Information for Applicants


Participants (playing students): 

All participants receive three public masterclasses and perform at the Participants’ Recital on 30 July. Although we try to accommodate participants’ choice of teachers, we cannot guarantee that everyone will receive tuition from their preferred professors. 

Participants are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all events.

Chamber Music Masterclass

The chamber music masterclass with Alfred Brendel is open to four advanced chamber music groups. The application process is separate from that of the participants. Pianists applying to attend the whole Festival as a participant may also apply for this class, though they must do so along with their colleagues in an existing ensemble.

Observers (non-playing attendees): 

Full-time observers are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all events. Observers may request private tuition (£80 per hour). Due to limited availability, tuition slots will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

Practical Information

Travel: The Oxford Bus Company (01865 785 400 / run buses from central London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports. There are frequent rail services from London Paddington and London Marylebone to Oxford (information from National Rail Enquiries on 0345 748 4950 /

Our staff are happy to advise you about your journey to and from the Festival.

Arrival and Registration: Festival staff will be at St Hilda’s College to welcome students and show them to their accommodation from 12.30pm on 27 July. All students should aim to register at the JdP, by 1.30pm.

Accommodation/meals: Full-board accommodation at St Hilda’s College includes all meals starting with dinner on 27 July and ending with lunch on 4 August.

En suite accommodation (with a private bathroom) is subject to availability and is allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. 

Requests for part-time accommodation at St Hilda’s will only be accepted, subject to availability, in July.

Practice Pianos: Festival participants may practise for up to three hours per day in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building.

Tickets for Individual Events: All full-time observers and participants will receive a Festival Pass on arrival. Festival events are also open to members of the public. Tickets available from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office:, 01865 980 980 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The repertoire list for the masterclasses will be available to view from 16 July 2019 at

Certificates: Certificates of Attendance will be presented to full-time participants and observers at the end of the Festival. 

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