Oxford University Music Society

The Musical Heart of Oxford

Oxford University Music Society

Oxford University Philharmonia (OUPhil)

The Oxford University Philharmonia was founded in 1992 and ever since it has been both run and conducted entirely by students. In past years, the orchestra has performed a wide range of repertoire, including: Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Sibelius’s Symphonies 5 and 7, and an Oxford premiere of Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, to name but a few.
Each Hilary term, OUPhil includes a solo concerto in the programme. Auditions for the soloist take place in Michaelmas and past performances have been of an extremely high standard. A new conductor and leader take office in Trinity term and auditions for places in the orchestra are held by OUMS in Michaelmas.

OUPhil has a highly sociable and friendly atmosphere. In the past, OUPhil has also been abroad on tours, including a trip to Vienna in 2007, where we played Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Janacek’s A Cunning Little Vixen Suite and movements from Smetana’s Má Vlast.