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BY Larisa    January 18, 2019

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Oxford Philharmonic Instrument Collection

BY Larisa    November 27, 2018

Partnering virtuosi with Stradivari Launching the Oxford Philharmonic Instrument Collection in partnership with J & A Beare to build a collection of instruments that can be loaned to the Oxford Philharmonic to enhance and enrich the sound Orchestra. 'Collecting fine instruments has a wonderful dimension of social impact investing: by lending instruments ... Never has investing been so engrossing nor yielded so much satisfaction.'   Irene R. Miller, New York, corporate director and amateur violinist The thrill of hearing your instrument played by the finest musicians at the most prestigious and the potential for a high return on your investment are but two of the many benefits you will enjoy as a patron of the Oxford Instrument Collection. For further information, please contact: Kathy Seligman Oxford Philharmonic OrchestraThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak1fda17a105e7223a7dfe858883ba9035').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy1fda17a105e7223a7dfe858883ba9035 = 'kathy' + '@'; addy1fda17a105e7223a7dfe858883ba9035 = addy1fda17a105e7223a7dfe858883ba9035 + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text1fda17a105e7223a7dfe858883ba9035 = 'kathy' + '@' + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak1fda17a105e7223a7dfe858883ba9035').innerHTML += ''+addy_text1fda17a105e7223a7dfe858883ba9035+''; | 01865 987 222 Maja Wegrzynowska J & A BeareThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak60540a3d91df04b8bf1ce73df34c5001').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy60540a3d91df04b8bf1ce73df34c5001 = 'maja' + '@'; addy60540a3d91df04b8bf1ce73df34c5001 = addy60540a3d91df04b8bf1ce73df34c5001 + 'beares' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text60540a3d91df04b8bf1ce73df34c5001 = 'maja' + '@' + 'beares' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak60540a3d91df04b8bf1ce73df34c5001').innerHTML += ''+addy_text60540a3d91df04b8bf1ce73df34c5001+''; | 020 7307 9658

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Annual Support

BY Larisa    November 21, 2018

Without our supporters, we could never sustain the world-class music making that we promote in Oxford, across the Thames Valley and beyond. Like most other UK orchestras, a sell-out concert will make a substantial loss with box office takings at best only just covering the fees of the orchestral players. In order to break even, we would have to double the price of our tickets. The Orchestra receives no regular funding from the Arts Council and relies entirely on its own fundraising efforts to maintain not only its ambitious concert programme featuring outstanding musicians but also its pioneering education projects and community work, all whilst striving to remain affordable and accessible to all. You can help us to maintain these wonderful concerts and projects within the community. There are numerous ways to contribute to the musical world of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and most donations attract Gift Aid. To donate click here.

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Annual Membership

BY Larisa    November 20, 2018

Without our supporters, we could never sustain the world-class music making that we promote in Oxford, across the Thames Valley and beyond. Like most other UK orchestras, a sell-out concert will make a substantial loss with box office takings at best only just covering the fees of the orchestral players. In order to break even, we would have to double the price of our tickets. The Orchestra receives no regular funding from the Arts Council and relies entirely on its own fundraising efforts to maintain not only its ambitious concert programme featuring outstanding musicians but also its pioneering education projects and community work, all whilst striving to remain affordable and accessible to all. You can help us to maintain these wonderful concerts and projects within the community. There are numerous ways to contribute to the musical world of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, most donations attract Gift Aid. To donate click here.

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Heritage Society

BY Larisa    October 3, 2018

Leaving a legacy honours your lifetime commitment to the OPO and ensures that audiences of the future will enjoy the musical experience that was so important to you.  You can provide the vital general support that keeps the Orchestra playing or you may wish to donate to specific areas of our work that mean the most to you.  Whatever you choose, as a member of the Heritage Society, your generosity endures.  Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hugo 'Having 40 years of married life together, in which the sharing of music was always integral, death leaves a great soundless void when one's partner dies. We were both always committed to supporting every opportunity to encourage our love of music in the young - whether as instrumentalists, or as engaged and informed listeners - both to the so-called classical music canon of the past, and to that of the present. Learning of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Trust's commitment to the same, after the death of my beloved husband, and needing to re-write my will, I decided that one of the three benefactors, all in his name, would be the OPO Trust, with the stipulation that it contribute to support this area of their work, which ranges from that with the very young through to that with the undergraduates of the University of Oxford, of which they are the Orchestra in Residence.' Anita Higham OBE Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul. Plato To discuss membership in the Heritage Society, please speak either to your solicitor or to Kathy Seligman on 01865 987 222 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakade8980ed447f4978767a26b0902174d').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyade8980ed447f4978767a26b0902174d = 'kathy' + '@'; addyade8980ed447f4978767a26b0902174d = addyade8980ed447f4978767a26b0902174d + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_textade8980ed447f4978767a26b0902174d = 'kathy' + '@' + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloakade8980ed447f4978767a26b0902174d').innerHTML += ''+addy_textade8980ed447f4978767a26b0902174d+'';  

