2016 into 2017
Christmas/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.


2015 was a wonderful time of celebration for the Orchestra as we reached our 50th Anniversary. Now into our sixth decade, we are delighted to present our ever-popular trio of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Our Traditional Christmas Carol Concert and Christmas Concerto by Candlelight  have been described by the audience as highlights of their musical year. The irrepressible Stephen Bell welcomes 2017 with his unmissable Viennese New Year Concert, which includes special treats from Artist in Residence, Tom Poster and soprano  Pamela Hay. Stephen will then whirl  Pamela  and the orchestra to Vienna in  an evening you'll never forget. We look forward to welcoming old friends and new faces to these delightful evenings.




Principal Conductor
Levon Parikian

Artistic Director
Stephen Bell

Julian Tear

Guest Director
Roland Roberts


Artist in Residence

Tom Poster

Board of Trustees
Mike Malone
Dr William Bishop
Dr Stephen Robinson

Lindsay Sandison
Dr Sandra Clarke

Personal Assistant
David Carter


Web Assistant

Katie Minien






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