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Box Office: 01865 980 980
Email: [email protected]

Workshops & Masterclasses

Learn from some of the world’s top musicians in our free workshops and masterclasses.

As Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford, we are proud to host some of the world’s most eminent soloists in our concert season. In addition to our own fantastic players, many of these world-class guest soloists conduct masterclasses in Oxford, providing young musicians with the rare opportunity to learn from those at the top of their game.

We also conduct an annual Composers’ Workshop, where young Oxford composers can hear their work performed by a professional ensemble. Selected works each year are even programmed to receive their world premiere performance in the Orchestra’s next main season.

Unmatched access to world-class expertise


About our Workshops & Masterclasses

Each season, we enrich our concert programme offering with a series of outstanding workshops and masterclasses in venues across Oxford, free to attend. Our own musicians host many of these, from chamber music workshops for string and wind ensembles to conducting workshops with our Music Director, Marios Papadopoulos, all in addition to individual instrument masterclasses held by soloists in the Orchestra.

The Orchestra performs regularly with some of the most highly regarded musicians of our time, many of whom also hold masterclasses during their visit to Oxford. Previous guests have included Maxim Vengerov, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lang Lang.

Our annual composers’ workshop also provides a selection of young Oxford composers with the rare and invaluable opportunity to have their compositions performed and workshopped by an ensemble of Oxford Philharmonic musicians. Works selected from this workshop will also be programmed to receive their world premiere performance as part of the Orchestra’s next concert season.

How to get involved

All our workshops and masterclasses are completely free to participate in and to attend. 

If you’d like to perform in one of our upcoming workshops and masterclasses, please email [email protected].

If you’re a composer and would like to have your piece performed during the Composers’ Workshop, please email [email protected]

If you’d prefer to come along to observe, entry is completely free but you will need to register to enter. You can reserve free tickets from our events page.

Horn Masterclass with Radek Baborák
Thursday 13 October 2022
Trinity College Chapel, 11:00-13:00

Clarinet Masterclass with Andrew Marriner
Monday 14 November 2022
Denis Arnold Hall, 14:00-16:00

Violin Masterclass with Maxim Vengerov
Thursday 9 February 2023
Venue to be announced, 11:30-13:30

Piano Masterclass with Marios Papadopoulos
Friday 10 February 2023
Denis Arnold Hall, 14:00-16:00

Composers’ Workshop (Orchestral)
Monday 13 February 2023
St John the Evangelist Church, 11:00-16:30

Conducting Masterclass with Marios Papadopoulos
Monday 13 February 2023
St John the Evangelist Church, 17:00-18:00

Piano Accompaniment Workshop with Marios Papadopoulos
Wednesday 15 February 2023
Ensemble Room, 14:00-16:00

Chamber Music Workshop (Winds) with Anthony Robb
Monday 20 February 2023
Denis Arnold Hall, 14:30-16:30

Oboe Masterclass with Clara Dent
Friday 10 March 2023
Trinity College Chapel, 10:00-12:00

Cello Masterclass with Alban Gerhardt
Sunday 4 June 2023
Venue to be announced, 11:00-13:00

Register your interest

Drop us an email to let us know you’re interested.