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Donors and Members

BY Larisa    November 14, 2018

The generosity of our many supporters makes it possible to continue to reach new heights of music-making. Your donations and those of others support the OPO’s goal of sharing world-class music with the widest possible audience while keeping ticket prices affordable. The Orchestra receives no regular funding from the Arts Council and relies entirely on ticket sales and philanthropy to maintain our ambitious programme of concerts and the education and outreach work that sits at the heart of what we do. Your support has enabled us to accomplish our dreams for the first 20 years. There are many ways for you to ensure the we realise our ambitions of becoming one of the leading orchestras in Europe in the coming years. Diamond BenefactorsA.G. Leventis Foundation, Geoffrey & Caroline de Jager, Zvi & Ofra Meitar Family Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mr & Mrs Lief Rosenblatt, Sana Sabbagh Platinum BenefactorsThe H.K. Leventis Foundation, The Sackler Trust Gold BenefactorsAnthony & Eleanor Clake, Andrew & Celia Curran, Donald Fothergill, Grigory Gulsenikov & Yulia Guselnikova, Sir Robert Horton Charitable Trust Fund, Mrs Ingeborg Margulies, Michael & Susan Pragnell, Simon & Alison Ryde, The Thompson Family Charitable Trust, The Tolkien Trust Silver BenefactorsSir John & Lady Aird, H.E. Sulaiman Almazroui, Prof Paul Davies & Dr Saphié Ashtiany, Mr & Mrs David Cruickshank, Prof & Mrs Raymond Dwek CBE, Anita Higham OBE, Dr Adrian & Caroline Künzi, The Michael Marks Charitable Trust, Dr Michael Peagram, Erik Penser, Mr & Mrs Lennart Perlhagen, Mr & Mrs Bjarne Rieber, Andrey & Natalia Yakunin, Wicha Music Foundation BenefactorsFrancesca & Marco Assetto, Sir Winfried Bischoff, Raymond Blanc OBE, The JFR Charitable Trust, J & A Beare, Dr Timea Bor, The Calleva Foundation, Sir Ronald & Lady Cohen, Dr & Mrs Peter Collins, Michael & Heather Dalgleish, Peggotty Graham, Sir Anthony & Lady Kenny, John & Margaret Leighfield CBE, Anthony & Jenny Loehnis, The Loveday Charitable Trust, Oxford City Council, The Patsy Wood Trust, Alun Evans & Hilary Reid Evans, Nicole Rolet, Dame Theresa Sackler, James & Dr Shirley Sherwood, David & Elizabeth Ure, Dr Pål Voltersvik & Liv Astrid Høgvold, Bruno Wang, Pierre & Dr Yvonne Winkler, The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation PatronsJohn & Hilary Bach, Mr & Mrs Mark Barrett, Mary Beattie, Margarida Bento, Dr Penelope Brook, Peter & Sally Cadbury, Eric & Karen Caines, Katherine Carpenter, Prof Robin & Selina Cohen, Charles & Gisela Cooper, Mr & Mrs Omar Martin Cordes, Annie Cripps, Caroline Cronson, Tony & Revd Mary Cruddas, Prof & Mrs Robert Cumming, Neville & Christine Dalton, Prof. Dame Kay Davies & Chris Williams, Nadia Dimsdale, Colin Doak, Mr & Mrs Michael Dobbs-Higginson, Patricia Donnelly, Doris Field Charitable Trust, Julian Duxfield, Prof & Mrs Michael Earl, Mr & Mrs Alan Elliot, Laurent Faugerolas & Catherine Vaillant Faugerolas, David & Elizabeth French, Dr Richard & Dr Catharine Gilson, Professors Malcolm & Jennifer Green, Dr William Hayes & Dr Anne Grocock, Ron & Penny Gulliver, Baron Jean Louis & Baroness de Gunzburg, Jeff & Pauline Hewitt, Peter & Valerie Hill, Sir John & Lady Hood, Chris Hornby, Robert & Caroline Jackson, Mr & Mrs Glen James, Richard Jenkyns, Prof Martin Kemp, Bernadette Lavery, Michael & Dr Joyce Leech OBE, Kaye & David Lillycrop, Elizabeth Linder, Michael & Sarah Livingston, Susan & Patrick Mocatta, Joy Morning, Simon & Jennifer Murray, Mark & Jill Pellew, Derek & Muriel Pilkington, Sir Brian & Lady Pomeroy, The Queen’s College, Oxford, Lady Jane Rayne & Robert Lacey, Faanya Rose, Blake Samuels, Sander Schakelaar, David & Veronica Shirley, Judy & Andrew Silver, Richard Smethurst & Prof Susan Gillingham, Alan Smith, Gregory & Susan Spence, Lord & Lady Reginald Stewart, Robin & Debbie Swailes, Prof & Mrs Peter Tufano, Dr Jennie Turner, Jolana Vainio, Richard Viney, The Vitabiotics Foundation, Dr Trudy Watt, Sam & Suzanne Webber, Colin & Suzy Webster OBE, Charles Young Donors who prefer to remain anonymous

