OXUS is an exciting, vibrant and accomplished string quartet, specialising in contemporary repertoire and giving regular recitals and workshops in schools and colleges.

WE are Oxford based musicians, with musical activities ranging from orchestral leading, to baroque and jazz performance nationally and internationally.

TOGETHER, we strive to present unusual repertoire to audiences, by stripping away at some of the formality that chamber music performance can involve.

RECENT PERFORMANCES include recitals at Oriel College Oxford, Wcyombe Abbey School as resident quartet for a chamber music weekend course, Blenheim Palace, the Ashmolean Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

CONTEMPORARY REPERTOIRE including Steve Reich Different Trains, Michael Torke Chalk, Elvis Costello / Brodsky Quartet The Juliet Letters, John Tavener The Hidden Treasure, Javier Alvarez Metro Chabacano, Astor Piazzolla Tango Ballet, Jonathan Dove Out of Time, Caroline Shaw Punctum

COMPOSITION OXUS worked creatively together to produce a new work entitled Routes of Sorrow to accompany an art exhibition of the same name, by Pam Foley. We used recorded voice samples of the artist's daughter as a basis for some of the work. A collaboration with Oli Whitworth, this was funded by the Arts Council England. Listen to Routes of Sorrow.

OXUS welcomes enquiries from public concert series, private parties, and educational establishments for workshop concerts.

BOOKINGS To contact OXUS please email heather@heatherbirt.co.uk, or phone 07957 200482






"Saw an amazing performance of Steve Reich's Different Trains by the OXUS at @ ICA London tonight. Terrific stuff."

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