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 Performances at St Mary's
The Infant - A Jazz Suite for Christmas

Saturday 30 November, 7.30pm

The Infant - A Jazz Suite for Christmas

Tim Boniface Quartet

Following the success of THE EIGHT WORDS (2016), The Tim Boniface Quarter present THE INFANT. A deep, moving and joyful jazz suite based on the characters in Luke’s Christmas story, performed by this dynamic exciting UK based jazz quartet. 

Alongside Tim Boniface on saxophones, THE INFANT features the exceptional Phil Merriman (piano) Ed Babar (bass) and Jon Ormston (drums).

During the first hour the band will play the jazz suite, and after an intermission they will play some Christmas favourites/ There will be a complimentary drink during the intermission.


All proceeds from this performance will benefit Oxford Winter Night Shelter.


“I’ve had a such a blast listening to Tim Boniface’s The Infant. The playing is full of energy when required, gorgeously intimate at other points, and always bursting with invention and passion. Beautiful and uplifting.” Will Todd

“Tuneful, sincere and exciting. And it swings! …Fine music. Good new of great joy for all the people, indeed!” Brian Case


Tickets (£12/£6, including a complimentary drink) available below from the Tickets Oxford website or by phoning 01865 305 305.

queen's college

Friday 6 December, 7.00pm


Handel Messiah

Handel's great masterpiece narrates the story of Christ from nativity to resurrection and the triumph of life over death.

Rowan Pierce soprano
Esther Brazil mezzo-soprano
Peter Harris tenor
Ashley Riches bass-baritone

Choir of The Queen's College, Oxford
Academy of Ancient Music

Owen Rees director

ITT Messiah

Saturday 21 December, 5.00pm

Instruments of Time & Truth

A highlight of Oxford’s musical calendar, don’t miss this chance to hear the quintessential Christmas work in the expert hands of the city’s own period-instrument orchestra and world-renowned conductor, Edward Higginbottom.

The small but powerful forces of IT&T and the Oxford Consort of Voices whip through the drama of this oratorio with not a musical cliche in sight.

Tickets (£35/£25)

Instruments of Time and Truth is a world-class period instrument ensemble from Oxford, performing music of the Baroque and Classical eras.

University Church Choir