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Aeonian Circle

BY Larisa    November 14, 2018

The Aeonian Circle, founded on the occasion of the OPO’s 20th anniversary, is an opportunity to provide much-needed annual support on a recurring basis. By pledging your support of £5,000 or more for at least three years you are giving the OPO the best gift possible.   Members of the Aeonian Circle enjoy: Advance notice of season and priority booking Access to rehearsals VIP treatment at concerts: reserved seats, complimentary programmes and interval drinks Four complimentary tickets to the annual concert supported by the Aeonian Circle members and dinner in an Oxford College Invitation to annual Aeonian Circle members event  Named support of a musician’s chair for one year with recognition in concert programmes and on website To discuss other Aeonian Circle opportunities, please ring Kathy Seligman at 01865 987 222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak899cbe1867b0b70fa6d6f60c82eff281').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy899cbe1867b0b70fa6d6f60c82eff281 = 'kathy' + '@'; addy899cbe1867b0b70fa6d6f60c82eff281 = addy899cbe1867b0b70fa6d6f60c82eff281 + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text899cbe1867b0b70fa6d6f60c82eff281 = 'kathy' + '@' + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak899cbe1867b0b70fa6d6f60c82eff281').innerHTML += ''+addy_text899cbe1867b0b70fa6d6f60c82eff281+'';

