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.
The Church offers a stunning setting, resonant acoustics and a 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. We aim to provide a friendly and professional welcome to ensembles and audiences. The church houses a fine Blüthner grand piano, suitable for professional performances, set on a wheeled platform, as well as a renowned Metzler organ. The church has a capacity of just over 400 but we offer different rates for large concerts and small chamber concerts.
We can offer:
- A team of professional stewards
- Green rooms
- Box office facilities
- Audio-visual facilities
- A licensed bar
- Accessible facilities in the nave
- Rehearsal time on the day of the performance
If you are a concert organiser, we are delighted that you are interested in holding an event at St Mary’s. Please contact our Administrator for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01865 279110.
Recording and Livestreaming
Our newly-installed AV system includes two HD cameras in the Nave, one HD camera in the chancel, with two lapel mics & two pop mics, and several other stationary microphones. We have the ability to record events, from talks, conferences and musical performances and livestream them via the University Church YouTube channel. We do not allow external equipment to be brought in without express permission. Please indicate your interest in recording/ livestreaming when booking your event.
The Church can also be booked for plays, lectures and conferences. Please contact our Administrator for further information: email@example.com or telephone 01865 279110.
'Just wanted to say thank you to Mike and the team for all their help for the concert on Saturday. They were great as always and the concert went really well, thank you' Oxford Chamber Orchestra
'Huge thanks to you and all your team for all the work you did for our concert last night. Everything worked very well, and the choir very much enjoyed the concert – as did the audience! It was wonderful to have another full house and SMV makes a perfect setting for Bach. I hope we haven’t left anything!' New College Choir
'I just wanted to write and thank everyone at SMV for everything on Saturday, in particular Patrick and Mike. Everything went smoothly and to plan and we had lots of positive comments!' Instruments of Time and Truth
'In the first instance, our very sincere thanks for all your help with last Thursday’s event, prior to the day and to your extremely helpful team, in particular Mike, Andrew and Hettie on the day. It was a fabulous occasion made only the better by the beautiful setting of the University Church and the support of your excellent and helpful team.' St Mary's Calne Foundation