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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.


Tower Poetry Prize Winners 2009

The winners of the 2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for 16 to 18 year old aspiring poets, were announced on 23 April 2009, at a reception at Christ Church in Oxford.

Seventeen-year old Timothy Carson from Sullivan Upper School, Belfast was awarded the £3000 first prize for his poem, Is Life Likely?

Longhorn Cattle back on the Meadow

Longhorn cattle are back on Christ Church Meadow! The Dean and the Treasurer of Christ Church attended the Longhorn Cattle Society's auction at Worcester on Saturday, 18 April 2009 and with the guidance of Mr Charlie Gee and the aid of Mr Crispin Mahony from Savills, they purchased a small herd of longhorn cattle, which will grace and graze Christ Church Meadow, as in former days.

Chaplain's Easter Slum Project

During the Easter vacation Christ Church's College Chaplain, Revd Ralph Williamson, has been visiting a slum school in Delhi called Saakshar, which the Cathedral congregation and college members have supported over the last few years. To learn more about this wonderful school and Ralph's photographic project there go to

Blood Over Water

Recent graduate from Christ Church, David Livingston, has just published a book about the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

Henry's House Party

Between 25th and 27th September this year Christ Church is celebrating its famous founder on the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne in 1509.

BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong

BBC Radio 3 broadcast Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir live from Christ Church at 4.00 pm this Wednesday, the 4th of March. The music was in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Henry Purcell. The recording is to be broadcast again on Radio 3 this Sunday (8 March) at 4.00 p.m.

The recording WAS available on the BBC iPlayer HERE




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