Music at St Giles

Come and enjoy a rich and varied programme of music in the heart of Oxford.


Lunchtime Talks

St Giles’ offers a popular series of lunchtime talks on a variety of subjects by eminent speakers. They run on Thursdays at 12.30pm, during university term time. Click here to download a PDF of the poster of the latest series of talk titles and speakers.

To receive notifications of forthcoming talks, please contact the Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth.


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St Giles’ Church is used for exhibitions of paintings and other works of art. Exhibitions are run for a period of two to three weeks and the exhibits are hung on the walls of the nave of the church. Around the time of St Giles’ Fair in early September, the exhibition is usually of art created by the art group of the Gatehouse. If you would like to enquire about mounting an exhibition, please contact Margaret Williamson.


Chess Tuition

In the school holidays two or three mornings of chess tuition are organised by members of St Giles’. It is possible for young people to get a certificate for the standard they have achieved. If you want to find out about the next series of Chess Tuition please contact Rod Nixon, the organiser of these events.


Bring & Sing

Each year at least two “Bring & Sing” choral events will be held in St Giles’. One is on Good Friday in the evening and another is on the Sunday evening in November when we are keeping All Souls. The practice for these events happens during the afternoon of the day. The events bring in soloists and a conductor as required and are generally accompanied by the organ. Please contact Andrew Patterson or Nicholas Prozzillo for details.



A series of concerts are run in St Giles’ during the year. These are given by musicians associated with St Giles’, visiting artists and by young musicians living in Oxford. They normally take place on a week-day evening or a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon. To book the church when planning a concert, please contact the Benefice Manager and fill in the appropriate booking form.


Quiet days

Although St Giles’ Church is in the middle of the city, it offers a good venue for Quiet days. During the year up to three Quiet days are offered in the church. The two Quiet days planned for Autumn 2015 are:


Please contact Georgie Simpson for further details.


Faith Walk

The Friendship Faith Walk takes place on the second Thursday of June. It starts at the Synagogue in Richmond Road and ends at the Mosque on Manzil Way, stopping at St Giles’ Church and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin along the way. People of all faiths and none take part in this walk which is both a demonstration of mutual respect as well as a sign of friendship between people of different faiths. It is a colourful and happy event which hopes to build understanding between people of many different traditions by encouraging them to walk and talk together.


St Giles’ Fair

St Giles’ Fair is held on the first Monday and Tuesday after 1st September, the day on which we celebrate the life of St Giles. On the Sunday before the Fair opens, members of St Giles’ help to lead the worship in a service of blessing right in the middle of the fair. St Giles’ Church is kept open on the two days of the Fair from 10:00am to 10:00pm as a place of retreat for anyone coming to the Fair. We offer a relatively quiet space for people to sit and chat to one another whilst having a cup of tea or coffee with a home-made cake or bun. Throughout the day, visitors are welcomed into the Church, some of whom come to St Giles’ Church at the time of the Fair every year. Prayers are offered at various times of the day and at 5:30pm there is a service of Evening Prayer, at which everyone is welcome.

[Additional information can be found on Wikipedia and The council Web-site ]

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Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous have meetings at St Giles’ Parish Rooms and St Giles’ Parish church. The times of these meetings are: