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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!

View the 2016 brochure via Issuu below:







Exhibition – Musical Treasures from Christ Church Library

During the Festival a selection of Oxford’s early music treasures will be displayed in the spectacular Upper Library at Christ Church. This special exhibition showcases the music-books used by singers in the age of Queen Elizabeth I, with special emphasis placed on partbooks – matching sets of volumes in which each singer views only her […]

Emma Kirkby and Dowland Works

“That sweet melodious sound” – Music by John Dowland and his contemporaries   Early-music superstar, Emma Kirkby, one of the leading lights of the Early Music revival, brings the next generation of performers to Oxford in a celebration of the music of John Dowland and his contemporaries.  In the near-perfect acoustic of Europe’s oldest purpose-built concert hall, Emma Kirkby […]

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. The festival presents concerts and workshops by outstanding artists in some of the city’s best-loved venues. For a city synonymous with historic performance and which gave rise to some of the best known groups of the movement, it is exciting to bring together the artists who make up the vibrant early music scene within the stunning surroundings of the college chapels and city churches.

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