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Christ Church Music Society

Patron - Howard Goodall

President - Will Anderson


About CCMS

Christ Church Music Society (or CCMS) is one of the most active college music societies. It is run entirely by students and provides a performance platform for any Christ Church student who wishes to perform. But CCMS isn’t just for performers, as we cater for all students that want to listen to good music in a live setting. We put on a range of different concerts throughout the year, ranging from solo recitals to larger ensembles such as the Christ Church College Orchestra.

Keep up to date with our latest news and concerts by joining our facebook page:

CCMS membership is available to all Christ Church Students. It only costs £10 to join for the entire year to get free access to all CCMS concerts. Please email the President if you’d like to become a member. 

Concerts in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

CCMS is very fortunate to have Christ Church Cathedral as a venue. The North Transept is an ideal venue for chamber music, yet it can also accommodate large choirs and orchestras. The Cathedral possesses an excellent Fazioli piano, a Goble harpsichord and a Rieger organ. 

CCMS Festival

Christ Church’s week-long music festival takes place during Hilary Term. Its eclectic range of music makes it a highlight of the Christ Church calendar. Last year’s festival included concerts of Indian music, experimental music, and an evening of art and music in Christ Church Picture Gallery.

Christ Church Orchestra

The Christ Church Orchestra was formed in 2002. It is made of Christ Church instrumentalists, augmented by the best instrumentalists from around the university, and aims to perform a quality of high quality orchestral music every term. Recent repertoire has included Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture, Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, First and Sixth Symphonies. See the link at the bottom of this page to an extract from the Trinity 2012 concert, when the orchestra performed Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony'.

The College Orchestra's Facebook page is here:

College Choir

The College Choir is made up of students from both Christ Church and the wider university. About 20 in number, the choir sings Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral on Mondays during term-time. Over the last few years the choir has sung Evensong at Westminster Abbey, Trinity College Cambridge, St George's Chapel, Windsor and the cathedrals at Winchester, Canterbury, Hereford, Salisbury, Coventry and St. Paul's.

Unless otherwise stated, all concerts are in Christ Church Cathedral at 20:30. Tickets may be bought on the door for £5, or £3 for students. Free entry for CCMS members to all our concerts, all year!

CCMS membership is available to all Christ Church Students. It only costs £10 to join for the entire year to get free access to all CCMS concerts. 



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