St John's College Oxford
Students take part in a lively mix of music and drama events in College and across the University.
The Choir (Rehearsal November 2014)


The College has a rich and varied musical life. Our joint orchestra with St Anne’s College (SASJO) is a non-auditioned orchestra which performs regularly. In Chapel the Choir sings in services twice a week, and gives a full-length concert at least once a term. The College also invites an internationally-renowned organ recitalist to give a concert in the Chapel on its recently-built Aubertin organ each term. The Oxford Alternative Orchestra is also based at St John's.

Each year the College invites a Sound Artist in Residence to spend a term in College. They show their existing work, give talks and develop new work in the course of the term.

The Kendrew Concert series brings internationally renowned musicians to college 5 or 6 times a year. Fully funded, the concerts are held free of charge, and have included artists such as Imogen Cooper (piano), the Michelangelo Quartet, and the Guarneri Trio Prague.

Chamber concerts are organised by the Music Society and individual students throughout the year. Presidential Concerts are held twice a term, with performers often from within College.

Sound Artist in Residence for Hilary Term 2017, Marianthi Papalexandri AlexandriSound Artist in Residence for Hilary Term 2017, Marianthi Papalexandri Alexandri, giving a talk about her work.

" St John's is one of the biggest colleges (and so has great facilities) but still has a great feeling of community where you get to know people really well. " Ben, third year PPE student


St John's College Mummers is one of the oldest and best funded drama societies in the University, and all students interested in drama are encouraged to join in. Mummers organises at least one in-College production a term, be it a full scale drama, comedy revue or Christmas panto. There are performance spaces of all kinds in College, including a purpose-built auditorium and the beautiful gardens.

Find out more at the JCR website.

The Auditorium The Auditorium