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Data Promise

BY Larisa    May 24, 2018

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Trust and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Productions Limited are committed to protecting your privacy and data. We will use the information that we collect about you in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. Who We AreThe Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Productions Ltd is a private company limited by shares registered in England and Wales with company registration number 3592323. Its office is 29a Teignmouth Road, London NW2 4EB. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Trust, a registered charity (number 1084256) which is run by a board of trustees as a separate entity to the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Productions company. We aim to be clear when we collect your data and not do anything you would not reasonably expect. Developing a better understanding of our customers and supporters through their personal data allows us to make better decisions about events and programming, fundraise more efficiently and, ultimately, helps us to reach our goal of bringing entertainment and inspiration to Oxford and the Thames Valley by providing a diverse programme of the highest quality for all. This privacy policy sets out the ways in which we use your data and how you can hold us accountable for that.  What Information Do We Collect?You give us your information when you buy a ticket over the counter, by phone or online via our website; by signing up for one of our other events, masterclasses or workshops; by updating your preferences on our website; by making a donation; or by communicating with us. We also keep your details when you sign up to receive emails from us. The information we hold about you may include:  • Your name• Postal address• Telephone number• Email address• Ticketing history• Billing information• Donation history• Your preferences for how we communicate with you about our activities • Information that is available publicly  We maintain a record of your transaction history, but we never store your payment card number (although we may keep a note of the last four digits to help us identify transactions).  We keep a record of the emails we send you, and we may track whether you receive or open them so we can make sure we are sending you the most relevant information. We may then track any subsequent actions online, such as buying a ticket.  See our Cookie policy here for more details.  How Do We Use Your Data?If there is any important change to your booking we will contact you. This information, alongside your purchase and/or donation history, is used to select and inform you of other relevant events or activities we think may be of interest to you, as well as opportunities to support our work as an Arts Charity.  We use your data to:  • Provide you with the event tickets or respond to information you have asked for • Contact you if there are any important changes to your booking • Administer your ticket sale or donation, including processing gift aid • Keep a record of your relationship with us • Ensure we know how you prefer to be contacted • Occasionally undertake customer research to help us understand how we can improve our services or information • Tell you about changes in our services or new services, event offers, and opportunities to support us that we think you’ll find of interest • Analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information most relevant to you  If you do not want to receive information by post or email about events, offers, our fundraising activities or customer research, you have the option to change any of your contact preferences at any time by logging into your account online, or by contacting the Box Office team via the contact details at the end of this policy.  We may combine information you provide to us with information available from external sources in order to gain a better understanding of our audiences. We use profiling and segmentation to ensure communications are relevant and timely, and to provide an improved experience to our customers and supporters.  When building a profile we may analyse geographic, demographic and other information relating to you in order to better understand your interests and preferences in order to contact you with the most relevant communications.  Third PartiesWe will not share any of your personal details with any other third parties without your agreement, unless required in order to fulfil our contract with you, or allowed by law.  In general, the third-party providers used by us to fulfil our contract with you will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us. These providers include our Ticketing System provider, email distribution service and mailing house. We have agreements in place with each to ensure that your data is secure at all times, and cannot be accessed or used for any other purpose.  We may share personal information with other organisations, particularly The Audience Agency who use this to analyse ticket sales for national and regional research into patterns of Arts attendance in England (for instance, comparison sales trends over time and geographical comparisons). This assists with reporting to funders and strategic planning, helping us to make better business decisions. Your personal data is never sold on to any other agencies or companies.  Giving You ControlUnless you ask us not to, we will tell you about concerts, masterclasses, workshops, priority booking and opportunities to support us. Occasionally, we may include information in these communications from partner organisations or organisations who support us. You can opt out from these communications at any time - every email, post or SMS sent to you will tell you how to do this.  If you have opted out of marketing or fundraising communications, we may stillget in touch with you regarding your booking. For example we may email you to give you important information about the event you have booked with any changes that affect you.  How We Keep Your Data SafeYour personal data will be held and processed on Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s systems. Where possible we aim to keep a single record for each customer.  Your data is always held securely. Access to customer information is strictly controlled. It is held in the UK and the processes are EU compliant.  If required we may need to disclose your details to the police, regulatory bodies or legal advisors.  Sensitive InformationSometimes we ask you to provide sensitive information, for example when you book for certain workshops or when you apply for a job. As with all the personal information we hold, sensitive information is held securely and restricted to those who need to use it. We will delete information when we no longer need it.  Changes To This PolicyWe may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make any significant changes in the way we treat your personal information we will make this clear on our website or by contacting you directly.  Your RightsYou have the following rights related to your personal data: • The right to request a copy of personal information held about you • The right to request that inaccuracies be corrected • The right to request us to stop processing your personal data • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner's Office or Fundraising Regulator  Contact UsPlease contact us if you have any questions about Your Data Promise, or wish to be removed from any communications or data processing activities:  • Email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. 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BY Larisa    December 4, 2017

Gift Vouchers The perfect gift for a music-lover – make someone’s year that little bit more musical! Redeemable for any of our future concerts, with a wide range of repertoire and valid for one year. Buy Gift Vouchers   CDs Choose from a selection of our CDs. Free UK delivery applies. Relax and unwind today. Buy CDs

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Our Partners

BY John Bowker    December 12, 2016

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra would like to thank our partners.           Oxford Philharmonic and J & A Beare - partnering virtuosi with Stradivari

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Welcome from the Music Director

