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Going Down

As final examinations end and the academic year comes to a gradual close, those who are leaving Christ Church this Summer were entertained in the customary manner to a 'going down' party in the beautiful Deanery Garden. Sparkling wine and strawberries marked the end of several years of hard work and life changing experience for undergraduate and graduate leavers. The cathedral also marked the departure of college members at a special service of Evensong last Sunday.




Bishop John Enthroned

On Friday June the 8th the Cathedral was host to the joyful service to inaugurate the episcopal ministry of the Right Revd John Pritchard, the new Bishop of Oxford. The service, at which the Bishop was welcomed, enthroned, annointed, presented with his episcopal staff and dedicated for his ministry, was attended by leaders of the City and County, the Diocese, the University and the other churches. We welcome Bishop John and his family to their important new role. Read more from the Oxford Diocese Website,




New Cathedral Precentor

This evening the new Cathedral Precentor, Revd John Paton, was Installed at a special service of Evensong. Many former parishionners came from John's previous parishes and enjoyed not only the service but also a warm welcome at the reception in the Pocock Garden afterwards. John has come most recently from Purley Parish Church and we are very pleased to welcome him to Christ Church.

Latest Cathedral Choir Recording

John Taverner's Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas

John Taverner's Mass is generally regarded as his finest work which shows complete mastery of structure and polyphony in six parts. It is the first of the eleven mass settings in the Forrest-Heyther part-books, almost certainly collected together for use in Wolsey's chapel. The recording is the first to use the original forces of men and boys as envisaged by the composer and is on the top record label Avie Records. It has been sponsored by the Friends of the Cathedral and is available from Christ Church Cathedral Shop (01865 201971) and all good record shops.



Summer Eights

Today, Wednesday 23rd of May, sees the beginning of Summer Eights, the premier competition in Oxford College Rowing. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend the event across the four days of competition with over 1,000 competitors, ranging from Olympic athletes to beginner rowers. Christ Church has seven boats racing this week, and  its first men's and first women's boats have the chance to go 'head of the river.'





Barefoot for Christian Aid

As this is Christian Aid Week two Christ Church members have vowed to do everything without shoes all week to promote the work of Christian Aid and to raise money for the fight against global poverty. You can read about Mark Gotham and Patrick Dawkins' shoeless week here , and are most welcome to donate if you would like to.

Musical Rites Exhibition

A major exhibition of early printed and manuscript music is being held in Christ Church Upper Library this term, revealing a wealth of fascinating material from the Christ Church collections from wedding, funeral, coronation, Holy Week, May Morning and initiation rites. For more information contact

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Tower Poetry Prize Winners

Is poetry a flourishing and popular art form in UK schools today? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’, judging by the winning poems in this year’s Christopher Tower poetry competition, the country’s most valuable poetry prize for sixth-form students.  The six top poems all showed startling originality, inventiveness, wit, and an assured mastery of form and imagery, but it was seventeen-year-old Charlotte Runcie of St Albans High School for Girls who fended off strong competition to land the £3,000 first prize with her poem, ‘Flying Fish’.




Power Supplied

Over the last few months considerable work has been done to ensure that electricity supplies for Christ Church and the centre of Oxford are secure and reliable in the years ahead. The electricity Substation in the Brewhouse has been relocated in Blue Boar yard and the new substation is currently being connected to college and outside users.





Mary Bide leaves the Cathedral

The Cathedral Precentor, the Revd Mary Bide, says goodbye to Christ Church and the Oxford Diocese at Easter as she leaves to take up a position as  Team Rector at St Mary’s Church in Wimbledon from 5th of May.

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