The musical world is your oyster when studying in Oxford. From classical to jazz, through indie, rock, folk and electric, all the styles of music you could dream of (and then some) are represented. Whether you want to sing, perform, DJ, or just listen, you will find what you are looking for here.
For those wishing to commit to a formal role in the musical life of the University, many colleges offer choral and organ scholarships, with a number also offering instrumental scholarships or repetiteur scholarships.
Oxford University Music Society (OUMS)
University is a great chance to pick up something new, make a difference, and learn new skills that are not taught in your degree.
Jacob, 4th year
The Oxford University Music Society (OUMS) runs four orchestras, a wind orchestra, a big band, a brass band, a string ensemble and the University chorus, and maintains a ‘performers' register’ enabling musicians to get in touch with one another and collaborate.
There is a wealth of opportunity for classical music lovers. Many colleges have their own choirs, orchestras and bands. Opportunities to participate in classical recitals are numerous. Lunchtime and evening concerts abound, often taking place in spectacular settings such as the Sheldonian Theatre or the Holywell Music Room.
If you are looking for more contemporary styles of music, Oxford truly punches above its weight. Venues such as the city’s O2 Academy and New Theatre regularly draw both national and international acts. Many smaller venues hold regular jam sessions and ‘open mic’ nights for the more aspiring among us, and there is a well-established weekly series of both jazz and blues concerts. If you fancying DJ-ing you could always start out at college parties, or try the student club nights that run open decks.
Vocalists also have an astounding array of opportunities in groups as diverse as traditional college choirs, a cappella groups, and non-auditioned vocal ensembles. Musical theatre and opera are also popular, with frequent productions in the large college theatres and city centre venues.