2023 into 2024

Christmas and New Year



The City of Oxford Orchestra was founded in 1965 with a firm commitment to provide live, classical music of the highest quality to the widest possible audience.  The Orchestra has played to acclaim in most of the capital cities of Europe whilst also providing all-year-round concerts in Oxford's beautiful, historical buildings, in particular, Sir Christopher Wren's stunning Sheldonian Theatre.


Welcome to our Christmas and New Year concerts 

 The Christmas Concerto by Candlelight is a truly magical musical experience in the superb acoustics of Exeter College Chapel. 

Our exuberant Artistic Director, Stephen Bell presents his unmissable  Viennese New Year Concert  where, alongside his exciting Strauss selection, he welcomes the internationally acclaimed Rebecca Bottone who will sing a selection of songs. 



Principal Conductor
Levon Parikian

Artistic Director
Stephen Bell

Mike Gray

Guest Director
Roland Roberts


Artist in Residence

Tom Poster


Board of Trustees
Susan Foster
Dr William Bishop
David Carter

Lindsay Sandison
Dr Sandra Clarke

Personal Assistant
Daisy Armstrong


Web Assistant

Katie Minien







Advisory Board
Peter Bennett-Jones
Jilly Cooper OBE
Charles Hart
Lady Goodhart
Earl of Buckinghamshire