Information for Applicants


Participants (playing students): 

All participants receive three one-hour public masterclasses and have the opportunity to perform at the Participants’ Recital on 3 August. Although we try to accommodate participants’ choice of teachers, we cannot guarantee that everyone will receive tuition from their preferred professors. 

Participants are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all concerts, lectures and masterclasses.

Observers (non-playing attendees): 

Full-time observers are provided with a Festival Pass which includes entry to all concerts, lectures and masterclasses. Observers may request private tuition (£80 per hour). Due to limited availability, tuition slots will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

Practical Information

Travel: Our staff are happy to advise you about your journey to and from the Festival.  

The Oxford Bus Company (01865 785 400 / run buses from central London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

There is a frequent rail service from London Paddington to Oxford (information from National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50 /

Arrival and Registration: All students should aim to register at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, by 13.00 on 30 July. Festival staff will be at the College to welcome students and show them to their accommodation from 12.00 – 13.00, and will be available at all times to answer questions.

Accommodation/meals: Full-board accommodation at St Hilda’s College includes all meals from lunch on 30 July to lunch on 7 August.

En suite accommodation (with a private bathroom) is subject to availability and is allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.  

Practice Pianos: Festival participants may practise for up to three hours per day in the newly refurbished Jacqueline du Pré Music Building.

Tickets for Individual Events: All full-time observers and participants will receive a Festival Pass on arrival. Festival events are also open to members of the public (tickets available from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office: 
01865 980 980 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

A list of works to be studied in each masterclass will be published by Monday 15 July at

Certificates: Certificates of Attendance will be presented to full-time participants and observers at the end of the Festival. 

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
London office
29a Teignmouth Road,
London NW2 4EB

Box Office 01865 980 980

General Inquiries 01865 987 222
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