Contact Information

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

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Information for Applicants and Attendees


Travel to Oxford:
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 13:00 on 29 July. Please aim to register at the JdP Music Building by 14:00.

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

Meals start with dinner on 29 July and end with lunch on 6 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 early July.

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

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

We understand that for some participants the cost may be out of reach. We welcome applications for a scholarship that will help with some or all of the cost.


Festival Passes:
Participant £840 
Observer £340 (offers access to all masterclasses and concerts) 
Please note that accommodation is not included in the Festival Passes and should be purchased separately. 

Full-board single-room accommodation:
Standard £700
En suite £800
Anniversary Building £940 

Full-board for 2 people sharing twin-room accommodation:
Standard £1,150 
En suite £1,250
Anniversary Building £1,375

Payment Deadline
7 July 2023

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 offers 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 29 July 1996. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by May 2023.
28 April 2023 application deadline.

Cancellation Policy:
Participants and observers who withdraw from the Festival will receive a refund of all but £50 if withdrawn by 7 July. Those who withdraw after 7 July will also have additional expenses incurred by the Festival deducted from their refund.


28 April
2023 application deadline
7 July 2023 payment deadline

7 July 2023 application and payment deadline


Masterclasses £11 (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