Venue Hire

SJE Arts – St John the Evangelist church

St John the Evangelist Church, is available for hire as a performance venue – for concerts, opera, plays and lectures – as a rehearsal space and for recordings. The adjoining cloister garden can also be used for performances.


SJE Arts is a warm and welcoming venue in the busy Cowley area of central Oxford with good public transport links to the city centre and to London. The church is grade I listed and is renowned for its superb acoustic. Up to 500 people can be seated, depending on the area required for performance space.

A front of house manager and volunteer stewards are provided for all public performances and a licenced bar is an option (profit to SJE restoration fund).


Recordings take place in the church, which has superb acoustic and is equipped with a Steinway Model D. Noise interference is minimal, SJE being set well back from Iffley Road and joined by a cloister to St Stephen’s House, a small theological college.

There is on-site parking, allowing for easy load-in, and the control room is comfortable with  washrooms close by. B&B accommodation is available on site at special rates for engineers, producers and performers.

The venue is equipped with the following facilities:

  • central heating
  • good modern lighting
  • demountable staging (9 pieces 2m x 1m, 20 or 40cm high) and a conductor’s podium
  • a licenced bar
  • 12 music stands
  • an inductance loop for the benefit of the hard of hearing
  • modern washrooms in the cloister
  • green rooms in the college across the cloister, subject to availability, and the sacristy
  • good public transport links to the centre of Oxford and to London

Available for separate hire:

  • Steinway model D concert grand piano on 40cm high platform
  • Yamaha E108 upright piano, free for rehearsal use and at a small charge for performances
  • sound reinforcement system

Further services:

Ticket sales through SJE – set up charge, commission on sales and fee for running door box office, if required.

Professional recording of concert or rehearsal sessions for release or archival purposes. This service will be charged separately by negotiation. Notice is required and availability cannot be guaranteed.

Catering and accommodation for performers in the college at reduced performer rates.

If you are interested in hiring the Church of St John the Evangelist or the cloister garden for a concert or other event, please contact:

Emma Pascoe ( or Michele Smith ( for more information or call 01865 613507.

Correspondence address: St Stephen’s House, 16 Marston St, Oxford, OX4 1JX

Address of SJE: Church of St John the Evangelist, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EH

SJE Arts – Cloister Gallery

The Cloister Gallery is available for hire as an exhibition space. The full cloister will hang up to 200 works but a limited section can be used to good effect. There is also an area of garden for 3D work. The gallery is fitted with a professional picture hanging system and new lighting.

Exhibitors are expected to invigilate their exhibition and run their own sales desk, times and access arrangements to be agreed with SJE Arts.