BY John Bowker    August 15, 2016

Planning each new Oxford Philharmonic season is a labour of love as we endeavour to present a wealth of music in the company of some of the finest exponents of the repertoire. Whether it is Valery Gergiev returning to launch the season, Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Brahms or Maxim Vengerov in a special chamber collaboration with The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic, we seek to create moments that capture the Orchestra’s ethos of musical integrity and for making strong musical statements. Of particular significance this season is a focus on the great Russian masterworks. From the early influence of Glinka on the national musical identity to the exotic writings of Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov, the soaring melodies of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky to the gripping orchestral brilliance of Stravinsky and Shostakovich, this repertoire lifts high both audience and orchestra. Joining us are leading interpreters Valery Gergiev, Khatia Buniatishvili, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, and Anna Tsybuleva (winner of the 2015 Leeds Piano Competition) as well as our own principal players, Natalia Lomeiko and Yuri Zhislin, who will be your guides across this vast musical landscape. I am pleased to welcome to Oxford the star cellist Gautier Capuçon playing Haydn in the same space the composer himself once conducted. Lars Vogt will bring a special energy to both the keyboard and the conductor’s baton while two charismatic artists, the cellist Steven Isserlis and mandolinist Avi Avital, will both make welcome returns with repertoire from two very different eras. As many of our patrons know, I have a deep affection for Mozart’s music and am delighted to be presenting a number of his works this season with colleagues including the soprano Rebecca Evans, flautist Emmanuel Pahud and a protégé of mine, the emerging young Taiwanese pianist Szuyu Su. In November, we gather with many friends and collaborators to mark a significant milestone with the 15th anniversary celebration of our position as Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford. Our many initiatives over the years have included masterclasses, apprenticeships in orchestral playing, tuition, composer workshops, concerto competitions, and performances and recordings with leading college choirs. Additionally, through our concert ticket discount scheme we have ensured access to world-class performances for so many students. I feel truly proud of all we have achieved. Indeed, we launch an exciting new concert format in January 2018 in a collaboration between Simonyi Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Marcus du Sautoy, and the Orchestra who together will unveil the hidden mathematical secrets behind the masterworks. This season holds a special significance for me for so many reasons. As our Orchestra approaches its 20th birthday, I too celebrate a significant personal landmark with the 50th anniversary of my arrival to this country. As a budding pianist who dreamt of a life in music, the UK provided me with an education and an abundance of opportunities to embark on a career as a performing musician. Not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that Oxford, a city that featured extensively in my early career, would become my musical home and, with the founding of our Orchestra, the heart of my creative efforts for almost 20 years and counting. From stepping off a plane aged 12 to standing at Buckingham Palace receiving an MBE for services to music in Oxford, this has been the most magical of journeys. I reminisce by way of thankful acknowledgment of the multitude of opportunities this country has afforded me. And so to our 2017/18 season, one filled with wonder, outstanding music and thrilling collaborations. I would like to invite you to join us on another journey of musical delights. Marios Papadopoulos MBE, Music Director

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Sibelius's Violin Concerto and its origins

