Oxford's newest and most enterprising performance space. SJE, is part of St Stephen's House, theological college and Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford. The venue plays host to some fine international performers as well as local concerts including Jazz great Gywilym Simcock, rock legend Brian May, multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wolf and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson.
The CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST by Bodley was built between 1894-6; the tower was completed in 1902. It was originally intended to extend far further west. It is listed Grade 1. Notable are the windows by Kempe, including the magnificent piece at the east end depicting the crucified Jesus in the midst of a vine of saints; and the Bodley reredos. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel – where the consecrated elements of the Eucharist are housed – was expanded from the original Song School by Ninian Comper in the 1930s. His ciborium over the altar reflects that in the House Chapel. Note should be taken of the lockable gates dividing the chapel from the north aisle, to provide a legally separate space from the church in a time when it was illegal to reserve the Sacrament of Holy Communion within a church. The rood screen is based on German prototypes, and the rood itself is from Bavaria.