As the Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford the Oxford Philharmonic is dedicated to the highest standards of performance and to the idea that live performances have the power to transform lives. We believe that the essence of musical culture is the relationship between musicians and their audiences; and that music is a language that transcends all boundaries and brings people together.

The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra seeks to connect you with the Orchestra’s activities which stimulate and inspire students, adults and musicians of tomorrow and bring live and online concerts to communities around the world including those who otherwise would not have access to classical music and performances.

We ensure that the professionalism of our musicians is maintained at the highest level at all times by providing them with a stable financial environment in which to operate.

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Camilla G Hellman ­­­­MBE
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American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
864 Lexington Avenue, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10065

Tel: + 212 729 0127


Upcoming Events

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s Tribute to the Oxford Vaccine Teams

The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra are excited to share the link for the Orchestra’s upcoming concert, in tribute to the Oxford-based teams of scientists working on the vaccine against COVID-19.

Premiering at 1:30pm EST on Friday 18 December, the concert will be available via this link.

As a token of their gratitude, the Orchestra have commissioned a brand new carol from John Rutter – Joseph’s Carol – dedicated to the Oxford Vaccine Group and the Jenner Institute, and performed by Sir Bryn Terfel and the Choir of Merton College. 

Filmed in Oxford’s historic venue, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Orchestra are also joined in their tribute by Jette Parker Young Artist Alexandra Lowe, and 2020 BBC Young Chorister of the Year winner, Alexander Olleson.

Presented by Classic FM’s John Suchet, the concert includes performances of Abide with Me, You’ll Never Walk Alone, John Rutter’s Look to the Day, and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. 

The concert also features an exclusive performance from virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov, as well as a truly heartfelt message from long-time collaborator Anne-Sophie Mutter, with additional contributions from HRH Princess Alexandra and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Louise Richardson.

Please do join the Orchestra for a glorious celebration of fantastic music and scientific innovation.


Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s Debut Performance at Carnegie Hall
with Maxim Vengerov and Spring Gala Benefit Dinner

Carnegie Hall
57th Street & 7th Avenue

Tuesday, 7 June 2022 – 7:30 pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the International Dinner Committee requests the pleasure of your company for our Spring Gala Benefit Dinner, with a pre-performance champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception from 6:00-7:00pm; the concert at 7:30pm with seating in the Blavatnik Family First Tier followed by dinner in the Rohatyn Room with Maestro Marios Papadopoulos and Maxim Vengerov. Presented by MidAmerica Productions.

Founder, Music Director and Conductor, Maestro Marios Papadopoulos leads works by Mendelssohn, Bruch, Sarasate and Brahms in the Carnegie Hall debut of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. This professional ensemble is the official Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford.

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the UK’s foremost symphony orchestras, and are known for their distinctive performances and repertoire. A leading world class music institution, it has a history of international and domestic tours, award-winning recordings, and in-depth educational and outreach programs, and the world-renowned Oxford Piano Festival. 

Established in 1998, by Marios Papadopoulos, The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is the resident professional orchestra at the University of Oxford. Read More. . . .