BY John Bowker    May 9, 2016

OPO's Nick Breckenfield explains the origins behind the masterpiece... What's so different about the 1904 version of the Sibelius Violin Concerto? It was first performed in 1904 before revisions were made by the composer in 1905: this became the version that is commonly performed today. However, as noted by the publisher Robert Lienau Musikverlag, ‘the early version from 1904 did survive but previously could only be made public on rare occasions'. The early version of the violin concerto is generally classified as more dramatic than the revised version It exerts a peculiar charm and provides, together with the revised version of 1905, a unique insight into the workings of the composer. In order to meet the great interest of professionals surrounding this version, and to mark the composer’s 150th birthday, the heirs and publisher have now decided to release the early version of the concerto. The original version of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto was composed in 1903 In November 1902, Sibelius went to Berlin to conduct his revised En Saga; he could have met there the renowned violinist (and one time leader of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra), Willy Burmester, who was very keen to hear about the Concerto. Indeed, Burmester followed its progress closely, and Sibelius wanted him to accept the dedication of the work as well as giving its premiere (tentatively pencilled for March 1904). But, characteristically in Sibelius’s life, economics intervened. Sibelius needed to take evasive action because of his finances and arrange a fundraising concert before the scheduled premiere. To make an impact, he needed a new work, and so had to use the Violin Concerto. Ironically the concerts were delayed until 8, 10 and 14 February 1904 – if only he could have waited a month, Burmester could have done the premiere. Instead, the honour fell to Viktor Nováček, teacher at the Helsinki Musical Academy, with Sibelius conducting. Unfortunately, Nováček was not up to the task and critical reaction was not good, especially from Karl Flodin, who wrote about the performance: ‘[Nováček’s] playing offered a mass of joyless things. From time to time there were terrible sounds and it was impossible to fathom the composer’s meaning, so great was the cacophony’; then about the work itself: ‘The concerto is, to be honest, boring – something which could not hitherto be said about a composition by Jean Sibelius’. However, Burmester was still keen and urged Sibelius to reschedule performances that October, but Sibelius, always mindful of what Flodin had to say (he had already revised two movements of the Lemminkäinen Suite because they had not satisfied this particular critic), had already decided to withdraw the work for revision. In June 1904, he had written to Axel Carpelan: ‘I shall withdraw my Violin Concerto; it will not appear again for two years. That is my great secret sorrow at present. The first movement is to be formed completely anew, also the proportions of the Andante, and so on (although there is no Andante, and the slow movement Adagio is the least changed). The concerto eventually saw the light of day again on 19 October 1905 Unfortunately Burmester was not the soloist – this time it was the Orchestra’s leader, Karl Halir – simply because by the time the premiere was settled upon (only four months earlier, which meant that Sibelius had to quickly finish his revisions), Burmester’s diary was already full. Perhaps not surprisingly, despite his initial support and enthusiasm, Burmester’s patience was vastly over-extended and he never performed the work. The revised version of the concerto has become one of the twentieth-century’s most popular concertos, but only now – following the composer’s 150th anniversary year in 2015 – has the early version, newly edited from the manuscript in the Helsinki University Library and published by Robert Lienau Musikverlag, been released for regular performance (following a recording for a complete edition of Sibelius twenty-five years ago). Taking Flodin’s criticisms to heart, particularly the swingeing statements about the virtuosity of the original version, Sibelius toned down much of this effect in the revision, taking out whole themes and altering others: a second cadenza in the first movement was dispensed with entirely and, in total, some five minutes’ worth of music was cut. Apart from the slow movement, where there is no change between versions in their number of bars (sixty-nine), the first version is longer: the opening movement in the original has 542 bars, compared to the revised version’s 499 (though that needs to take into account Sibelius’s removal of the first version’s sixty-four-bar second solo cadenza), while the final movement was originally 326 bars long, as opposed to the revision’s 268 bars. For those that know the revised version, the opening and closing of the first movement will be familiar. A carpet of shimmering strings underpins the icy, soaring theme for the soloist to float into view. The first noticeable difference is the two abrupt chords followed by a dotted phrase which becomes more forceful, topped by two loud iterations of the two chords which send the soloist spiralling off under a menacing chugging accompaniment (a foretaste of the finale). You’ll recognise some of the ensuing accompaniment (here sombre bassoons and pizzicato cellos) but not the virtuosic musings from the soloist. A serener plateau is reached. Again a bassoon and violin passage offers an uneasy stalemate, from which the violin soars until we’re back into familiar territory as the orchestra purposefully breaks in, before dying away completely to allow the solo violin its first short cadenza, twice punctuated by thundering orchestral chords. When the orchestra returns, the soloist continues in stately terms, commanding the other instruments. Back again comes the two chords and dotted motif, sometimes referred to as ‘Beethovenian’. Wind and solo violin (later underpinned by slow pizzicato) review the main theme. Timpani thunder effects, grumbling bassoons and pirouetting soloist carry the music uncertainly forward, with a little Bartókian ripple for clarinet, and then an extended, slowly climbing passage led by the oboe. This leads to the Bachian second cadenza (which Sibelius omitted in his revision), the soloist climbing higher still. The thrusting coda which ensues brings the movement to a recognisable close. The ABA form of the B-flat slow movement Romanza is introduced by meandering wind, which eventually, on a stepped brass chord, ushers in the violin with the noble, long-breathed theme. Low strings, then blaring brass, build the tension in the chromatic minor middle section, over which the soloist seems at first to offer a calming influence. The solo violin is then is assimilated into the Elgarian grandeur of the music as it returns to the first theme, ending with sombre brass and timpani chords. The differences you’ll hear are a more virtuosic solo part and a short, flighty, final cadenza. The famous comment about the D major final movement still stands the test of time and works for the original version, with the syncopated soloist constantly underpinned by the distinctive chugging accompaniment. ‘A polonaise for polar bears'  Donald Francis Tovey on the finale But the passage Tovey refers to is much delayed in the original version, as the main theme is first followed by another Beethovenian melody before a reprise of the theme. Only then do we get the dance parody, over which the soloist flies freely. Brilliantly taxing for the soloist as it is exhilarating for the audience, this rondo, with all the expected returns of the main themes, has the soloist revelling in high harmonics, double- and treble-stopping and cross rhythms. The final climactic bars contrast the upward scales of the soloist with the forceful chords of the orchestra. Maxim Vengerov performs the original 1904 version of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the OPO: 5 June Sheldonian Theatre, 6 June Barbican  

