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St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
01865 613507 https://www.sje-oxford.org/

SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist church 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 was designed and built for a monastic order but is now part of St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford. It is grade I listed and renowned for a superb acoustic.

We host a wide range of events – choral, orchestral, opera, piano, chamber, jazz, folk, pop, poetry reading – some of them put on by outside promoters and performers, others by SJE Arts. Our own promotions include choral concerts, with a Choral Festival in the summer, and our two Series which run through the year: SJE Arts International Piano Series showcasing SJE’s Steinway Model D concert grand piano and bringing UK based and international stars to Oxford and SJE Arts Next Generation Series, giving a platform to talented younger players making their way in the profession.

At SJE Arts we look after our customers: SJE is equipped with underfloor heating and padded chairs with performances on a raised stage to maximise visibility. There are modern washroom facilities, we run a licensed bar and for some events, pre-concert suppers are offered. In summer months guests may take their drinks out and sit in the beautiful cloister or wander around one of the many art exhibitions that use this lovely space.

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Doors 45-30 minutes before start of event. See specific event details.

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January 2018

Angela Hewitt, piano

January 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£15

J.S. Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier, Book I Nos. 1-12 Interval Nos. 13-24 Daughter of a cathedral organist, the young Angela Hewitt ‘danced to Bach, sang to Bach, played him on the violin and recorder...’ Her passion has not faded. In 2016 she embarked on the Bach Odyssey – a mission to give public performance to all this consummate composer’s major keyboard works. At SJE tonight, we are to be treated to Book I of The Well-tempered Clavier. The first of…

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February 2018

Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, piano – Mozart, Brahms and Schubert

February 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£5 - £18

Mozart:  Rondo in D, K.485 Brahms: 4 Klavierstucke, Op.119 Schubert:  Four Impromptus, D899, Op.90 Born in Switzerland in 1991, pianist and composer Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula studied at the Lausanne Conservatoire and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating with Distinction. In 2014-15 Jean-Sélim held the Rebanks Family Piano Fellowship at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and in 2016 was invited by Sir András Schiff to give solo recitals at major venues in Europe and the USA as part of his…

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Erik Satie: Memoirs of a Pear-shaped Life

February 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£15

Anne Lovett, piano David Bamber, narrator Eric Satie was a complex, eccentric and lonely man. Devised and written by Meurig Bowen, Memoirs of a Pear-shaped Life showcases the full, startling breadth of the composer’s piano output and interweaves Satie’s diaries and reflections on his riotously varied, chaotically creative and intermittently dysfunctional life. The music includes many of Satie’s most enduring keyboard works – Gymnopédies, Gnossiennes, Je te veux, Le piège de Méduse, Avant-dernières pensées, Le Piccadilly and Heures séculaires. No…

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March 2018

Stephen Hough, piano

March 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£15

Debussy: Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque) Debussy: Images, Set 2 Chopin: Sonata No. 2 Interval Debussy: La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune (from Préludes, Book 2) Debussy: Images, Set 1 Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata' Stephen Hough places Debussy and Chopin side by side to highlight the empathy between them in their love for, and understanding of, the sound of the piano. He will then bring the evening to a dramatic close with Beethoven’s Sonata Op.57,…

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April 2018

Joaquín Achúcarro, piano – ‘Around Granada’

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£15

‘Around Granada’ Albeniz: Granada Debussy: La Puerta Del Vino Falla: Andaluza Debussy: La Soirée dans Grenade Falla: Hommage à Debussy Albeniz: El Albaicín (Iberia) Interval Chopin: 24 Preludes Op. 28 Joaquín Achúcarro has been a commanding presence on the international stage since his victory in England at teh 1959 Liverpool International Competition and subsequent debut with the London Symphony in the Royal Festival Hall. A contemporary of Alfred Brendel, Achúcarro now appears almost exclusively in his native Spain and the…

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May 2018

Barbican Piano Trio

May 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£5

Sophie Lockett, violin Robert Max, cello James Kirby, piano Haydn: Piano Trio in E, HV:28 Schumann: Piano Trio No.3 in G minor, Op.110 Interval Schubert: Piano Trio in B-flat, D.898 Barbican Piano Trio is known for stimulating performances and exceptional audience rapport. At home, the Trio appears regularly at Wigmore Hall and in festivals and concert series around the country, abroad it has performed at major venues in the USA as well as in Europe, the Far East and South…

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Ballet Music for 4 Hands – Viv McLean and Alasdair Beatson

May 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£5
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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite Ravel: La Valse Interval Stravinsky: Rite of Spring Since winning First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has had a successful career in the UK and internationally. He performs as a soloist, in concerto, with chamber groups and enjoys collaborating with other musicians, for instance Natalie Clein and David Le Page. Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as both soloist and chamber musician.  Recent highlights include concerts in London’s Wigmore…

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June 2018

Imogen Cooper, piano

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£15
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Haydn: Sonata in C major Hob XVI/50 Beethoven: Bagatelles Op.119 Interval Schoenberg: Six little pieces Op.19 Beethoven: 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli Internationally acclaimed pianist Imogen Cooper is regarded as one of the world’s finest interpreters of classical and romantic repertoire, with praise especially for her musical insight and superb technique. Last season saw her perform with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, Sydney Symphony with Simone Young and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, in…

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Maki Sekiya – SJE Arts International Piano Series 2018

June 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£5
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Programme: Liszt: Deux légendes Années de Pèlerinage - Troisième année Aux Cyprès de la Villa d'Este No. 2 Threnodie Scriabin: Preludes Interval Ligeti: Etude for Piano No. 9, Vertige Satoh: Bridge Ⅴ Ravel: Miroirs A graduate of Moscow Conservatory, Tokyo-born Maki Sekiya combines a successful career in the UK with concert commitments in Russia and Japan. Praised for her extensive repertoire and unusual programming, she offers us tonight an exciting mix of contemporary Japanese along with nineteenth and twentieth century compositions.

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September 2018

Viv McLean, piano and Orchestra of St John’s

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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£15
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Viv McLean, piano Orchestra of St John’s Arensky: Variations Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K. 414 Tchaikovsky: Serenade Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K. 511 Since winning First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has enjoyed a successful career in the UK and internationally. He has performed in concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, English Chamber and Scottish Concert Orchestras and is touring this season with the London Concert Orchestra performing ‘Simply Gershwin’…

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