Visiting Musician

Each academic year, Oriel hosts a Visiting Musician who holds 'masterclasses' with students, offering an opportunity for budding musicians to get some expert tuition.

As a result of a benefaction, the College offers an annual ‘Occasional Visitor’ post to a distinguished musician from outside Oxford. Depending on their availability, the Visitor comes to Oxford once a term to give a combination of masterclasses at Oriel College and concerts in the Holywell Music Room in association with the University’s Music Faculty. 

Visiting Musician 2017-20

Craig Ogden

Originally from Australia, Craig studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

One of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, Craig’s five Classic FM albums all shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart and he is one of Classic FM’s most played artists. Craig has performed concertos with all the main UK orchestras plus many abroad. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues and collaborates with the UK’s top artists and ensembles. He has also presented programmes on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).

Currently, Craig is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of Craig Ogden’s Big Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.

Past Visiting Musicians

Our previous Visiting Musicians are listed below: 

Visiting Musician 2016-17: Dame Sarah Connolly

Dame Sarah Connolly is a world-renowned mezzo-soprano and opera singer. She has sung at the Lucerne, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Three Choirs Festivals and BBC Proms where, in 2009, she was a memorable guest soloist at The Last Night. Opera engagements have taken her around the world from the Metropolitan Opera to Covent Garden and La Scala; to the Munich and Vienna State Operas and the Bayreuth and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.

During her time as Oriel's Visiting Musician, Sarah performed in a special concert at the Holywell Music Room and held two Masterclasses for Oriel students.

Visiting Musician 2015-2016: Joanna Macgregor

Joanna MacGregor, one of the world's most innovative and creative pianists, was the College's Visiting Musician for 2015-16. Joanna is Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and a Professor of the University of London. She also serves as Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School and Festival.

During her time as Visiting Musician Joanna held two Masterclasses and also performed two concerts. 

Visiting Musician 2014-15: Tim Garland

Tim Garland is a Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist. His body of work is incredibly varied and includes compositions for the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and Westminster Abbey Choir. He won a Grammy award in 2009 for his part in creating “The New Crystal Silence” with piano legend Chick Corea, who Tim has collaborated with frequently over the last 15 years. 

Visiting Musician 2013-14: Richard Tunnicliffe

Richard Tunnicliffe, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2013-14, is well-known as both a soloist and chamber musician, playing cello, baroque cello and viols in a repertoire spanning five centuries of music. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music, where he now also teaches.  

Visiting Musician 2012-13: Michael Chance

Michael Chance was Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2012-13. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the countertenor voice in all areas of the classical repertoire, and is in equal demand as an opera, concert and recording artist.

Visiting Musician 2011-12: Roger Vignoles

Roger Vignoles, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2011-12, is recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians of today, and is regarded as a leading authority on the song repertoire.

Visiting Musician 2010-11: Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2010-11, is a leading Baroque violinist and interpreter of the music of the Baroque and Classical periods, with a stunning range of recordings from early seventeenth-century music to Mozart.

Visiting Musician 2009-10: Thierry Escaich

Thierry Escaich, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2009-10, is an internationally renowned organist, improviser and composer who, as a successor to Duruflé in Paris, has played a prominent role in guiding recent directions in contemporary music.

Visiting Musician 2008-09: Gwilym Simcock

Gwilym Simcock, Oriel's Visiting Musician from 2008-09, is a gifted jazz pianist, imaginative composer, and one of the world’s leading jazz improvisers.