Information for Applicants


Participants (playing students):
All participants receive three public masterclasses and perform at the Participants’ Recital on 7 August. 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.

Observers (non-playing attendees):
Full-time observers are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all events. Observers may request private tuition with a conservatoire professor chosen by the Festival (£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 Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Stagecoach runs a 24-hour coach service between Oxford and Central London (01865 772250 / 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.

Transport to concerts: Although the concerts are all within walking distance, there are a few journeys which may be too long for some observers to complete comfortably on foot. Therefore, there will be a minibus leaving at 19:30 each evening bound for the concert venue and returning 10 minutes after the end of the concert. This service must be pre-booked for the whole week and will cost £25 per person. We advise against driving as there is no parking within St Hilda’s College.

Arrival and Registration: Festival staff will be at St Hilda’s College to welcome participants and observers and show them to their accommodation from 12:30 on 1 August. Please aim to register at the JdP, by 13:30.

Accommodation/meals: Accommodation is available on site at St Hilda’s and off-site at the Jocelyn Morris Quad (Stockmore St, Oxford OX4 1EF, 7 mins walk from the front gate of St Hilda’s College). Accommodation at both locations includes all meals at St Hilda’s College starting with dinner on 1 August and ending with lunch on 9 August. There is a limited number of on-site rooms and these will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

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 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 20 July 2020 at

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

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Box Office 01865 980 980

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