Music, Art and Social

Many members of the Green Templeton College community play instruments, sing, dance and enjoy extracurricular activities.

As well as being ideal for relaxation from the pressures of academic study and research, music, art and social activities add a valuable dimension to the academic, cultural and social life of our community.


Maki Sekiya, the GTC Musician-In-Residence for 2018-19

In 2017, the college appointed Maki Sekiya as its first Musician-in-Residence. A Japanese-born pianist living in Oxford, she studied at the Purcell Music School in London and at the Moscow Conservatoire.

A world-class virtuoso, she gave three recitals at Green Templeton College in 2017-18 to great acclaim and her appointment has been extended for a further year during which she will again give three recitals.


Weimin He Self Portrait (c) Weimin He

Green Templeton’s Artist-in-Residence Weimin He (DPhil/RE) was born in Heilongjiang, Northeast China. He studied art from an early age and worked as a professional artist in Heilongjiang Museum of Art before coming to the UK in 1999. He was awarded a DPhil at the University of Ulster in 2005. In the same year he moved to Oxford, where he worked as Christensen Fellow of Chinese Painting at the Ashmolean Museum until 2008 and then worked for eight months as Artist-in-Residence at the Museum.

From 2009 to 2015 he worked as Artist-in-Residence at the Oxford University Estates Services. Weimin He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers, a member of the Chinese Artists’ Association and a Trustee of the Muban Educational Trust. He is also a life drawing tutor at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. His artworks have been widely exhibited or collected worldwide, including the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the China National Gallery.

Green Templeton College Big Band

Green Templeton College Big Band at the annual garden party, 29 June 2019

The Green Templeton College Big band was set up in the academic year 2018-2019 after an informal survey of students suggested there was enthusiasm for such an initiative. In particular, the University has many students who have achieved a high standard of musical playing ability and were looking for informal opportunities to keep up the fun of performing. The first rehearsal took place in January 2019 and current practice is for the band to meet three times a term on Sunday afternoon rehearsing in the Radcliffe Observatory Common Room. The band is a popular choice among students and staff for college events, with recent bookings including the annual garden party, college ball and graduations. The band to date comprises: piano, bass, drums, alto saxs, tenor saxs, baritone sax, trumpets, trombones, and male and female singers, either solo or close harmony.

Anyone who plays a Big Band instrument, e.g. saxophones and brass, are very welcome to join and if necessary we double up on front line instruments. We do not audition, but you will feel more comfortable if you are a reasonable sight reader although music will be sent to you if you wish to practise beforehand. We have an established pianist and drummer and are not looking to replace these players. Instruments in particular that would be especially welcome this year are bass guitar (no jazz experience necessary) or double bass. There is a student initiative to form smaller musical groups from within the Big Band. For further information please contact

Green Templeton Choir

The college does not have a chapel but it does have a choir which welcomes all-comers, whether experienced singers or novices. The choir performs at Green Templeton events and its repertoire covers a wide range of music including classical, jazz and popular. If you are interested, please email

The Oxford African Choir

This choir was initiated in November 2017 to share African inspirational and gospel music from across the continent with the wider Oxford community. Based in Green Templeton, the choir is closely associated with The Oxford Africa Society.

Open to all, both Africans and friends of Africa, it meets at Green Templeton weekly during term time and has performed at several college and University events including Green Templeton’s 10th anniversary garden party. For more information, please contact Qhayiya Magaqa or Kojo Botsio.

GTC Performs!

These events are held once a term for performers of any standard and any type of music to perform short items in the relaxed environment of a Green Templeton audience. If you play an instrument, sing, dance or recite, whatever your standard and whether solo or with others, please do come to GTC Performs! and perform for friends and colleagues.

Music practice room

A small music practice room is available in the Rotunda for use by all members of the college. It has an upright Yamaha piano, a Yamaha portable electronic keyboard, percussion equipment and music stands. The Rotunda can be booked in person at the Lodge. If it is not being used and is not booked, it may be used without booking. If you’d like to borrow an item from the Rotunda, please book the room out for the appropriate length of time, and list the items borrowed, so others know what facilities will not be available. If you’d like to borrow items from the Rotunda, please inform the GCR’s Continuity Officer, Aman Gupta. Items cannot be borrowed overnight.

Piano in the Observatory Common Room

The Yamaha grand piano in the Common Room is available to members of Green Templeton College. When not in use, this high-quality instrument is locked and covered. Using the piano for practice is restricted to times when the Common Room is not very busy. If you would like your name to be added to the list of those authorised to use this piano, simply email your request to  Once approved, you will able to pick up the keys for the piano from the Lodge.

Book Club

The Green Templeton College Book Club meets twice a term to discuss modern novels that are available in paperback. Meetings are open to all members of the college and their guests. Books for discussion are agreed by members of the club. Any member may propose a book to be read, on the basis that either they, or someone they know, are willing to introduce it. There are no formal membership arrangements. If you are interested, please just come along. You will find a very warm welcome, sherry or orange juice and a lively discussion. Several members dine in college after meetings.

Meetings are held on Thursdays at 18.00 in the Fellows’ Room off the Common Room in the Radcliffe Observatory. Details of dates and books are listed in the college events section of this website and the weekly email newsletter. If you contact Paul Brankin, you will be sent regular details and reminders of all meetings. For further information please contact either Paul Brankin, Berne Ferry, Mary McMenamin, or Roland Rosner.


Green Templeton Wine Society

This well-established Green Templeton College wine appreciation society has no membership list as such, so is open to all members of the college and their guests.
Tutored tastings take place once a term at 7.30pm on a Monday or a Friday in the dining room and are bookable in the Porters’ Lodge.
Gerald Sacks organises them and arranges speakers to come give a presentation of wines from a specific wine-producing area.
There is a fee to cover the cost of the wines and this is £10 for students and student guests. For seniors it is £20 and this is payable on the night, after the tasting. The tastings are not commercial and although there is often the opportunity to buy wines, there is no expectation on anyone to purchase.
Members of college who have a special interest in wine and are willing to present a tasting are very welcome and should contact Gerald at or


Other activities at college include:

  • Green Templeton University Challenge Team
  • Medical Anthropology Discussion Group
  • Richard Doll Society (Green Templeton’s medical society)
  • Yoga
  • Zumba