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, social activities add a valuable dimension to the academic, cultural and social life of our community.

Please note that due to COVID-19 some of these societies are not currently meeting and others are meeting virtually rather than in person.

Green Templeton College Big Band

The Green Templeton College Big Band performing at the Garden Party 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 rehearsing and performing. The band meet three times a term on Sunday afternoon rehearsing in the Radcliffe Observatory Common Room at GTC. The band is a popular choice among students and staff for college events, with bookings including the annual garden party, college ball and graduation days.

The COVID-19 epidemic means that for the moment the Band has had to suspend rehearsals and performing. At the moment we do not know when playing can resume but we are working towards rehearsals and performances sometime in the next academic year, hopefully ready for garden parties, graduations days, playing in the Stables Bar at GTC by the summer of 2021. In the meantime band parts will be made available for new and established members to practice. With the core of the band intact we are hoping to quickly re-establish a high standard of playing once rehearsals can resume.

The band in 2019-2020 comprised: piano, bass, drums, guitar, 4 alto saxs, 4 tenor saxs, baritone sax, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, and vocals. A few front line players have left as we go into the 2020-2021 academic year. We have an established pianist, drummer, bass player, guitarist and male vocal and are not looking to replace these musicians. However, we would like to attract one or two more players in each category of alto, tenor saxophones, trumpets and trombones. New players will always be made to feel welcome. We do not audition, but you will feel more comfortable if you are a reasonable sight reader. Music will also be available before rehearsals for practise.

If you are interested please contact: Richard Canter and Jordan Gorenberg

Green Templeton Choir

The Green Templeton Community Choir was established for beginners who have never sung before as well as more experienced singers – there are no auditions. The choir would practice each week in term times, but is currently on hiatus due to coronavirus.

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 at college, 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 Acheampong Atta-Boateng.

GTC Performs!

These events are 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. The next GTC Performs! will take place virtually on Friday 12 February from 17:00 to 19:00. Please contact if you would like to perform.

Oxford Global Health and Care Systems Group

The Global Health and Care Systems Student Society is based at Green Templeton and facilitates interesting discussions around global health. Previous topics include talks about diffusion of innovation, healthcare in rural environments, health systems research, training of medical professionals and a global health book club! Sign up to become a member of the Global Health and Care Systems Student Society or email them at

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. Wine Society events are announced via the college bulletin, bookable at the Porters’ Lodge and payable on the night (students £10, seniors £20). Gerald Sacks organises them and arranges speakers to come give a presentation of wines from a specific wine-producing area. 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

Medical Anthropology Film and Discussion Group

The Green Templeton Medical Anthropology Film & Discussion Group explores the extent to which film can complement, enrich and further the study of medical anthropology themes, topics and methods. After watching selected clips, we discuss a film’s content and approach, and interrogate its capacity to support the analysis of issues relating to illness, crisis, health and wellbeing. A background in medical anthropology is not required and all students are very welcome to join the discussion group. Contact: Paola Esposito

Social Science Seminars and Discussion Group

The social sciences in Green Templeton are represented as a broad spectrum ranging through population and demography, public health, anthropology, human geography, criminology and more. The seminar series was started in 2018 to act as a meeting space and occasion for students from these disciplines, and as a prompt for interesting interdisciplinary discussions through which we can all grow as scholars. The group has a broad theme of Inequality and Environment. What the group does is still evolving. To date seminars have involved academics from the University, there is interest in a Discussion Group, and we have a small budget for other events based on an exchange of ideas. What would you like to see? If you want to get involved (it’s not a heavy workload by any means!) please contact Alex Midlen.