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Sheldonian seating plan

BY John Bowker    April 26, 2016

Welcome from Festival Artistic Director Marios Papadopoulos

BY Gillian Berry    March 1, 2016

27 July - 4 August 2019 Piano Festival Brochure 2019 No musical instrument can quite match the universality of the piano. It is both a solo orator and a congenial conversationalist, a vessel for introspection and unbounded, triumphant communication. Pianos are now found in railway stations and airports as well as public houses and private homes. For many of us, the piano is the first non-vocal instrument from which we manage to lure music.  At the twenty-first Oxford Piano Festival, we celebrate the piano in all its diversity – as an instrument that exists at the heart of life and literature and one that is at once ubiquitous and elusive.  As I remarked last year, learning never stops at the Oxford Piano Festival. The fourteen participants in our residential teaching course will benefit from a potentially transformative experience working with some of the greatest pianists of our time. In addition our Patron Alfred Brendel, will give masterclasses on chamber music performance.  In truth, the impulses and energies of learning flow in myriad directions. And while we will surely hear more from those emerging young artists in the future, in the meantime, we are delighted to offer the public performances from some of the most communicative, honest and individual exponents of the art of pianism alive.  As usual, we traverse various schools of pianism, beginning with one of the most longstanding and thrilling: the Russian school. Boris Berezovsky, laureate of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, opens our recital series with a programme bookended by Rachmaninov. From Argentina, we welcome Ingrid Fliter, a pianist whose revelatory work on the central European repertoire has been of vital importance. Also making her debut is Beatrice Rana, an emerging pianist of extraordinary intelligence and musicianship still in her mid-twenties. Old friends join us too: from America, Sergei Babayan returns for an evening dedicated to the music of the piano’s greatest prophet, Frédéric Chopin, while our close associate Menahem Pressler gives a recital that will be full of the atmosphere only he can generate. Steven Osborne’s acute affinity with Olivier Messiaen’s piano works (and one in particular) brings our recital series to a close with another debut appearance.    From Christ Church Cathedral to Oxford Town Hall, and from the Holywell Music Room to the Church of St John the Evangelist, 2019’s Festival offers music spanning two centuries and taking in solo, chamber and orchestral works. It is my great privilege to welcome you.  Media partner

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Piano Festival

BY Gillian Berry    March 1, 2016

How to Apply

BY Gillian Berry    March 1, 2016

Entry Requirements Participants: We welcome applications from advanced piano students of all nationalities born on or after 28 July 1992.  Observers: Open to all.  Deposit & Cancellation Policy: Observers must pay a non-refundable deposit of £100 upon application. Participants must pay a non-refundable deposit of £100 upon acceptance. Participants and observers who withdraw from the Festival before 13 July will receive a refund of all but their £100 deposit. Those who withdraw after this date (including private tuition) will not receive a refund. Payment for Observers and Participants: Full payment must be received by 28 June. Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available to participants in need of financial assistance. Please state on the application form that you would like to be considered for a scholarship. Festival Pass Discount for Returning Attendees:  All adults who have attended as full-time participants or observers in the past are eligible for a special discount of £25.     Category Prices Participant Festival Pass (27 July – 4 August) £625 (under 18 £600) Observer Festival Pass (27 July – 4 August) £300 (under 18 £275) Standard single room + meals £600 En suite single room + meals £690 Standard twin room + meals (per person) £500 En suite twin room + meals (per person) £580 Chamber Music Class (cost per ensemble) £120 Observer private tuition £80 Returning attendee discount £25      Deadlines Participants 12 April application deadline 14 June final masterclass repertoire deadline 28 June payment deadline Observers 28 June application and payment deadline

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Observer Application Form

BY Larisa    January 25, 2016

Piano Festival Observer Form 2019

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Participant Application Form

BY Larisa    January 25, 2016

Piano Festival Participant Form 2019

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We welcome applications from advanced piano students of all nationalities born on or after 28 July 1991.

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Please note that successful applicants requiring visas will be made a conditional offer of a Festival place, which may be confirmed ONLY by providing proof of visa application and flight tickets by one month after receiving the offer.

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Note: For those requesting a scholarship, only the cost of a standard single room + meals will be covered. If you wish to stay in a different room, you will be charged for the excess.

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BY Gillian Berry    October 8, 2015

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BY Gillian Berry    September 29, 2015

This website (oxfordphil.com) uses cookies to store information on your computer. Cookies help the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra provide you with the best website experience. You can accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the features of our website if cookies are disabled. Cookies are small pieces of data that the site transfers to the user’s computer hard drive when the user visits the website. Our website uses only session cookies which are erased when the user closes the Web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from the user’s computer. They will typically store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user. The site is also using third party cookies to keep track of site performance (New Relic cookie) and site visits (Google Analytics cookies). These cookies do not store user information.

