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, following his 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 Christmas 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.

‘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, The Oxford Times, December 2013.