Opening Oxford 1871 Concert

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Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.


Wednesday 4th May
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
Please note that tickets have sold out but do keep checking the booking link below as returned tickets may become available right up to the start of the concert.
Timings: 7.30pm-9.15pm with a 15 minute interval (doors open at 7.00pm)

Tickets: Tickets are free of charge, but booking is essential. Register here

Seating is non-allocated. Please contact if you have any access requirements.


This event is part of the Opening Oxford project, supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme.

Oxford today resounds with many different voices. Walking on a Sunday evening, visitors can hear the singing of Anglican choral music as it mingles with other, more recent arrivals: songs in Sanskrit, Arabic, Hebrew, and a myriad of other sacred tongues. The talk on the streets is even more diverse, as scholars and tourists from across the globe debate what matters to them.

This vibrant, varied, international Oxford is a relatively new development. Until 1871, full membership of the University was confined to members of the Church of England. The Universities Tests Act finally removed these religious restrictions at Oxford. By opening up to people of diverse faiths – or no faith at all – the 1871 Act made it possible for Oxford to become the truly global and diverse place it is today.

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Act, this concert is a celebration of diversity and inclusion. Featuring performers from a variety of faith traditions, it will bring our communities together in song.


Confirmed Artists:

Gurmat Sangeet Academy

The Choir of New College


Robert Quinney


Younis Ghulam Nabi


Full programme available here.