Information for Applicants


Participants (playing students):
All participants receive at least three public masterclasses and perform at the Participants’ Recital on 29 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.

Observers (non-playing attendees):
Full-time observers are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all events. Limited spaces are available owing to social distancing restrictions. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Practical Information

Travel: The Oxford Bus Company (+44 (0)1865 785 400 / runs buses from Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Stagecoach runs a 24-hour coach service between Oxford and Central London (+44 (0)1865 772 250 / There are frequent rail services from London Paddington and London Marylebone to Oxford (information from National Rail Enquiries on +44 (0)345 748 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 participants and observers and show them to their accommodation from 12:30 on 25 July. Please aim to register at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (JdP), by 13:30.

Accommodation/meals: Accommodation is available on site at St Hilda’s. Accommodation prices include all meals at St Hilda’s College, starting with dinner on 25 July and ending with lunch on 1 August. 

Practice Pianos: Festival participants may practise for up to five hours per day in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in pre-allocated practice rooms which you will share with one other participant.

Tickets for Individual Events: All full-time observers and participants receive a Festival Pass on arrival. 

Individual Festival events are also open to members of the public. Tickets for individual events will be available from Monday 5 July 2021 online or from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office: +44 (0)1865 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 19 July 2021 at

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

Correspondence Address:
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
29a Teignmouth Road,
London NW2 4EB

General Inquiries 01865 987 222
Box Office 01865 980 980
[email protected]

Registered Address:
3  The Old Estate Yard, High Street,
East Hendred, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12  8JY