Summer 2021 in Oxford

Venue St Barnabas Church, Jericho
Start date 26/07/21
End date 28/07/21
Variety: Folk songs
Gilbert & Sullivan: Tit Willow (the Mikado)
Gilbert & Sullivan: We sail the ocean blue (HMS Pinafore)
Gilbert & Sullivan: With cat-like tread (Pirates of Penzance)
Status Taking bookings
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About the course

The course includes whole-group singing, musical games and exercises to improve sight reading and vocal technique, music theory, history and appreciation to build a broader understanding of the repertoire and it’s context.

Each day will begin at 9.30 (registration from 9.00) and conclude at 3.30. The week will end with a special informal concert featuring some of the music rehearsed during the course, covid permitting. This will be recorded and sent out to you as a private link.

COVID and The Oxford & Cambridge Singing School 

We will of course adhere to all government guidance relating to Covid. Details of guidance for the end of July should become clearer soon. Your safety and well-being is our priority and we have put measures in place at each of our singing schools to ensure the safety of both participants and staff.  If you have any queries please do let me know on  

Please don’t come to the singing school if you or anyone in your family group have any of the following coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to self isolate:
a new continuous cough
a high temperature
a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If you are unable to attend the course due to Covid, your booking credit will be rolled over to a future course of your choice. 

About the venue

St Barnabas Church, Oxford was opened for worship on 19 October 1869. The land for St Barnabas was given by George Ward who was an Oxford ironmonger, and the benefactor for the Church building was the generous Thomas Combe, Printer to the University, along with his wife, Martha. The Church was essentially built to serve the spiritual needs of the workforce of the nearby Clarendon Press (subsequently the Oxford University Press) on Great Clarendon Street, as well as the residents of the growing west Oxford suburb of Jericho.

As one enters St Barnabas Church, one is struck at the breadth, and height of the interior space, with its majestic mosaic of Christ the King resting above a dramatic gilded canopy or baldacchino over the High Altar and the great openwork iron cross suspended above the nave (based on Fr Montague Noel’s SSC cross and memorably borrowed by Thomas Hardy in Jude the Obscure).

In 2019/2020 the Church and Parish is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a series of celebratory events, services and concerts.

St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Street, Oxford, OX2 6BG
Oxford Train Station (National Rail)