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#sayitin60seconds, our fourth winner

We have another premiere for you to enjoy as part of our composition project for solo trumpet. This time the piece is ‘FURY’ by Dan Jenkins, a challenging and exciting new work which Brendan Ball performs with his usual aplomb and skill. Brendan told us “The challenge was to make the trumpet display as many versions of anger, angst, frustration, brooding mood, & temper as possible”. We think you will agree that he has achieved Read more…

Our third premiere #sayitin60seconds

We are delighted to premiere another new work as part of our #sayitin60seconds composition project. Brendan Ball performs ‘Whereupon the Soul Leapt from the Body’ by Richard Peat. Congratulations to Richard.We have two more pieces to premiere and then news is coming of the next stage of this project which is an exciting education and mentoring opportunity for young people.

Our second winner is announced as part of #sayitin60seconds

Brendan Ball performs the second our of winning compositions in the #sayitin60seconds project which called for new work for solo trumpet that is no longer than a minute. Here the piece is ‘Dreams of Pi’ written by Richard Montgomery. We have three more winning works to share with you, and news of how this project will shortly become an education and mentoring opportunity for young musicians.

‘Say it in 60 seconds’ the first winning score

We are delighted to premiere the first of our winning scores from our ‘Say it in 60 seconds’ composition project. We present ‘Scuttle’ from ‘Three Bagatelles’ composed by Carl Borg and performed by Brendan Ball. This is the first of five winning 60 second scores for solo trumpet that will be released over the coming weeks. The project continues later this year and will include a mentoring element as we encourage young composers to write Read more…

OFA creative writing competition

In association with our Partnerships team at MCS, we asked the award-winning children’s author Ross MacKenzie to suggest a title for this year’s creative writing competition. Children aged 7-11 are invited to write a short story entitled ‘The Door in the Cellar.’ The story should be no longer than 250 words and submitted via email to info@artsfestivaloxford.org and include your name, age and school. The closing date is Monday 14th June. The winners will receive Read more…

singer songwriter Sam Smith

Multi-award-winner Sam Smith to headline Music for Mustardseed concert

Singer songwriter Sam Smith will join an all-star line-up this Sunday, when Oxford Festival of the Arts launches its 2021 season with an online fundraising concert at 2pm. Music for Mustardseed will raise funds for Mustardseed Junior School in Uganda, the partner school of Magdalen College School. The concert features a stellar line-up of contemporary music stars including ELIZA, King Krule & Jme Isaac, Westerman, Children of Zeus, Lava la Rue, John Caroll Kirby, Brass Read more…

Gaia Global Dance Film Project

Today is the launch of the Global Dance Film Project; a collaboration between OFA, Dancin’ Oxford, Oxford International Links, Mandala Theatre and Ashtar Theatre’s International Digital and Live Festival. Supported by the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund. The project’s theme is Gaia, taking inspiration from Mother Earth, and aspirations of hope and renewal. We are inviting community and youth dance groups from across Oxford and its twin cities; Bonn, Grenoble, Leiden, Padua, Wroclaw, Perm, León, Read more…

The Phoenix – send us your artistic responses

Today OFA launches a new arts project in collaboration with Oxfordshire Artweeks. We invite you to send us your artistic responses on the theme of The Phoenix, rebirth and resurgence. As the world slowly emerges from lockdown and the arts begin a period of renewed activity, we want to know what it means to you and how it prompts you to respond creatively. We can accept any medium as long as your entry can be Read more…

Savills to sponsor OFA Virtual 2021

We are grateful to our friends at Savills, long-standing supporters of OFA, who will be the headline sponsors of this year’s online festival, OFA Virtual 2021. This year the summer season of events will embrace dance, music, animation, film, theatre and discussion. Simon Hope, Head of Global Capital Markets at Savills said “The creative and performing arts are extremely important to the people of Oxford, particularly so in a year such as this. Oxford Festival Read more…