Welcome to OUS Gloucestershire. We are one of the largest OUS groups - with nearly 4,000 members. We typically organise at least one event a month. These are extremely varied, from the annual Boat Race party to musical events, lectures, visits and purely social opportunities.

Many events are initiated by members themselves, which we strongly encourage. Membership is not limited to those living in the county - if you have Gloucestershire connections but live elsewhere please feel free to join - and our events often take place in the neighbouring counties and in London.

If you'd like to join and receive information about forthcoming events, or if you have any suggestions for future events please email Group Secretary Sam Tolley. We'd love to hear from you. 

The committee:

The most recent Annual General Meeting took place at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham on 30th September 2023. All existing committee members have meanwhile served one year of their three-year term of office. Anyone else interested in joining the committee or helping in any other way is encouraged to make contact at any time. Please use the address: gloucestershire@ousoc.oxon.org.





Sam Tolley


St Hugh's


Julian Sternberg




Andrew Mitchell


St Catherine's


Frank Smith

Honorary President



Robert Dibley

Committee Member



Aidan Rose

Committee Member



Katharine Prynne Committee Member St Hugh's 1984
Katie Poole Committee Member Keble 2001



The following events of the society are planned during 2024.


Tuesday 2 April – An Antiques Evening

A preview of the forthcoming sale at Cotswold Auctions, Cirencester. Bring your own treasures for a valuation.


Wednesday 10 April – Severn Bore Viewing

Plus coffee and pastries afterwards.


Saturday 13 April - Standish Consort choral evening

Standish Consort welcomes you to an evening of reflective and uplifting music from the 17th and 18th centuries, in the glorious surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton. The programme features a range of choral works from both England and continental Europe, culminating in a pair of glorious anthems by Henry Purcell. Come and experience an evening of music and refreshment in the heart of the Cotswold countryside.

Standish Consort were formed in 2022 as part of the Oxford University Society Alumni network in Gloucestershire, and consist of Oxbridge alumni and other local musicians with a shared interest in less well known choral works. They are directed by its founder, Mark Wilson. We are accompanied by George Charman, current Organ Scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford University and previously of Tewkesbury Abbey.

Refreshments will be served at the interval.

Ticket price: £15 adults, £5 children (12-17 yrs), under 12 yrs free

Location: Holy Trinity Church, Bell Ln, Stroud GL6 9BP,

Book tickets and refreshments in advance.


Tuesday 11 June – The Life of Pi

Buy your own tickets for this performance at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham and optionally join a pre-show dinner (contact Aidan Rose). Not many tickets remain.


Tuesday 9 July – The Comedy of Errors

Buy your own tickets for this open-air production at The Manor, Notgrove and optionally bring a pre-show picnic (contact Aidan Rose).


Saturday 14 September – Annual General Meeting, Standish

Preceded by a free performance by the alumni choir in St Nicholas’ Church.


Saturday 14 December – Oxford and Cambridge Societies’ Dinner

At the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.


In addition, the alumni choir (Standish Consort) will perform on many other dates: April 28th (Evensong in Birmingham), July 7th (local performance of the repertoire from the tour to Germany), October 12th (in Painswick), November 2nd (Evensong in Gloucester), and December 7th. Updates to this programme will be in separate email newsletters sent to those who are subscribed.

For all events please book place(s) as explained in our email newsletters or use the Ticketsource service.

If you are not receiving e-communications from the group, but would still like to attend an event, please email the secretary so that we can verify your correct contact details. We don't want you to miss out! A number of further events are being considered for 2024 too, which will be added here when exact dates are known; this will at least include the events for Gloucestershire schools during September or October.

17 December 2023 – Nine Lessons and Carols
The Standish Consort participated in this service in All Saints Church, Cheltenham.

9 December 2023 – Oxford and Cambridge Societies’ Dinner
A well-attended and excellent dinner was enjoyed at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, including an eloquent speech by Arthur Snell (Magdalen, 1994).

2 December 2023 – Music from the Dresden Court
This sell-out concert in All Saints Church, Cheltenham, included compositions by Fux and Heinichen as well as the main piece “Missa Votiva” by Zelenka. The Standish Consort was accompanied by the Ensemble La Notte. A live recording is available on YouTube. 

30 September 2023 – Annual General Meeting and Tour of Everyman Theatre
The AGM was combined with lunch and a backstage tour of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. A draft of the minutes will be circulated to our mailing list.