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The Choir of St Michael at the North Gate

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As in so many churches years ago, the choir of St Michael at the North Gate was, for long time, made up of boy trebles and men. Today, the choir is a mixed consort of men and women, most of whom are students at the University of Oxford. Auditions for the choir are held all year round. Please contact the Director of Music for more information. DOWNLOAD MUSIC LIST Music List (2014 Q4) HISTORY As late as the 1960’s there was a flourishing choir of men and boys. Prizes were awarded at Christmas – one of two guineas to a chorister “who has completed two year’s service and whose singing ability and...

The Willis Organ of St Michael at the North Gate

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The current organ dates from 1954 when Henry Willis III installed a two-manual instrument in the north transept. This forms the basis of the present organ. The original console stood in front of the case and faced south. In 1989-90, Henry Willis IV overhauled and enlarged the instrument. A new Positif division was added, which is flanked by horizontal pipes of the Trompette. The new three-manual console faces...

Recordings

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“Impressive” – Royal Schools of Church Music “Perfect” – Musicweb International “Quality of singing is excellent” – Organist’s Review In celebration of the 350th Anniversary of Thomas Cranmer’s masterpiece, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. This recording features music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Paul Spicer and the rarely heard A Short Requiem by Sir Henry Walford Davies in memory of those who fell in the First World War. £12.95 plus postage & packing Secure payment via...

Concerts in St Michael’s

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      Matthew Drinkwater – Piano Recital                                            ...

The St Michael’s Oxford Educational Trust

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  The Trust is a small grant making Charity, with limited funds available, to assist with the education or improvement in the quality of life of young people, under 25 years old, who are resident or work  in, or close to, the City of Oxford. Grants, usually of between £300 and £500, are made to individuals or voluntary organisations for these purposes. The Trustees prefer to help those from a less well off or deprived background, but they have a wide discretion. Some examples of grants made recently are – £300 towards a teaching trip to Gambia; £300 for a computer for a formerly homeless person getting back on...

Our History

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If you approached Oxford from the north 950 years ago, coming down St Giles, the most conspicuous building in your line of sight would have been the present church tower, dating from about 1050. It is probably the oldest surviving building in Oxford, rivalled only by the castle tower, and originally situated just within the North Gate, of the city, protected to the north by the city wall. All other traces of the original church have vanished, but a church there certainly was. The Domesday Book (1086) records that ‘the priests of St Michael hold two houses worth 52d’. After the tower, the earliest surviving parts of the church...

Director of Music

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Tom Hammond-Davies is a top prizewinning choral conductor. He is the founder and director of the Blenheim Singers at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and has recently been appointed Musical Director of the Wooburn Singers, founded by Richard Hickox in 1967. In addition, he is a countertenor Lay Clerk with the multiple Gramophone Award-winning Choir of New College, Oxford. Read more about Tom on his own...