St John The Evangelist Church

St John The Evangelist Church

St John The Evangelist Church
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Charlie M
81 contributions
Dec 2022
I visited this church for a concert in December and found both the venue and the staff beyond excellent. I have accessibility requirements and emailed in advance about them, and staff were speedy and helpful, providing for my needs excellently. The seats were quite comfortable, the acoustics are amazing, and it's generally a beautiful venue. There's a fair bit of parking (with lots of space on the street), shops nearby to grab a snack, and generally everything is excellent. If you're going to a concert at St John the Evangelist Church and have accessibility needs, you'll be treated with immense respect and kindness.
Written January 25, 2023
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SwindonMitch
Swindon, UK127 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Visited for a concert and attended the pre concert talk. The complex is interesting and the church is a great venue for music. The bar was an unexpected bonus. It was a very chilly day and the church was just about warm enough so if its cold, come with layers!
Written March 25, 2019
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Jacquie B
29 contributions
Feb 2015 • Family
We attended a concert on 21 Feb -the amazing Jonny Grennwood and equally amazing LCO. The Venue was perfect for the occasion -lovely building and very atmospheric.
Written February 23, 2015
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coughandcath
Manorbier, UK1,250 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Visited yesterday for an Oxford City Singers concert . Lovely environment and great sound . Shame they ran out of paper cups !
Written December 15, 2019
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AlunEOxford_UK
Oxford, UK22 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
I've attended several concerts at SJE, the most recent being on 29 June 2019 (a recital of harpsichord and classical guitar music). The church is the venue for "SJE Arts" and hosts events regularly. The acoustics are excellent and the church has several interesting features, including a set of paintings of the Stations of the Cross around the nave and an intricate rood screen. The stained glass window above the altar and needlework altarpiece are also worth a look!
Written June 30, 2019
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Gracie_Feels
Oxfordshire, UK26 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Great collection of prints and etchings from the Oxford Cooperative. Lovely spacious venue for exhibition, so could really enjoy viewing at leisure. Plus info about printmaking courses in the area.
Written April 14, 2016
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jpolondon708
Greater London, UK162 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This was our second visit to see Tom Russell at St John the Evangelist. The church is lovely, with a beautiful rood screen that provides an excellent back drop to the concert. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere and staff, with a small bar. As for the concert, what can I say…Tom Russell was superb, as was Max de Bernardi, his guitarist, and both were friendly and approachable after the concert.
Written October 1, 2015
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caroline b
oxford262 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
Our first visit to this venue which is proactively promoting its facilities for live music events. What sets it apart ? fantastic accoustics, cosy underfloor heating, a brightly lit and warm venue, and best of all proper chairs!!!!! Sheldonian eat your heart out. Bag an A priced seat and you can virtually be sitting amongst the musicians - pay for C and you will only get a reduced/side view. It is all on ground floor level.
all this coupled with bus stop outside the door or free street parking after 6,30pm [ or pay £6 and spoil yourself with adjacent private car park, book with tickets]. Bar with proper glasses.
And the music - fabulous - Orchestra of St John's conducted by the amazing John Lubbock at its best. Supported by the OSJ voices, the young soloists were a joy but best of all for me was Richard Milone, the first violinist, his great talent coupled with sheer enjoyment was wonderful.. We went home smiling.
We will definitely go there again, lots of great concerts scheduled for 2015..
Written December 25, 2014
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AirwavesFan
Oxford, UK35 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
We saw the band Spring Offensive at this church and it was a great venue for it. The band are at the same level as the audience, giving it an intimate feel as oppose to when a stage is used and the acoustics served the band well. Overall a nice change to the usual bar venues that bands tend to play in, plus if you like church aesthetics the venue will also please you.
Written July 25, 2013
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Veronica L
8 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
My husband and I booked up to see Thea Gilmore at this venue, which is still a working church and we found was unsuitable for hosting such events. The first obstacle was their website giving scant information on parking problems in Oxford to help unsuspecting travellers coming from afar. They offer no parking themselves and gave no mention that every street in the vicinity leading to the car park they suggested in Union Street is closed off and you have to make a large detour to get there (which is just around the corner on google map). They make no mention of what to do for those with disabilities. My husband was recovering from facial surgery just a few weeks before, so I dropped him off as near as I could to the venue’s entrance and thought I could go down a side street to get to the car park but found I couldn’t and just got stuck, then took the best part of an hour to find the Union St Car Park and get to the venue myself. Others we talked to at the concert said they had ended up abandoning their cars down residential streets after giving up trying to find suitable places.

By the time I got to the venue, there was no-one around and the signage was scant but I saw a light on and SJE signage in the distance to the right-hand entrance of the church so aimed for that, only to find locked gates and no idea what to do next. The Ieft-hand side of the church was dark with only signage for a Muslim prayer centre but I tried that in desperation and finally found an open entrance!

Once inside, I found the staff less that welcoming and, when I went to buy drinks at the bar at half-time, the man who served me was curt, unhelpful and somewhat incompetent, causing a queue to quickly build up. Their whole attitude seemed to be that they didn’t want anyone there and couldn’t wait to get rid of us.

When my husband went in search of the disabled toilets, he found none nearby and had to go to the main toilets that were a very long walk away over uneven flagstones.

Thea Gilmore was great and the ecclesiastical surroundings did look nice. But her performance was cut short as she said she was given strict orders to finish at 10pm, despite a notice at the entrance that said the concert would finish at 10.30pm, so we were very disappointed and she had obviously wanted to play more songs during the encore.

Just how this venue has been licensed by the council to host events outside of church matters is totally beyond us, particularly with the unsuitability of its location for parking and the disabled facilities being rather lacking. It seems highly compromised as both a church and an arts centre.
Written February 12, 2024
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St John The Evangelist Church, Oxford