 'Guantanamera' and more. The Santiago Quartet, a stunning group of strings specialising in Argentinian and Latin American music are joined by Julian Rowlands, renowned Bandoneonist, David Coram…

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