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Christ Church

Chrust Church College Oxford
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Christ Church
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1DP United Kingdom
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Christ Church is located in the heart of the city centre and is one of the colleges belonging to the University of Oxford. It is also home to the legendary Christ Church Cathedral, which was built in the 12th century. Today, Christ Church is a visitor favourite, well-known for its impressive architecture, entertaining evening choirs and the War Memorial Garden. Christ Church is also a popular film location with famous examples such as Harry Potter.

Gardens

  • The War Memorial Garden was established in honour of the Great War dead of Christ Church. The garden landscape is divided in the south garden and the northeast garden. The south garden, also known as the Rose Garden changes its seasonal bedding twice a year. The Circle Garden is surrounded by a lavender border and embedded with a variation of Wisteria, magnolia, Photinia, Viburnaum and Abelia.
  • The Meadow offers a beautiful setting for outdoor activities directly in the city centre of Oxford. Enjoy a pleasant walk on the large Broad Walk en route to the Botanic Garden, take in a variety of wildlife or watch the rowing boats passing by on the river. Choose from: Broad Walk, New Walk, Deans Ham and Cherwell Path
  • Cathedral Garden was featured in Alice in Wonderland. The garden shows the famous entrance to Wonderland and the tree that the Cheshire Cat sat in.
  • Pocock Garden is primarily planted with Pocock trees and incorporates parts of the old city wall.
  • Masters Garden is a recreational space for students and is only semi-public.
  • Cloister Garden was redesigned in 2008 with new stone carving. The new design incorporates a fountain representing peace and an olive tree.

Church

Christ Church has been a site of religious worship since the seventh century. The present cathedral was built in the twelfth century, and contains the shrine and tomb of St Frideswide, Oxford’s patron saint.

Opening Hours:

Open Monday – Saturday 10.00 -16.15
Sundays 14.00 – 16.15
Last entry 16.15
Closed Christmas Day

The information given is intended for guidance only. Opening hours are subject to functions, examinations, conferences, holidays etc., and charges are subject to review.

You are advised to check opening times and admission charges in advance by visiting the Christ Church website.

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July 2021

July 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Stylus Phantasticus: The Soundworld of Bach’s Predecessors

Christ Church, Christ Church
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1DP United Kingdom
£8 – £01865

This is the opening concert of the Instruments of Time & Truth Summer Concert Series 2021. Today we are very familiar with the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, but what sort of music was being published a generation, or two before him? Some of the most famous composers of their time, who were still composing during Bach’s formative years, have fallen into relative obscurity today. Tonight’s programme aims to bring those composers into focus, and to compare their works with…

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July 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ich habe genug: Bach Cantatas BWV 82a and BWV 209

Christ Church, Christ Church
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1DP United Kingdom
£8 – £01865

This concert is part of the Instruments of Time & Truth Summer Concert Series 2021. This concert matches Bach’s much-loved Leipzig cantata BWV 82a “Ich habe genug,” in its scoring for Soprano and flute obbligato with one of his only two works in Italian: the secular cantata BWV 209 “Non sa che sia dolore”. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Cantata BWV 82a, “Ich habe genug” Cantata BWV 209, “Non sa che sia dolore” Tickets can be booked through the Tickets Oxford…

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July 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Perfection of Music: François Couperin at Home, at Court, in Church

Christ Church, Christ Church
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1DP United Kingdom
£8 – £01865

This concert is part of the Instruments of Time & Truth Summer Concert Series 2021. François Couperin was one of the foremost musicians in the Royal Court of France at the turn of the 18th Century, and the centre of gravity of a talented musical family. Equally comfortable at court, at church, or simply making music at home, this performance takes in the breadth of the Couperins’ musical output and imagines an intimate performance to showcase the versatility of the…

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July 29 @ 8:00 pm

Primus Inter Pares: Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet

Christ Church, Christ Church
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1DP United Kingdom
£8 – £01865

This concert is part of the Instruments of Time & Truth Summer Concert Series 2021. Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet is one of the earliest, best-known, and best-loved works for the clarinet, but it’s rarely heard on the instrument for which it was originally written: the Basset Clarinet, which takes its place as “first among equals” in this dazzling chamber work. In this performance, on period instruments, we are matching this beloved piece with a lesser known but charming early quartet by…

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August 2021

August 5 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Three Chaconnes and a Canary: 17th Century Dance Music

Christ Church, Christ Church
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1DP United Kingdom
£8 – £01865

This concert is part of the Instruments of Time & Truth Summer Concert Series 2021. In this concert, IT&T take you on a harmonious journey through 17th Century dance music, with Jigs, Hornpipes, Sarabandes, and Ciaconnes galore. And even, if you’re watching closely, a canary! Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Suite from Abdelazar Chaconne from The Gordian Knot Unty’d Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) Mensa Sonora, seu Musica Instrumentalis Pars I Balletti Lamentabili à 4 Mensa Sonora, seu Musica Instrumentalis Pars…

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August 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Battaglia! Cornett and Violin – A Contest of Equals

Christ Church, Christ Church
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1DP United Kingdom
£8 – £01865

This concert is part of the Instruments of Time & Truth Summer Concert Series 2021. Accounts of concerts in the 17th and 18th Centuries are of full tales of star musicians one-upping each other, engaging in musical contests for the attention of the fickle and adoring crowds, and pushing their instruments to their limits. This concert is a battle between the two proudest instruments of them all: the violin and the cornett. Gawain Glenton (cornett) and Bojan Cicic (violin) will…

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