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2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition

Christ Church, Oxford announces the 2009 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition on Tuesday 4 November – the 90th anniversary of the death, aged 25, of Wilfred Owen MC

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 ‘Doubt’.




Vicki Barker wins Tech Award

Christ Church undergraduate Vicki Barker has won the SET Maritime Technology Award for her 4th Year Project

At the 2008 Science, Engineering and Technology Student of the Year Awards, the Lloyds Register Educational Trust Award for the Best Maritime Technology Student went to Vicki Barker of Christ Church and the Department of Engineering Science for her 4th year undergraduate project studying extreme waves off Norway.




The McDonald Centre

Oxford University has launched a new centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, the McDonald Centre. It will examine what contribution Christian ethics can make to issues of public concern. Dr Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church, will be its director.

To read more on the University Website click here
For the McDonald Centre Website click here.

Handel Experience

Choristers of Christ Church Cathedral and Worcester College Choir joined forces on Saturday 11th October with former choristers, choir parents, governors, teachers and other friends for a Choral Workshop and concert of Handel's music in the Cathedral. The programme was organised jointly by the Christ Church Cathedral School Parents’ Association and the Christ Church Cathedral School Old Boys’ Association to raise money for the school





Michaelmas Ordinations

Two ordination services took place in Christ Church Cathedral last weekend, when a total of eighteen men and women from the Diocese were ordained as Deacons by the Rt Revd John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford.  We wish them every fulfilment in their new ministries.






Henry Chadwick Memorial Service

A Memorial Service was held for The Very Reverend Professor Henry Chadwick KBE (1920-2008), former Dean of Christ Church, in the Cathedral on Saturday September the 27th. The Dean of Christ Church welcomed the very large congregation and addresses were given by Professor Henry Matyr-Harting and  Dr Stephen Darlington. Prayers were led by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, and the final belssing was given by Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.





Sub Dean Retires

Members of the Cathedral congregation gathered after Evensong on Sunday the 28th of September to say goodbye to Nicholas and Edith Coulton, on Nicholas' retirement from the position of Sub-Dean. The Dean, the Very Revd Christopher Lewis, thanked Canon Coulton for his contributions to the life and ministry of the Cathedral and presented gifts on behalf of the congregation and Cathedral Friends. We wish them well in the next period of their lives.





Georgian Archibishop Speaks

On September the 23rd, Christ Church hosted an informal talk by Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili from the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia. The Archbishop spoke about the history of Georgia, the present situation and also about the growth of its Evangelical Baptist church. Archbishop Malkhaz was on research leave when the recent conflict with Russia escalated. He recently returned to Georgia and the day after his talk at Christ Church he left for further meetings with church leaders. In Oxford, Humanitarian aid for Georgia has been coordinated by the church of St Michael’s at the North Gate.




Welcome to Choristers

During Choral Evensong at Christ Church on Sunday the 14th of September, the the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Rev'd Christopher Lewis, admitted five boys as choristers to the world famous Cathedral Choir. They were presented by Dr Stephen Darlington, the Cathedral Organist and Director of Music. They will also be joined in a few weeks by new 'Academical Clerks,' who are undergraduates who sing alongside the Lay Clerks of the Choir.

Eternal Light: A Requiem

A new Requiem by Howard Goodall, commissioned by London Musici (orchestra) for performance with the Rambert Dance Company, has its première at Sadler's Wells Theatre in November, as part of a 6 month UK tour with Rambert.  Howard Goodall read Music at Christ Church in the 1970s and is well known as a composer, TV and radio broadcaster and the newly-appointed Government Ambassador for Singing. He has worked closely with the Cathedral Choir at Christ Church and in particular with Christ Church's Organist and Musical Director Stephen Darlington, for whom he has written a number of works.

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