Tea and music meeting a great success – significant funds were raised!

The session on October 2nd was a great success and funds were raised during the meeting. We heard how we need to raise money to buy a new organ, as the present one is no longer reliable and is beyond economic repair. Some of its faults were demonstrated dramatically by Nicholas Prozzillo.

Our new organ will make a significant contribution to the music at St Giles, allowing us to support our young musicians and offer a city-wide resource for concerts and aspiring musicians.

The ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ website is fully open for business!

We are asking you to sponsor an organ pipe which cost between £25 and £5000 each.  Pipes can be purchased in memory of a person or to commemorate special events, which will be recorded for posterity.
Can you help?

‘Jazz at St Giles’ supports Project 900

Our first ‘Jazz at St Giles’ concert took place on Saturday 18th September and a portion of the profits will be donated to Project 900.

As a supporter of the St Giles’ Project 900 campaign, we can offer you a discounted ticket for our concerts and we will email our mailing list with details in due course. (https://forms.gle/DRiLwxMHfMZZyqS96)

You will find all the events planned including our jazz concerts at https://sg900.org/activities/

St Giles’ PCC endorses Project 900 targets

A summary of PCC decisions relating to Project 900

At an extraordinary meeting of St Giles’ PCC on 1st September 2021, key decisions were taken to define the targets and strategy of Project 900.  Full minutes of the PCC meeting will be available as soon as they are approved by PCC.

Broadly, the following items were considered in the meeting:

  • Take account of current state of fundraising progress.
  • Provide costs and priorities for the fundraising objectives of the project; 
  • Define alternative scenarios if the fundraising falls short of the targets 
  • Finalise an end date for the P900 campaign.

Current progress / Targets

It was agreed that the goal for the new organ should be £550,000

A target of £95,000 was set for building work.

The total fundraising target was set at £645,000, of which around £357,000 has already been pledged/paid.

Scaled-back building proposal

The PCC voted for the second two options presented by Christian Randall of Conservation Architects, costs of which break down as follows:

  • New kitchen, toilet and associated works: c. £41,500.
  • Redecoration of church: c. £30,000.
  • Vault restoration: c. £15,000.
  • Total: c. £86,500.

With c. £42,000 already raised for building work, it is hoped that the vast majority of the other building costs will be raised via grants and applications to trusts. The Project 900 Steering Committee would be able to focus their fundraising efforts on the new organ (an approach that proved successful when raising money for the roof). 

The PCC-approved plans will be on display next Sunday morning 26th Sept.

Project 900 Bank Account

A new account has been opened, overseen by Nicholas Prozzillo as P900 Treasurer. Funds already donated will soon be transferred to this account.

Alternative scenarios in case of fundraising shortfall.

With c. £340,000 in the bank already, it should be eminently possible to fall back on the £420,000 ‘Plan C’ organ outlined in previous meetings. In the almost unthinkable event of this being beyond our capabilities, the sum in the bank could pay for an organ of lower quality. The organ fundraising target is to be reviewed after Easter 2022 in light of fundraising progress by that date.  

Time span and closure date for the P900 campaign. 

  • Project 900 campaign will be relaunched on Saturday 2nd October 2021;
  • The calendar year 2022 sees the most intense period of fundraising activities;
  • Public fundraising activities will end at APCM 2023.
  • Project 900 will remain open to receiving donations until March 2024.

Project management of building work. 

Christian Randall will be project manager, reporting to Buildings Committee (chair: Paul Rutterford); since much of the proposed building work has been specified in the last Quinquennial, Buildings Committee will be consulted at every stage in the process, as they are responsible for the fabric of our building. Daniel Walters and Nicholas Prozzillo will join Buildings Committee.

These exciting plans will transform the facilities available for worship, musical performance and education, and wider church activities. But we cannot hope to realise these aspirations without the active and financial support of the St Giles’ community and its friends elsewhere. We need you to join us in the intensive effort that is now underway to make this vision come If you think you can help in any way, please speak to one of us, or email sg900@st-giles-church.org

Joanne Russell, Paul Rutterford, churchwardens

Project 900 Website NOW LIVE!

The Project 900 team has put the finishing touches to a website which sets out the aims and intentions of Project 900 in raising funds for a new organ and enhanced development of music education and training at St Giles’ Oxford.

Funds will also be raised to provide additional facilities and to redecorate the building to heritage standards.

SG900 Mailing List now open

Project 900 is our exciting plan to raise funds which will allow us to develop the life of St Giles’ through the building of a new organ and enhancing the building.

Those interested in following the project and taking part in events, perhaps even assisting with spreading the word and helping to identify sponsors and donors, can now join a mailing list.

Autumn 2021 Jazz Concerts will raise funds for Project 900

The newly-formed ‘Jazz at St Giles’ Committee is setting up a series of concerts in the Autumn of 2021. A substantial portion of the profits will be allocated to Project 900.

Concerts will be:

You may like to join our Music at St Giles Mailing list to be kept in touch.

Project 900 Parish Discussion

In preparation for the relaunch of Project 900 later in the year, Jonathan Mitchell – who is supporting the project in the wider steering group – led a short update for the congregation and wider community of the church on 20th June 2021. He set out the progress being made in confirming the objectives and purpose of the project and its schedule of planned activities. Lots more information about what we are planning will now emerge over the coming months as plans are settled and arrangements are made, but meanwhile Jonathan has promised a more regular rhythm of updates to keep the community informed about the project and its progress. 

Jonathan also invited those present to Contact us in the Project 900 team if able to contribute in any way. Of course, we are especially keen to hear from those who may be able to contribute financially to our fundraising objectives, and Jonathan will shortly be reaching out to members of the community to discuss giving. But he emphasised that it is just as important for the St Giles’ community to support the project in any way they can: helping with the arrangements for fundraising events and assisting in the identification and engagement of prospective donors are just two ways in which individuals can make a huge difference. All friends of the church and supporters of our project are asked to Contact us in the Project 900 team if they think they can help. We look forward to hearing from you! 

St Giles Academy is now a charity

St Giles’ Music Academy, Oxford is now officially a registered charity with its own number 1194157.

The objectives in the constitution and accepted by the Charity Commissioners are:


St Giles’ Music Academy seeks to provide music education for young people, aged 6 to 18 who reside in Oxfordshire

 To achieve this the Academy will offer:

  • a range of music making activities, including singing, and instrument playing. 
  • organ, piano and singing tuition
  • music theory tuition for awards through recognised examination boards
  • activities that develop an individual’s skills, which will enable them to contribute to the music at St Giles’ Church and the local and wider community
  • outreach programmes and concerts

Project Team

The team is led by Veronica Warner, of VB Warner and Associates. It embraces the Vicar and Churchwardens, and members of the St Giles’ congregation with relevant talents, business experience and most importantly, enthusiasm.

The team meets regularly (online at present) to determine the way ahead. A number of sub-groups have been set up with their own targets.

Steering Group
  • Confirm vision, mission, strategic plan for whatever we decide is the subject of the fundraising endeavour
  • Build ‘trust application group’ to prepare and deliver applications for funds for building works.
  • Trust application group to prepare and deliver applications for funds for organ
Comms Team
  • Develop and deliver communications plan
  • Refresh/rebuild community buy-in via meaningful consultation and expand volunteer base
  • Creation of supportive materials to support fundraising endeavour
Grants Team
  • Build ‘trust application group’ to prepare and deliver applications for funds for building works
  • Trust application group to prepare and deliver applications for funds for organ
Events Team
  • Relaunch the project with a splash, high-profile comms, etc.

Gifts Team

  • Identify supporters and assist them with making approaches beyond St Giles’ community