Our Next Concerts

Bach and Telemann with Maggie Faultless

September 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street

Maggie Faultless directs a programme of Baroque classics

OUP choir

November 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm ,

Malcolm Pearce conducts OUP choir

Bach in Banbury

December 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm St Mary’s Banbury, Horse Fair

Bach Magnificat
Charpentier Te Deum
Messe de minuit pour Noel

Handel Messiah at SJE Arts

December 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm SJE Arts, 109a Iffley Rd

vOx and Oxford Sinfonia come together to play Handel’s Messiah in the new re-orchestration by John Lubbock for Wind Orchestra, Soloists and Choir


Founded in 1984, we are an amateur chamber orchestra of the highest standard. The orchestra does not have a fixed membership or a permanent musical director. This enables it to engage a wide range of accomplished musicians to direct and play in each concert. Many of our players are involved in music professionally, though not necessarily as performers.

We promote four concerts a year and some special projects, and specialise in accompanying choral societies. We organise instrumental workshops, and are involved in twinning concerts, fireworks concerts and concerts for charities.

In 2007 The Oxford Sinfonia raised £1000 for Medecins sans Frontieres and supported Oxfam in a come-and-sing Messiah. We support  charities in come-and-sing concerts: 2007 Haydn Creation, 2008 Verdi Requiem, 2009 Mozart, Haydn and Handel, 2010 Mendelssohn Elijah, 2011 Rossini Petite Messe Sollenelle; 2013 Brahms German Requiem for the East-West Divan Orchestra.  We are a registered charity no 1005364.

Brilliant Mahler 1

I have heard it a few times but your precision and clarity were outstanding. Congratulations from a happy Mahlerian. Bill

Mahler review in Daily Info

Conductor David Crown was an unshowy figure with the baton, avoiding expansive gestures but attending to each section of his band and with care to the requirements of the marked tempo. There was never that feeling of rush which can be tempting for an amateur orchestra when confronted by an extended piece like this.

Nielsen – a triumph

Listen to Appalachian Spring

Listen to Nielsen Symphony 6 Movt 3

Audience feedback from our April concert:
"Just a note to thank you for a terrific concert last night. The orchestra sounded in top form to me, although perhaps in Nielsen Symphony 6 it was not possible at times to judge what the right notes should be! The rendition of Copland Appalachian Spring was outstanding in my humble opinion."

On the BBC

BBC Radio 3 'Breakfast Show' February 2017 broadcast an excerpt from our 2003 chamber concert. Listen here to Zelenka Trio Sonata no 5.

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New Players

We are always keen to hear from good new players, especially violins. To apply to play with the orchestra, please email info@OxfordSinfonia.co.uk.


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Watch us play

We appear in the above video from the Venice Biennale following our concert conducted by Cayenna Ponchione in January 2015 on the theme of 'Water'. Listen to us at 3'59".

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