A Grade I, G.F. Bodley designed church and adjoining cloister that forms part of St Stephen's House, a Permanent Private Hall of the University.
Recently updated as a concert venue, SJE has underfloor heating and new lighting, comfortable chairs, a new toilet block, staging, and a Steinway D concert grand piano. The acoustic is superb.
SJE is on the Iffley Road opposite the University Sports Ground. Buses from Oxford city centre stop directly outside. Buses from London stop five minutes' walk away in St Clement's.
Capacity: 400 - 500
Disabled access and toilet.
Bar on site for most events.
A selection of Green Rooms for performers.
Public car parks at St Clement's and behind Tesco on Cowley Road.
Limited parking for performers and Blue Badge holders in the college and, for some events, extra parking for the general public nearby
Walking: approx. 25 mins
By Bus: approx. 15 mins, from Westgate (Stop E1), Bus 3 or 3A to Rose Hill, James Street West Stop. Also X90 and BROOKESbus U5
By car: approx. 5
109a Iffley Road,
By Car: approx. 30 mins
By bus: approx. 30 mins, St Aldates (Stop H1), Heartbeat X13 to Abingdon Town Centre, High Street (stop A7), short walk to St Helen’s Church
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
Friday 11th May 7.30 pm St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road
Saturday 12th May 5.30 pm St Helen’s Church, Abingdon
Edward Elgar’s masterpiece choral work is presented by Ensemble Vocal Interlude, Grenoble and the East Oxford Community Choir & Orchestra, conducted by James Longstaffe. Gerontius is sung by Robin Whitehouse (tenor), the Angel by Katherine Cooper (mezzo-soprano), and the Priest by Dexter Drown (bass).
The text for The Dream of Gerontius is a poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman that deeply inspired Elgar. In it, an archetypal old man comes to the end of his natural life, and – with the encouragement of Priest and Angel – travels beyond death, confronting the demons of the afterlife along his journey. Elgar completed the work in 1900, describing it as a sacred cantata, not an oratorio. Although its Catholic exposition of the passage from life to eternity was initially difficult for Anglican audiences, its brilliance soon earned it extraordinary stature in the choral repertoire.
The EOCC has been combining forces with Interlude, Grenoble for 17 years, and are delighted to welcome their ‘twin’ choir to Oxford once again.
Duration: 1 hour 45mins with interval
Tickets are available to purchase on the door of the event with cash.