Student Activities and Societies
Take a look at our photo gallery of our student sports people, musicians and actors.
The JCR website will give an insight into life here. One of the annual highlights at St Hilda's is the May Ball, which our students plan and organise as well enjoy attending! Take a look at the photo gallery from a previous Ball, 'Seven Deadly Sins'.
The hub of undergraduate life at St Hilda’s is the Junior Common Room, which has a bar, lounge area, buttery, television and a wide range of newspapers and periodicals.
The Arts at St Hilda’s
Dance, poetry, drama, photography, fashion design, sculpture, creative writing, or music - whatever your artistic passion, there's a way for you to develop, share and enjoy it at St Hilda's. With concerts and recitals, art, sculpture and photography exhibitions, dance and choral workshops, readings, drama productions and an Arts Festival all held within College, St Hilda's students enjoy one of the most exciting college-based cultural environments in Oxford.
A message from the Director of College Music, Dr Jonathan Williams
St Hilda's commitment to music is particularly strong and its facilities are world class. With the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building - with its Steinway D concert grand piano,recording studio and well-equipped practice rooms - and with music staff working to promote music-making within college, you can be sure that whatever your musical tastes, background and aspirations, you will have every opportunity to enjoy music here. Take a look at 'Anima: Music and Animation at St Hilda's', an exciting, unique, collaborative project bringing together some of the UK's most dynamic contemporary composers and filmmakers.
With a wider range of events at St Hilda's than ever before, it really is a wonderful time to get involved with Music at St Hilda's. If you play an instrument or sing then you can join our fine orchestra or choir and take part in the termly concerts at the JdP and at the University Church. You could participate in masterclasses with visiting artists, form your own chamber ensemble or just make the most of our wonderful practice facilities. And of course, we have a world-class venue where you can attend free recitals every Thursday lunchtime during term and where you can hear professional concerts for as little as £5. Whatever your interest, be sure to contact me to get involved!
Thursday lunchtime concerts
St Hilda's College is unique in offering free weekly concerts performed by members of College, students from across the University and professional musicians. These events are held at the JdP on Thursday lunchtimes during term, starting at 1.15pm and finishing by 1.50pm. They are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy music in a friendly atmosphere and to take a break from work for a while. Admission is FREE and tea and coffee are served afterwards.
The Choir of St Hilda's College, Oxford
The Choir of St Hilda's College is enjoying great success. Recent years have seen the choir play an increasingly active role in College, performing at such events as the Founder's Day service and Carols on the Stairs and at the termly college concerts. The choir represented College further afield too, singing at choral evensongs in the University Church and at Oriel College. Recent highlights are our performances of Faurè's Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Vivaldi's Gloria. The Choir Manager is Emma Hall. Email Emma for further information.
Rehearsals: in the JdP or College chapel on Fridays from 5.15pm until 6.45pm.
The choir's next events are:
Week 6 (Wednesday 15 November) - Founder's Day
Week 7 (Wednesday 22 November) - Handel's Messiah and Christmas carols at the University Church
Week 8 (Wednesday 29 November) - Carols on the Stairs
With students and staff from over 90 different countries currently working at St Hilda's, there is a wonderfully cosmopolitan community here at College. This multiculturalism is being increasingly reflected in the cultural events held in the JdP. The Oxford Gamelan Society has performed here, and over 100 people came to a concert of Arab and Turkish Classical Music given by Dr Martin Stokes, Mahmoud Natout and Gökhan Yücel.
We are very keen to broaden the range of music heard on the stage of the JdP, so if you would like to perform some music of your own country we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact our Musical Director to discuss your ideas.
The Orchestra and other ensembles
Aside from the orchestra which performs once a term after a period of focussed rehearsal, it is possible to play in smaller scale chamber groups, whether piano trio, wind quintet, band, string quartet. A jazz band has recently been formed so be sure to get involved...!
The Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (JdP)
The Jacqueline du Pré Music Building (JdP) is a purpose-built world class concert venue completed in 1995 in memory of the outstanding cellist and honorary fellow of St Hilda's, Jacqueline du Pré. With as many as 50 events taking place at the JdP every term, there's always something to enjoy. A list of all the events is available on the JdP website and in the termly What's On leaflet.
At the JdP is the Edward Boyle Auditorium - which houses our superb Steinway model D grand piano - a recording studio, and five practice rooms which contain a Steinway model B grand piano, four new Yamaha upright pianos (including one 'silent' instrument) and a harpsichord. These rooms are available to all St Hilda's students, seven day s a week, from 7am to 11pm (subject to recordings and concerts). Practice rooms can be booked on the JdP room booking page on the College intranet and the Auditorium by contacting Joel Baldwin, the JdP Manager.
The JdP Team
Joel Baldwin, JdP Manager
Dr Jonathan Williams, Director of College Music
Professor Martyn Harry, Artisic Director, JdP
Many St Hilda's students also participate in the religious life of the College and the University. Almost all faith groups are represented by University student societies.
The Chaplain is The Revd Canon Brian Mountford MBE. The College also appoints an undergraduate Chapel Assistant. The Assistant’s job is to publicise events and get to know those students who are interested in chapel activities. On Founder’s Day, Wednesday of week 6 in Michaelmas Term, a College Service is held in the Jacqueline du Pre Music Room and at Christmas many people join in Carols on the Stairs on Wednesday of week 8. There is also a Christmas Concert at the University Church on Wednesday of week 7. Once a term St Hilda’s joins with Oriel College Chapel for a service and meal together.
The Hindu Mandal in Oxford is very near College, as is the Central Oxford Mosque. There is a University Jewish Chaplaincy, and an Oxford Synagogue. For these and other places of worship, please see the University's Equality and Diversity webpages.
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