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ABOUT US

“The Oxford Gargoyles—jazz a cappella about as good as it gets.” Philip Lawson, King’s Singer, Grammy-winning arranger and composer

The Oxford Gargoyles are Oxford University's jazz vocal group, made up of ten to fourteen students in Oxford. With a rich eighteen-year history, and over one hundred alumni, the group welcomes new talent each year, holding auditions each fall. The Gargoyles perform regularly in the UK, tour internationally, and put on a permanent two-week show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. To learn more about the group, have a listen to some of our recordings, watch our videos, read our testimonials, or flip through our photo gallery. If you like what you hear, you may like to purchase one of our albums or book us for your next event.

If you have any inquiries, feel free to contact us. 

Current Members

Sopranos

Altos

Tenors

Basses

  Photos by Alex Van Leeuwan

Auditions

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Every autumn at the start of Oxford's Michaelmas Term, the Oxford Gargoyles recruit new members to join the group. If you love to sing, and want to experience something unique at university, whilst making incredible friends and travelling the world, keep a lookout on this page and our Facebook page for updates about our autumn auditions.

Before you come, please prepare a short solo piece from any genre. We will also lead you through a few short vocal warmups and exercises.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing you sing!

History 

The Oxford Gargoyles, Oxford’s only jazz vocal ensemble, were founded by Divya Seshamani and Hannah Harper in early 1998, the lovechild of a passion for jazz and an excuse to cover up the potentially antisocial habit of breaking into song at the smallest encouragement! The group quickly gathered momentum: their first all-you-can-drink concerts at St John’s Auditorium were soon followed by recording dates, busking sessions, arts festival appearances and performances at college balls. It wasn't long before The Gargoyles had achieved a reputation for their exciting, innovative and, of course, black-tied performing style. Click here for a full history of the Gargoyles from their founding up to the present.

 

A full list of the group's alumni can be found here.