Events this term

Hilary Term 2018 will feature our second annual Epiphany Festival, of course, but there will also be a special event with composer Howard Goodall, Evensong for Worcester alumni in London, a week of exploration of the religious life, and the beginning of our observance of Lent.

Epiphany Festival 2019

At the end of first week, the Chapel hosts its second annual Epiphany Festival. Details are below: leaflets with full details are available in pigeonholes and in the Chapel. Tickets may be purchased from

Carol Service, Thurs 17 Jan, 6 pm: The Choir will sing a Service of Carols to celebrate the season of Epiphany. Drinks and refreshments in the Cloisters after the service. Free.

Harpsichord Masterclass, Thurs 17 Jan, 2 pm: With Julian Perkins, in the Chapel. Free.

Lunchtime Recital with Ensemble Hesperi, Fri 18 Jan, 1 pm: in the Atrium of the Ashmolean Museum. Free.

Come and Sing Choruses from Handel’s Messiah, Fri 18 Jan, 3 pm: in the Chapel. £15.

‘Gibbons and Gin’, Early Music and Gin Tasting, Fri 18 Jan, 8 pm: in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre. £10 (£5 current Worcester students).

Handel’s Messiah, with the Choir, Soloists, & Period Instrument ensemble 1714, Saturday 19 Jan, 7 pm: in the Chapel. £10 (£5 current Worcester students). Free pre-concert talk by the Chaplain at 5.30 in Lecture Room B.

Garden and Chapel Tour, Sunday 20 Jan, 4 pm: meet in the Cloister. £5.

Festival Evensong, Sunday 20 Jan, 5.45 pm: in the Chapel. Free.


Pelicans, Shepherds, & Palaces: a Psalms Event with composer Howard Goodall

The Oxford Psalms Network and Professor Gillingham host a performance by the Choir and guests, featuring the music of composer Howard Goodall, at 8 pm on Thursday of 3rd week (31 January).  Free tickets are available at

Evensong for Worcester Alumni in the City of London

St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside, London, will be the venue for a special service of Solemn Evensong on the vigil of Candlemas (Friday of 3rd week, 1 February, at 6 pm). All are welcome; Old Members, particularly those living or working in London, are warmly invited to attend. The Choir will sing; a drinks reception will follow the service.

Candlemas: the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

We celebrate the feast of Candlemas on Sunday 3 February (4th week) at College Evensong. It is on this day that we recall the moment when Jesus is recognised in his infancy as ‘a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of his people Israel.’

Roman Catholic Mass

The termly Roman Catholic Mass will be celebrated on Monday of 4th week at 6.15 pm.

Life Together # Oxford

Oxford college chaplaincies are hosting members of religious communities (monks and nuns) throughout 5th week. There will be Midday Prayer in Worcester Chapel on Tuesday (12 February) at 12 noon, followed by a talk on Worship with Sr Judith SLG, and Compline on Wednesday at 9 pm. More details can be found at

Ash Wednesday: Choral Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

The beginning of Lent will be marked by the celebration of the Eucharist at 6 pm on Ash Wednesday (Wednesday of 8th) during which ash will be imposed on the heads of the faithful. Please come and attend this important service.

Special Service: The Way of the Cross

On Thursday of 8th week there will be a special service of music and readings to help us walk the way of Christ’s Passion and to form us, that we may follow Christ more closely in our Lenten discipline. Please come to this very special service which will begin at 6 pm.