Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Kidlington

Music at St Mary's

Worship at St Mary's Kidlington is enhanced by a wide range of music, sung by its choir and accompanied on its fine organ.

To encourage the revival of choral singing, the Director of Music has established a series of "Come and Sing" events where singers, experienced and novice, come together and prepare a performance in a couple of hours rehearsal. The church is used by the local schools for their Christmas Carol Services.

St Mary's also plays host to a variety of concerts throughout the year. Our Coffee Concerts are a new series of occasional short recitals given at around 11.20am on Sunday mornings.

A new children's choir, St Mary's Choristers, is to be formed in September. Read about the taster afternoon on the 18th June below.

Spring and Summer Programme 2017

5th and 6th May 2017, 7.30pm

KAOS Spring Concert

Love and War: Music for Shakespeare

Vaughan Williams: In Windsor Forest; Verdi: Extracts from Macbeth; Walton: Shakespeare Suite for Richard III; and Bernstein: Selections from West Side Story.
See the the KAOS website for ticketing information

Sun 21st May 2017, 7.30pm

Munich English Choir

will be performing a one-hour concert of choral music at St Mary's, including works by Byrd, Tallis, Howells and Wesley. Free entry, with refreshments afterwards.

Sat 10th June 2017, 7.30pm

Musical Banquet

The early music trio featuring period instruments and countertenor voice are returning to St Mary's with a new programme.
£10/£8/£5 (adult/conc/child)
Full poster

Sun 18th June 2017, 3pm-4.30pm

Be a chorister for an afternoon!

A taster workshop for boys and girls in school years 3-7 (Sep 2017) to launch our new choir, St Mary's Choristers

1st & 2nd July 2017, 7.30pm

Flower Festival

Music throughout the weekend

7th and 8th July 2017, 7.30pm

Woodstock Music Society

Handel, Rutter, Haydn
Visit the Woodstock website for details.

16th July 2017, 3.00pm

Organ Celebration

A special concert and talk celebrating the 40 th anniversary of the rebuilding of our fine pipe organ.

Autumn & Winter Programme 2016

Sun 6th November 2016, 11.30am


Mike Bardsley, Harpsichord
Music by Valente, Storace, Muffat, Scarlatti, Purcell and Byrd

Sun 27th November 2016, 6.30pm

Advent Carol Service

Advent readings and hymns, interspersed with arias and choruses from Part I of Handel's Messiah, sung by St Mary's Choir with St Mary's Baroque Chamber Quartet.

Sun 11th December 2016, 11.30am


Heligon Pie Jazz Band

Sat 17th December 2016, 7.30pm

Kidlington Concert Brass

Sun 18th December 2016, 6.30pm

Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

21st & 22nd December 2016, 7.30pm

KAOS Christmas Concert

Sat 24th December 2016, 11.30pm

Service of Midnight Mass

Spring and Summer Programme 2016

Sun 1st May 2016, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

David Hewett (DOM St Mary's Kidlington) plays music for Passiontide and Easter by J S Bach, Alan Ridout, and Herbert Howells.

Sun 5th June 2016, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Katherine Southwood (flute) with Bruce Forman (piano/'cello)

Sun 3rd July 2016, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Joyce Morris and Huw Morgan (piano duet)

Sun 7th August 2016, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Brian Thomas (trumpet)

Sun 4th September 2016, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Julia Middleton (clarinet)

Autumn and Winter Programme 2015

Thu 24th September 2015, 7.30pm


The Adderbury Ensemble return to Kidlington.
Directed by Martyn Jackson
String Quintets by Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Brahms

Sun 27th September 2015, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Mairi Gibbs (violin) with David Hewett (organ)

Sat 10th October 2015, 7.30pm

Kidlington in Concert

An evening of musical entertainment from local performers
Details and Poster

Sun 18th October 2015, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Huw Morgan (Recorder)

Sun 29th November 2015, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Children of St Mary's

Sun 29th November 2015, 6.30pm

Advent Carol Service

Sat 12th December 2015, 7.30pm

Kidlington Concert Brass

Sun 20th December 2015, 7.30pm

Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

22nd & 23rd December 2015, 7.00pm

KAOS Christmas Concert

Spring & Summer Programme 2015

Fri 24th April 7.30pm and Sat 25th April 7.30pm

KAOS and the Oxford Brass Ensemble

KAOS and the Oxford Brass Ensemble present FANFARE!, a programme of festival music from the 16th and 20th centuries for choir, brass, organ and percussion. Conducted by Paul Ingram.

Sun 26th April 2015, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Jinseung Eu ('cello)

Sat 2nd May 2015, 7.30pm

Exeter College Chapel Choir

Following last year's excellent concert, Exeter College Choir return to St Mary's Kidlington with a programme entitled The English Renaissance. The concert will feature Michael Tippett's Five Negro Spirituals along with popular works by Parry and Stanford. This is one not to miss!

Sun 31st May 2015, 11.20am

Coffee Concert

Bruce Forman (piano) plays Faure, Messiaen and Tchaikowsky

Sun 7th June 2015, 3.00pm


David Hewett (DOM St Mary's Kidlington) plays music by Reger, Alain, Durufle, Dubois Vierne, and Bach. Retiring collection. Summer Sunday Teas available in the Refectory afterwards.

Wed 10th June 2015, 7.30pm


The Adderbury Ensemble return to Kidlington.
Beethoven Quartet Op 59 No 3
Schubert String Quintet
Directed by David LePage
Refreshments served in interval. Tickets on the door £ 15 (children free).
For more information phone 07711 606996

Sat 13th June 2015, 7.00pm


Oxford's Baroque and Tango Orchestra
St Mary's Kidlington
Tickets £10 (children free).

Sun 28th June 2015, 11.20am

Coffee Concert

Helen Head (voice)

Sat 11th July 2015, 7.00pm


This early music trio make their second visit to St Mary's Kidlington.
Tickets £10, £8 (concessions) £5 (children). Details and Poster

Sun 19th July 2015, 11.20am

Coffee Concert

Clare and Huw Morgan (voice and piano)
To feature Five Betjeman Songs (Dring), Dido's Lament (Purcell) and some songs from the shows

Sun 16th August 2015, 11.20am

Coffee Concert

Jonty Ward (organ)

Autumn and Winter 2014

  • Sun 21st Sep 2014: Come and Sing! to close the 2014 Flower Festival
  • Sat 11th Oct 2014: Musical Banquet Trio: concert in aid of Girlguiding in Kidlington
  • Sun 30th Nov 2014: St Mary's Choir: Advent Carol Service
  • Sun 21st Dec 2014: Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight
  • Mon 22nd Dec 2014: KAOS Christmas Charity Concert
  • Tue 23rd Dec 2014: KAOS Christmas Charity Concert