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BY Gillian Berry    September 29, 2015

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to ensuring that your personal data is protected. We use the information that we collect about you in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.This privacy policy sets out how we use and protect any information that you share with us. Data controller The data controller of this website is the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra whose office is situated at 29a Teignmouth Road, London NW2 4EB. What personal information do we gather?When you purchase tickets or request to receive information from us we record your name, address, contact number and email address on your personal customer record. If your details change please notify us that our records are kept as up to date as possible. We may request other information about you when you book workshops, or if you have specific seating requests to help us give you the best service when you book tickets, attend an event or request information. Cookies: cookies are small pieces of data that the site transfers to the user’s computer hard drive when the user visits the website. Our website uses only session cookies which are erased when the user closes the Web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from the user’s computer. They will typically store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user. What do we do with your information?The information we collect when you purchase tickets allows us to see that you are attending an event so that we can find your tickets, notify you of any changes to event dates or times, and see what types of events you are interested in. We also collect data when you sign up to our mailing list. If you have opted in to receive emails or mail then you will receive information from us such as newsletters, emails about forthcoming events or special offers. We will never share your information without your consent. Your rights as data subject As an individual you may exercise your right to access the data held about you by this company by submitting your request in writing to the data controller. Although all reasonable efforts will be made to keep your information updated, you are kindly requested to inform us of any change referring to the personal data held by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. In any case if you consider that certain information about you is inaccurate, you may request rectification of such data. You also have the right to request the blocking or erasure of data which has been processed unlawfully. Links to other websitesTo give you a better service our site can connect you with a number of links to other local and international organisations and agencies. When connecting to such other websites you will no longer be subject to this policy but to the privacy policy of the new site. Changes to this privacy policy If there are any changes to this privacy policy, we will replace this page with an updated version. It is therefore in your own interest to check the "Privacy Policy" page any time you access our website so as to be aware of any changes which may occur from time to time. Feedback Any comments or suggestions that you may have and which may contribute to a better quality of service will be welcome and greatly appreciated. Please send us any suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak4889ce7e7ecc7777a19782aefb013f3e').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy4889ce7e7ecc7777a19782aefb013f3e = 'info' + '@'; addy4889ce7e7ecc7777a19782aefb013f3e = addy4889ce7e7ecc7777a19782aefb013f3e + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text4889ce7e7ecc7777a19782aefb013f3e = 'info' + '@' + 'oxfordphil' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak4889ce7e7ecc7777a19782aefb013f3e').innerHTML += ''+addy_text4889ce7e7ecc7777a19782aefb013f3e+'';

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BY Gillian Berry    September 22, 2015

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BY Super User    September 23, 2013

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BY Super User    September 20, 2013

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About the Festival

BY    August 7, 2013

Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival and Summer Academy Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival - Masterclass Timetable 2015 Piano Festival and Summer Academy 2015 pdf brochure Oxford, one of the world’s greatest centres for learning, is a city that lives and breathes education. Now in its sixteenth year, Oxford Philomusica’s Piano Festival and Summer Academy is an integral part of the city’s educational and cultural fabric. Hailed as the most significant annual musical event in Oxford and ‘an international forum to turn piano lessons into performance art’ by the New York Times, the Festival offers exclusive training opportunities for around 20 talented young pianists – selected by audition - with some of the world’s most celebrated artists and pedagogues. The Faculty is immensely distinguished - only a handful of festivals come close – and over the years many of the legendary names of the 20th century, such as Rosalyn Tureck and Maria Curcio, have made their way to Oxford to take part in the Festival, alongside virtually every significant pianist on the international arena,from Pierre-Laurent Aimard to John Lill. With Alfred Brendel as the Festival’s patron, András Schiff as President, and the Festival’s founder Marios Papadopoulos a renowned pianist himself, the bar is set very high in terms of quality and artistic integrity. The full 2015 Faculty can be found here. This celebration of the piano, stretched over a week at the end of July/beginning of August, combines a programme of concerts in some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Oxford - including Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre, the ceremonial hall of the University - with an intensive daily programme of lectures and masterclasses. As a residential course, held in the idyllic setting of St Hilda’s College, it provides full-board accommodation to participants and observers, as well as full access to all Festival events and practising facilities. Masterclasses take place at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, a state-of-the-art auditorium within the grounds of St Hilda’s College. Full details of the Festival and how to apply can be found here. Testimonals from former participants and observers: “The quality of the masterclass was high, and there were many to choose from. The recitals every night were wonderful and inspiring.” “I have forged so many strong friendships and have learnt SO much about playing music and appreciating music.” “Some of the professors are simply inspiring and the lessons ring on for a long time after the course has finished.”

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