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BBC Oxford's 'Celebration of Christmas'

BBC Oxford's 'Celebration of Christmas'Rowan Williams, Howard Goodall, Sophie Grigson and Robert Hardy are among those who've contributed to BBC Oxford's 'Celebration of Christmas', produced in collaboration with Christ Church Cathedral. The service, which features the Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral School Choir and BBC presenters including Geraldine Peers, Wesley Smith and Phil Mercer, was recorded in the cathedral on 1 December and will be broadcast on BBC Radio Oxford at 8.00 am on Sunday 20th December and at 9.00 am on Christmas Day. The service will also be available on BBC iplayer, and parts it will feature in BBC Radio 3's 'Hallelujah' series over the next few weeks. A collection raised over £1,200 for Children in Need. 

£5 million Parkinson's study

The Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Consortium, a team of world-class researchers at the University of Oxford led by Christ Church Tutor Dr Richard Wade-Martins (left), has been awarded £5 million over five years for new research into how Parkinson’s Disease develops and progresses, after being chosen from a shortlist of seven UK research teams by an international review panel for the The Monument Discove

Christopher Tower Poetry 2010

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition, the UK’s most valuable prize for young poets, is once again open for entries, and this year students between 16-18 years of age are challenged to write a poem on the theme of ‘Promises’.




Admissions on Facebook

The Christ Church Admissions Office now has its own Facebook page, which is designed for potential applicants and teachers, and anyone else interested or involved in admissions and outreach. The page should prove popular with visitors preparing for this Friday's Admisssions Open Day. Just search for 'Christ Church Oxford Admissions' on Facebook (or click on the image left) for recent news and admissions updates, and become a fan today!

Tower Poetry Summer School

The 6th Tower Poetry Summer School (25-28 August) for young poets aged 18-23 has been held in Christ Church.  Jane Draycott and Frances Leviston have been inspiring tutors for the group of 14 students from throughout the UK and Wednesday evening’s reading was further enhanced by a reading from Michael Schmidt, Professor of Poetry, University of Glasgow and Editorial & Managing Director of Carcanet.

British Academy Fellowship for Christopher Pelling

The British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and social sciences, has elected Christ Church's Professor Christopher Pelling as a Fellow. Chris is one of seven academics from Oxford University to be elected for the importance of their scholarly work. Christopher Pelling is Regius Professor of Greek at Christ Church. His research interests are in Greek and Latin historiography and biography, especially the literary criticism of these prose texts; in particular, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, and Tacitus. OU weblink:

ARC International Cathedral Welcomers

Christ Church Cathedral is delighted to welcome six young men and women this week as part of the ARC (Accueil, Rencontre, Communauté) programme. ARC is an ecumenical organisation which provides free guided tours to visitors in European churches and cathedrals during the summer months. Our six guests will be offering tours of the cathedral in English, German, Italian, French,
 Spanish and Dutch in the coming weeks.

Blue Boar Opening

The opening of the beautifully refurbished and restored Blue Boar Building was officially celebrated on June the 17th with a lecture by Mr Richard Curtis, CBE, (left) the award winning film and TV screenwriter  and director, and founder of Comic Relief, who is an old member of the college. The lecture in the new Blue Boar Lecture Theatre was followed by a fine dinner in Christ Church's Great Hall.

Christ Church Goes Head!

At the last day of Summer 8's, as Oxford colleges battled it out on the river, Christ Church's first Mens 8 rowed home to a almost leisurely victory, gaining for Christ Church the headship of the river which they last held in 1985. After a dinner in Hall, the customary ceremony of the burning of a boat took place along with approriate celebrations. We congratulate all Christ Church's rowers, men and women, for their outstanding perfomance this week.

Howard Goodall wins Classical Brit Award

Christ Church old member and internationally acclaimed composer Howard Goodall has won Composer of the Year  in this year's BPI Classical Brits Awards for his "Eternal Light: A Requiem" which was recorded with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir. The Classical Brits 2009 awards ceremony took place at the Royal Albert Hall on May 14th and was televised on ITV1.  Howard studied music at Christ Church and has a long association with the college and the Cathedral Choir.


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