What people are saying

Orchestra of St John’s

“Very enjoyable, delightful welcome when we arrived early. Bar open a bonus!”

Rosemary Williams following a performance of Handel’s Messiah by Orchestra of St John’s, 11 December 2016.

“A moving performance of the St John Passion. The chairs in SJE are very comfortable too!”

Don Wild following performance by Orchestra of St John’s, 15 April 2017.

Westminster Williamson Voices

“Fabulous evening with excellent choir and wonderful repertoire (I had seen them before and hence eager to book again!) Thanks to you and them. I always love coming to SJE for the excellent music, great venue and moreover super friendly workers (I forgot the great beer). I always feel ‘at home’. Please pass on my appreciation to all parties.”

Sheila Puri after an SJE Choral Festival concert by Westminster Williamson Voices, Princeton, USA, 8 July 2017.

Sergey Rybin, pianist

“I really enjoyed playing the piano, it is a beautiful instrument… I loved the venue in every way – acoustic, the piano and it is warm unlike some other churches…”

Sergey Rybin, pianist, after recording session at SJE

The Oxford Lieder Festival

“We had three fantastic evenings at SJE, which is such a wonderfully welcoming place … It’s really a great asset to the musical life of Oxford.”

Sholto Kynoch, Artistic Director of Oxford Lieder

Steve Hogarth of Marillion’s concert

“A really fantastic concert in a wonderful setting. Could not have been better. Thank you!”

Sarah Loving, after attending Steve Hogarth of Marillion’s concert at SJE.

The Tallis Scholars and Sospiri

“It is such a pleasure to perform in SJE. I know of very few places in the world that have that combination of lovely staff, a wonderful place to perform and a warm comfortable place to sit in the audience. And a bar as well! I hope we’ll be back soon.”

Chris Watson, The Tallis Scholars and Sospiri, 2014.

Oxford Bach Choir

“Oxford Bach Choir really enjoys singing at SJE – brilliant acoustic, comfy seats and helpful staff”

Jennifer Thompson, OBC

perfect venue

“Once again, this has been a fantastic year for classical music in Oxford, courtesy of teams such as Music at Oxford, SJE Arts, Oxford Philomusica, Oxford Lieder Festival and all the many other enthusiasts, both professional and amateur, who work tirelessly to ensure the rest of us have a constant feast of musical goodies to gorge on. To all these people, including the unsung heroes behind the scenes, a heartfelt thank you.

For me, the Britten highlight of the year was Nova Opera’s stunning production of Curlew River, a hauntingly powerful chamber opera that portrays a woman’s desperate search for her lost son with poignant intensity. St John the Evangelist Church, in Iffley Road, was the perfect venue for this simply-staged but incredibly moving production, which I found utterly compelling”.

Nicola Lisle, Oxford Times December 2013

one of the city’s best venues

“2013 also saw another Oxford church come into its own as a music venue. St John the Evangelist, in Iffley Road, is now one of the city’s best venues, hosting shows this year by everyone from Queen’s Brian May to multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wolf and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson.” – Oxford Mail December 2013

Oxford Contemporary Music concerts Oct and Nov 2012

“A beautiful venue with one of the most welcoming atmospheres in Oxford” OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music)

East Oxford Orchestra concert November 2012

” SJE has become a wonderful new home for East Oxford Community , and Orchestra. The acoustics are amazing, the chairs very comfortable, and the SJE team very welcoming. For a 100 yr old church it has actually got heating that makes a difference.”

Following EUBO concert December 2011:
Superb acoustic, large and versatile performance area, well-spaced and comfortable seating – all most welcome in this new Oxford concert venue.

The efficiency of the staff at St John the Evangelist Church made our ‘behind-the-scenes’ contact very easy – and the attention to detail was commendable.

It is clear that everyone involved at St Stephen’s House is committed to making this concert venue work for artists and audiences.
European Union Baroque Orchestra

Following our Light Up a Life concert in November, we received fantastic feedback from many people that came along. The church is an incredibly beautiful and atmospheric venue which made it a very special evening. The staff were welcoming and very helpful and we would definitely consider using the venue again. An important factor for many concerts is obviously the acoustics of the building and I have to say, at St John the Evangelist Church, they are second to none.
Helen and Douglas House, Nov 2011

It was wonderful to use the Church for our recent concert. We gave the acoustics a good work out with a wide ranging programme with an 80 piece orchestra, string quartets, Jazz bands and choirs. In all items there was a lovely bloom to the sound and it really is a wonderful space in which to perform. The comfortable seating was much appreciated by the audience and the large performance area meant that there was plenty of room for stage moving. It really is a most exciting venue.
Magdalen College School, Nov 2011