2017 into 2018
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.


 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. Welcome to our ever-popular trio of
Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Traditional Christmas Carol Concert not only brings you a wonderful selection of seasonal favourites but also gives you the chance to join in and sing in the marvellous Sheldonian Theatre.
The Christmas Concerto by Candlelight is a truly magical musical experience in the superb acoustics of Exeter College Chapel. Finally, the exuberant Stephen Bell presents his unmissable Viennese New Year Concert and features two
brilliant concertos alongside his eclectic Strauss selection.




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