An "exciting" new music festival is coming to Oxford this month, with an emphasis on 'new music, relaxed concerts and creative programming'.

Directed by composer Sebastian Black and cellist Eliza Millett (Echéa Quartet), the festival will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on June 22. 

Alongside music visitors will be able to enjoy food from Damascus Rose Kitchen, an Oxford-based social enterprise for refugee women.

Co-director Mr Black said: "We are thrilled that we will be joined by some of the most exceptional musicians around today, and we are so excited to welcome them into our Smorgaschord community.

"Composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson is Artist in Focus, presenting a dazzling array of musical treats for us, ranging from his own work to a performance of Messiaen’s sublime Quartet for the End of Time.

“We’re also delighted to feature award-winning violinist Charlotte Spruit, who performs a concert devoted to the music of the German Baroque.

"Anyone who has had the thrill of seeing Charlotte perform this music before will know that we are in for something full of detail, gorgeous imagination and spontaneity.

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“But perhaps most important for us at Smorgaschord is that our concerts have a wonderful sense of joyous community about them.

"Planning a music festival is always so fascinating, but the highlight so far was paying them a visit to taste the food they’ll be bringing - trust us, this is something that cannot be missed."

For more information about the event, visit the festival's website.