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Oxfordshire Senior Concerto Competition

Compete to perform a full concerto with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.

Held as part of our programme as Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford, the Oxfordshire Senior Concerto Competition occurs once every two years, giving young musicians the opportunity to perform a full-length concerto on their instrument with a professional symphony orchestra.

A once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity


About the Senior Concerto Competition

Held every other year, alternating with the Junior Competition, contestants in the Oxfordshire Senior Concerto Competition compete for the chance to perform as soloist in a full-length concerto with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra as part of our main concert season.

After an audition process and a semi-final in which competitors perform to our panel, three finalists proceed to perform one movement each from a concerto of their choice with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra. The winner, selected by our panel, will perform a full concerto with the Oxford Philharmonic as part of the following concert season. Both the winner and runner-up will also be awarded a cash prize.

How to apply

Applicants to the Oxfordshire Senior Concerto Competition must be residents or students in Oxfordshire and be of at least Grade 8 standard.

Applications open at the beginning of every other academic year. When applications are open, complete the form at the bottom of the page to apply. If your application is successful, you will be invited to audition in front of our panel.

Please note that previous winners of the Senior Concerto Competition may not enter again.

Applications for the next Senior Concerto Competition will open in 2023.


Oxfordshire Senior Concerto Competition

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