Freddy Chelsom: Vocal recital 5 February raises £600

Freddy Chelsom, a St Giles’ chorister for the last 10 years, has been awarded a choral scholarship at Merton College Oxford.

The recital was on 5 February after the morning service and raised £600. There was a retiring collection for the St Giles Organ Fund.


  • J.S. Bach BWV 86 ‘Wahrlich, wahrlich ich sage euch’
  • J.S. Bach BWV 59 ’Die Welt mit allen Königreichen’
  • Francesco Durante ‘Danza, danza, fanciulla gentile’
  • Gabriel Fauré ‘Au bord de l’eau’
  • Franz Schubert ‘An die Musik’
  • César Franck ‘Panis Angelicus’
  • J.S. Bach BWV 232 ‘Et in Spiritum Sanctum’

St Giles’ young musicians recitals – 19/20 December

Concert on 19 December, 13:00

(Admission is free of charge – with retiring collection – at St Giles’ Church Oxford)

Alex Shen (Piano/Violin)

  • Programme
  • Brahms, Intermezzo in A, op 118
  • Wieniawski, Mazurka – Obertas op 19. No. 1
  • J.S. Bach, Sarabande from Partita no. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 –
  • Kabalevsky, Concerto in C 1st Mvt 1 op 48 –

Mia Xie (Flute/piano)

  • Programme
  • Faure, Sicilienne
  • Mouquet, La flûte de pan
  • Rutter, Ostinato
  • Edwin York Bowen, Flute sonata op 120 2nd mvt
  • Chopin, Mazurka in A minor op 17 no. 4-
  • Khachaturian, Toccata op 11

Concert on December 20th, 13:00

Programme details to follow

15 October’s Organ Marathon to be launched by Oxfordshire’s High Sheriff

30 organ students at St. Giles’ along with distinguished guest organists will provide a showcase for their musical talent on 15 October at St. Giles’ Church.

An Organ Marathon, lasting around 7 hours and starting at 2:00pm, will be launched by Oxfordshire’s High Sheriff, Mr Mark Beard.

Afternoon free recitals

  • 14:05 James Andrews of New College
  • 14:35 St Giles’ Organ students followed by Katherine Pardee, Andrew Patterson, Mitchell

Evening Concert

The day’s music will conclude with a concert by two students of St Giles’ Music Academy at 7:30pm. They will present a varied programme of organ music.

Here’s a sample played by one of our students, Zihan Wang.


  • Benjamin Gronlie
  • Zihan Wang

Music by Frescobaldi, Mendelssohn, Bach

John Forster, ‘Orgelwerke’

‘Orgelwerke comprises a set of three preludes and fugues in a pastiche retro-Baroque style, with each being modelled on pieces by Heinrich Scheidemann, Dietrich Buxtehude, or J. S. Bach, and composed using new German organ tablature rather than modern staff notation. The project combines sampled pipe organs and recreations of the synthesiser patches devised by Wendy Carlos for Switched-On Bach in 1968, which are then distributed among 24 separate loudspeakers placed around the performance space. Orgelwerke is about exploring notions of (in)authenticity in relation to new organ works and electronic organ sound, and the result is something that’s intended to feel conspicuously faux-historical.

John is currently studying for a PhD in Composition at City, University of London. The title of his research is ‘What is a Pipe Organ Work?’, and he’s focussing on how the ways in which different people conceptualise the pipe organ can lead to different approaches to creating pipe organ works. John has had a lifelong interest in the pipe organ, and after starting lessons as a chorister, spent a couple of summers as a teenager working at Henry Willis & Sons Ltd. in Liverpool. While studying for a Music degree at the University of Oxford, John was organ scholar at Brasenose College and St. Giles’ Parish Church, subsequently taking a gap year during which he sang bass in Rochester Cathedral Choir. Following a digression studying for an MSc in Global Politics at Durham University, then working for an ESG research firm in London and musicking in his spare time, John realised he wasn’t that into offices after all and so decided to embark on a doctorate.’

Tickets £10.00 and £5.00. Children free of charge.

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