FREE Lunchtime Concert St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series: Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
Representing the Cyprus High Commission in partnership with EUNIC
Christodoulos Georgiades – Winter
Christodoulos Georgiades – Spring
Vivaldi – Violin Concerto in G minor ‘Summer’
Piazzolla – Otoño Porteño ‘Buenos Aires Autumn’ arr. Leonid Desyatnikov
Vivaldi – Violin Concerto in F minor ‘Winter’
Established in 1998, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra occupies a unique position within the UK’s Orchestral landscape. Formerly known as Oxford Philomusica, and hailed as ‘thoroughly impressive’ by BBC Music Magazine, its reputation is based on the uncompromising artistic standards of its founder and Music Director Marios Papadopoulos and maintained by some of the finest musicians in the UK. As an orchestra of the highest quality, the Oxford Philharmonic attracts some of the world’s greatest artists to appear in its series at Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre.
Following his remarkable Oxford debut with the orchestra in 2013, world-renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov became its first Artist in Residence. Since then, Vengerov and the Oxford Philharmonic have undertaken tours in the UK and have recorded the violin concerti of Brahms and Sibelius (1904 version).
Praised as a ‘classy ensemble’ by the Mail on Sunday, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s many achievements to date include an extensive annual concert season in Oxford, appearances across the UK and a growing list of international engagements; acclaimed recordings of Haydn’s Creation with New College Choir, and the Handel/ Mendelssohn Acis and Galatea with Christ Church Choir; family concerts, and the annual Oxford Piano Festival. The Orchestra’s acclaimed Chamber Music Series showcases the Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic- a tight-knit group of musicians described by the Times as the ensembles ‘glorious individual players’.
The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra has been fully committed to outreach work from its earliest days. Its various projects focus on taking music to areas of social and economic disadvantage, including work in special schools and hospitals. In 2002, it was appointed as the University of Oxford’s first ever Orchestra in Residence.
The Orchestra and its Music Director were awarded the City of Oxford’s Certificate of Honour in 2013, in recognition of their contribution to education and performance in Oxford. Marios Papadopoulos was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to music in Oxford.