Concerts

The University Church is one of the finest concerts venues in Oxford, offering a stunning setting, resonant acoustics, and central location. We host a variety of choral, orchestral and other concerts throughout the year, featuring Oxford's finest instrumentalists, international ensembles, and up and coming student musicians.

Upcoming Concerts at St Mary's
A Thousand Years of Christmas
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Rowan Christmas

Tuesday 4 December, 7.30pm

Archbishop Rowan Williams is joined by Sally Bradshaw, soprano, and Michael Haslam, piano. Rowan reads a breath taking variety of pieces: ranging from his fellow countryman Dylan Thomas, to the Tudor Bishop Latimer, Charles Dickens, Ted Hughes, and some of his own poetry - and he sings too. Sally sings music from eleventh century chant to Victorian Music Hall and art songs, as well as carols. In this show Michael Haslam not only plays the piano but also sings, and plays the violin and psaltery.

The show has been a hit worldwide from London to Manila, performed in Europe and the Far East, as well as theatres up and down the country from Barnstaple to Pitlochry. Rowan Williams needs no introduction. Having served as Archbishop of Canterbury he is now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a respected poet and writer.

Sally Bradshaw’s singing career made her a name for versatility. As well as a body of work as a baroque soloist, she has sung Wagner opera and recorded Debussy. She is in demand as a classical voice on popular recordings and notably sang at the Albert Hall with the Pet Shop Boys last year.

Michael Haslam is Organist at St James’ Piccadilly, and a respected accompanist and West End theatre music director. He has directed shows at the National Theatre.

Tickets £15

Music at Oxford
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La Notte

Friday 7 December, 7.30pm

La Notte Di Natale: A Baroque Christmas With Spiritato!

Evoking the pastoral beauty of the Italian countryside, this selection of joyous seasonal music combines virtuosic solos with characterful dances.  Conjuring a frosty landscape with Vivaldi’s Winter, and two of Alessandro Scarlatti’s most celebratory cantatas – depicting the excitement and astonishment of the shepherds seeing angels in the night.                                                                        

Baroque ensemble Spiritato!, with its  line-up of virtuoso players and soprano Augusta Hebbert bring a dazzling Christmas programme to Oxford.

Locatelli Concerto Grosso Op. 1 No. 8
Scarlatti Cantata Pastorale Non sò qual più m’ingombra 
Torelli Concerto Grosso Op. 8 No. 6
Vivaldi Winter, from The Four Seasons
Sammartini Concerto Grosso, op. 5 no. 6
Scarlatti Cantata Pastorale O di Betlemme altera
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 8

Augusta Herbert, Soprano
Spiritato! Ensemble

Tickets £7-£40

Instruments of Time and Truth
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ITT

Saturday 22 December, 5.00pm

Handel, Messiah

Celebrate Handel’s sublime music in the festive atmosphere of a candlelit University Church. The quintessential Oxford Christmas.

Claire Booth, Soprano 
Alexander Chance, Alto
Nick Pritchard, Tenor
Giles Underwood, Bass
Edward Higginbottom, Conductor
Instruments of Time and Truth

Photo by Ebyan Rezgui.

Concert Bookings

For further information about hiring the University Church as a concert venue, please click on the link below.

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University Church Choir