Contact Information

General Inquiries: 01865 987 222
Box Office: 01865 980 980

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Information for Applicants and Attendees


The Oxford Bus Company (01865 785 400 / run a coach service from Heathrow and Gatwick airports named ‘the airline’. Stagecoach runs a 24-hour coach service between Oxford and Central London (01865 772250 / There are frequent rail services from London Paddington and London Marylebone to Oxford (information from National Rail Enquiries on 0345 748 4950 / Our staff are happy to advise you about your journey to and from the Festival.

Transport to Concerts:
All concerts are within walking distance (under 1 mile) of St Hilda’s College. The office can organise taxis at an additional cost for those who would prefer not to walk. 

We advise against driving as there is no parking available within St Hilda’s College.

Arrival and Registration:
Festival staff will be at St Hilda’s College to welcome participants and observers and show them to their accommodation from 12:30 on 30 July. Please aim to register at the JdP Music Building by 13:30.

Full Board Accommodation:
Accommodation is available on site at St Hilda’s College and includes all meals. 

Meals start with dinner on 30 July and end with lunch on 7 August. 

Accommodation is subject to availability and allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. 

Requests for part-time accommodation at St Hilda’s will only be accepted, subject to availability, in July.

Practice Pianos:
Festival participants may practise for up to four hours per day in the JdP Music Building.

Observer Festival Pass:
Entitles you access to all events. 

Participant Festival Pass:
Entitles you access to all events and includes the tuition during the Festival.

Certificates of Attendance will be presented to all Festival Pass holders.

Participant Festival Pass (payable only upon acceptance of application) | £750
Observer Festival Pass | £325

Standard single room | £650
En suite single room | £750
Standard twin room | £540 (per person)
En suite twin room | £590 (per person)
Anniversary Building single en suite room | £870
Anniversary Building twin en suite room | £640 (per person)

Festival passes and full board accommodation are sold separately and can be purchased here.

How to apply

Observers (non-playing attendees):
Open to all. The Observer Festival Pass entitles you access to all events. Tickets will be given to you on arrival at the Festival.

Full board accommodation available at St Hilda’s College. You can purchase an Observer Festival Pass and Full board accommodation here.

We welcome applications from advanced piano students of all nationalities born on or after 30 July 1994. 

Cancellation Policy:
Participants and observers who withdraw from the Festival will receive a refund of all but £50 if withdrawn by 16 July. Those who withdraw after 16 July will also have additional expenses incurred by the Festival deducted from their refund.  

Full and partial scholarships that cover tuition and full board accommodation are available to participants in need of financial assistance. Please state on the application form whether you would like to be considered for a scholarship.


25 April
application deadline
1 July payment deadline

1 July application and payment deadline


Masterclasses £10 (no concessions)
Other events are priced individually
Book 7+ events for a 10% discount

Alternatively, purchase an Observer Festival Pass for access to all events.

How to Book

Box Office: 01865 980 980

Applications are closed for Oxford Piano Festival participation. However, you can still attend all events of the Festival by purchasing an Observer Festival Pass here.