Chapel & Choir

Chapel Interior

There has been a Chapel in the College since its foundation in 1314. The current Chapel, designed by George Gilbert Scott, was consecrated in 1859. For seven hundred years members of the College have met together to praise God, to pray for the College and World, and today this tradition continues, through daily worship, often enriched with beautiful choral music.

The Chapel is, of course, a place of worship, but it is also a deliberately inclusive space, belonging to the whole College. Members of Exeter, and the general public are welcomed through its doors. It is open all day for those seeking calm and quiet in the midst of the busyness of life in Oxford. It is the hope of the Chapel Community to contribute to the life of the College by being a place where ideas can be aired and exchanged, where faith and understanding can be explored.

During Full Term there are daily services and everyone is welcome to attend these. The principal service of the week is Choral Evensong on Sundays, where timeless liturgy and insightful sermons help to explore faith and develop spirituality.

The building is hard to miss when you come into the College. It is an example of Victorian Gothic revival at its best and most bold. The interior, with windows by Claydon & Bell, and tapestries by Morris and Burne –Jones reflect the majesty and aesthetic of the Oxford Movement. This beautiful space was cleaned and restored in 2007.

The tall ceiling, vaulting, and apse help create a wonderful acoustic, and the Chapel is in much demand for concerts. Music at services is provided by the highly regarded mixed-voice Chapel Choir, conducted by the undergraduate Organ Scholar, which makes tours in Britain and overseas. The Organ, built in 1994, is a unique example in Britain of the French Romantic style and is one of the finest instruments in Oxford. It can be heard at our regular Tuesday Lunchtime Recital Series.