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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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March 2019

The Empowered Women Trilogy at SJE Arts

March 1 @ 6:30 pm - March 2 @ 10:00 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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the-telling-sje-arts

The Telling brings you three intimate 'concert-theatre' pieces to mark International Women’s Day 2019, transporting you back in time through plaintive ballads, lively dance music and dramatic narrative. We celebrate the lives of three extraordinary women who defy the strictures of their age and whose stories are both of their time but also startlingly contemporary. The Telling Clare Norburn, soprano Ariane Prussner mezzo, percussion Joy Smith harp, percussion Giles Lewin, Vielle Fatima Lahham, recorders Lighting design Natalie Rowland & Pitch…

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Javier Perianes, piano

March 11 @ 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 - £25
javier-perianes-piano

Elected ‘Artist of the Year’ 2019 by the International Classical Artist Awards in recognition of a career that spans five continents, Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has become a familiar name in concert halls around the world. Recent highlights include international tours with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern and Orquesta Nacional de España and debuts with Philharmonia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic and at Theatre Champs Elysées, Paris.

Javier Perianes gave a memorable performance in the SJE Arts International Piano Series two years ago. His return is warmly welcomed.

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Zee Zee, piano

March 27 @ 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 - £25
zee-zee-piano

An imaginative and electrifying performer, Zee Zee (Zhang Zuo) stands out among the young generation of pianists, her creative maturity described by the Los Angeles Times as ‘a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry’. Trained in her native China and the United States, Zee Zee has given recitals at venues such as Lincoln Center New York, Kennedy Center Washington D.C. and Wigmore Hall, London

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April 2019

Federico Colli

April 6 @ 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 - £25
federico-colli-piano

Federico Colli is recognised internationally for imaginative interpretations and impeccable technique. Since winning first the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and then Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, he has appeared with some of the world’s great orchestras. Of his London debut, performing Rachmaninov No.3 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Times commented: ‘played with formidable delicacy by Federico Colli, with limpid tone and calligraphic phrasing. Colli takes care to seduce before sweeping the listener off his or her feet.’

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Anna Tsybuleva

April 26 @ 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 - £25
anna-tsybuleva

Since winning the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2015, Anna Tsybuleva has performed in recital across Europe and in the Far East and in concerto with orchestras including St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and the Hallé. Exactly one year ago, April 26 2018, she appeared at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov.

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May 2019

Cédric Tiberghien, piano

May 10 @ 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 - £25
cedric-tiberghien

Cédric Tiberghien is particularly praised for his versatility, wide-ranging repertoire, interesting programming and dynamic chamber music partnerships. We have already enjoyed his performance this season with duo partner Alina Ibragimova, tonight he returns as a soloist, a role for which he also has a busy international career. Critical reviews are dazzling, The Telegraph commenting ‘He seems to have the poise and poetry of Chopin in his blood’. We look forward to the Chopin Ballades tonight, and to much more.

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Alyn Shipton’s New Orleans Friends Featuring Adrian Cox (Clarinet) Play Jazz at Vespers

May 22 @ 8:00 pm
SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist Church 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 1EH United Kingdom
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alyn-shiptons-jazz-friends

Does New Orleans jazz belong in church? 65 years ago, in Oxford, Ohio, the celebrated New Orleans clarinettist George Lewis recorded his album ‘Jazz at Vespers’. His band was the leading New Orleans revivalist band at the time, comprising veterans who had been in on the birth of jazz. Playing in an Episcopal church, they focused on the spirituals and hymns that had been part of the music from the start. Tonight’s band, led by BBC Radio 3's Alyn Shipton,…

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