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Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

Regular services

  • Daily
    Choral Evensong - Boys & Men

About this church

The Cathedral stands on the site of an ancient Saxon Church, founded in the 8th century by Saint Frideswide, the Patron Saint of Oxford. The present building was constructed in the 12th century as the monastery church, St Frideswide’s Priory, for a community of Augustinian Canons. Inside the church stood an ornate shrine on which were kept the relics of the saint. Pilgrims visited the shrine throughout the Middle Ages. In 1524, just prior to the General Dissolution of the Monasteries, Cardinal Wolsey gained permission from the Pope to close down St Frideswide’s Priory in order to use the land to build a vast new college for the university.

About the choir

There are twelve men and sixteen boys in the Choir. The boys are selected for their musical ability and attend Christ Church Cathedral School. Of the men, six are professionals (the lay clerks), and six are Oxford undergraduates (the academical clerks).

Contact details

Address: OX1 1DP
Phone: 01865 276150
E-mail: enquiries@chch.ox.ac.uk

Service calendar

**NB: Be sure to check the music list link (left column of this page) before travelling to the church, as there can often be discrepancies between that and the times on the calendar below.**


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