Message from Festival Artistic Director Marios Papadopoulos

We are sorry to announce that the 2020 Oxford Piano Festival has been cancelled. Owing to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken this difficult decision for the safety of our performers and audiences, and in the long-term interests of the Festival. Please see the message below from the Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director Marios Papadopoulos:


It is with deep regret that I am announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Oxford Piano Festival. For 20 years and more, the Piano Festival has been the final flourish of the Oxford Philharmonic’s main season, anticipated by observers, participants, performers and Oxford residents with equal excitement. We are therefore saddened that on this occasion, we will not be able to provide the entertainment, illumination and nourishment that draws people back to the Festival year on year.

We believe that the Festival – which receives no public funding - is an important cultural touchstone in Oxford and a crucial stepping-stone for the dozens of young musicians who have attended over the years, many of whom now have flourishing international careers. For these reasons, we must ensure that the Orchestra and Festival can survive through these difficult times. We are therefore asking those to whom the Festival is dear, to consider converting either partially or in full, their purchase of Festival passes or tickets into a donation to ensure that our basic operations can continue even with the loss of income. There will also be the option to carry over money already paid for next year’s Festival, or to claim a refund. To all those who have applied as participants, we sincerely hope you will make an application when they open in early 2021.

During the week of the Festival we will be releasing some exciting online content, so please make sure that you are following our social media and/or subscribed to our email list to receive more information nearer the time. In the meantime, we hope that everyone is safe and healthy, we sincerely hope you will make an application when they open in early 2021..”

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