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Welcome to the website of the Oxford Early Music Festival. The festival brings some of the country’s top singers and musicians to Oxford, to perform alongside emerging local talents, in the beautiful surroundings of Oxford college chapels and city churches. Please use the links at the top to navigate and to find out more about the Festival. If you have any questions, then please get in touch via the contact form. To stay updated on festival developments, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or join our mailing list!

 You can view the brochure for the 2015 festival below



Music for Compline

Internationally renowned vocal ensemble, Stile Antico, celebrate their tenth anniversary with this performance of works written for the monastic Office of Compline.   As the darkness folded around the pillars of their churches, mediaeval worshippers gathered for the service of Compline, commending themselves to God’s protection through the long watches of the night. It was an occasion […]

Reading from Facsimile – a workshop

Early music specialist Sally Dunkley will lead a three-hour workshop introducing singers to reading from original Renaissance notation. Using facsimiles of Tudor partbooks, the workshop will give singers the chance to sing music by composers such as William Byrd and Thomas Tallis from sixteenth century notation. We will work on a handful of works from the […]

What is the Oxford Early Music Festival?

Oxford Early Music Festival is the newest early music festival in the UK. It was originally conceived in the summer of 2012 by three friends, Kate Ashby, Laura Ashby and David Lee, who had variously grown up, studied and worked in Oxford and are now active in their respective careers as musicians and administrators. The festival’s aim is to present concerts and workshops by outstanding artists in some of the city’s best-loved venues. For a city synonymous with early music and which gave rise to some of the best known groups of the movement, it seemed odd that nobody had tried to bring together the artists who make up the vibrant early music scene within the stunning surroundings of the college chapels and city churches.


After a successful launch in 2013, we are delighted to publish details of the 2015 Oxford Early Music Festival, which will be on Friday 15th-Sunday 17th May. Once again, we are thrilled to be bringing fantastic concerts with exciting early music artists to Oxford, as well as expanding to broaden participation with other events involving practical workshops and evensongs.


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