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The OUO has provided decades of top-class opportunities to players at the University of Oxford, impressing audiences from the University community, Oxford area and beyond. The orchestra is the flagship ensemble of the Oxford University Music Society, and as such its instrumentalist are selected from the very best the University has to offer, including a large number of former members of the National Youth Orchestra and BBC Young Musician finalists. To complement these extraordinary talents, OUO is always conducted by a professional and regularly uses professional soloists.

Recent conductors include Daniel Harding, Peter Stark, Douglas Boyd, Jason Lai and Garry Walker. As soloists, OUO has showcased Steven Isserlis, Anthony Marwood, Simon Preston, Raphael Wallfisch, Guy Johnston and Thomas Trotter. In the last few years, the OUO has featured Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphonie, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Full details of recent concerts can be accessed via the links at the top of the page.

OUO in the press:

…the OUO demonstrated an impressive solidarity and skill…the orchestra played with fiery potency…

…bold, satisfying music making…

…imperceptibly and inevitably the audience was reeled in…

…remarkable for blazing brass effects, wind solos… and thrilling string playing…