Performances

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
Murder in the Cathedral
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Friday 8 November, 7.30pm

Saturday 9 November, 7.30pm

Scena Mundi 

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Murder in the Cathedral shows the ultimate struggle of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, an outspoken and courageous priest, silenced for daring to speak out against the king. Witness the assassination of Becket in a beautiful, immersive setting and feel his demons, the darkness and sense of doom ushered in by his quarrel with an iron-fisted monarch.

T.S. Eliot, one of the twentieth century’s most innovative poets, was fascinated by this martyr, gruesomely murdered for opposing the tyrannical rule of Henry II. Written in 1935, as Fascism rose in Europe, this poetic take on Becket’s death has contemporary echoes and warnings for our time.

Scena Mundi’s new staging in stunning cathedral settings, coincides with the 850th anniversary of the real murder of Thomas Becket and immerses audiences in the pageant of suspense, murder and passion.

‘An excellent production...The whole experience was a delight: the church is exquisite, and the performances were a joy’. The Financial Times (2015)

Book tickets from the link below or call 01206 573 948.

Supported by the TS Eliot Foundation

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ITT Messiah

Saturday 21 December, 5pm

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.

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University Church Choir