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The Oxford Gargoyles

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About The Oxford Gargoyles

Oxford's finest student jazz a cappella ensemble will bring friendly charm, as well as dazzling musical sophistication to your event!
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The Oxford Gargoyles have been scatting and schmultzing since 1998, making the group of Oxford University students 25 years old this year! They're notorious around Oxford for their nifty quarter-zip fleeces, inventive scat syllables, singing 'My Baby Just Cares for Me' at almost every gig they’ve ever done, and performing in black tie. The group are primarily a jazz ensemble, so are no stranger to a 'dm tsm' bassline, or a big juicy harmony, as well as involving lots of improvisation in their performances. Unlike the grotesque statues dotted around the city, they’re actually quite a light-hearted bunch, and aren’t adverse to a bit of movement either, helped by the infectious grooves of their in-house arrangements. Highlights of the gargs’ average academic year include an opening gig at a 13th century pub, a christmas & cocktails concert, recording albums and videos, performing at black tie events and balls, and the annual Edinburgh Fringe, which they were delighted to return to for the fifteenth time last summer. This year they will be also be competing in the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella! By hiring the gargoyles to light up your event with their vibrant music and personalities, you will be helping the group massively to achieve these goals, and actively contributing to the development of these exceptionally talented and exciting young musicians! Because of the classical training backgrounds of many of our singers, we are also able to offer an 8-person Gargoyles Consort service, for any sacred/secular choral engagements you may have.

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The Oxford Gargoyles' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Steven C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

What a great pleasure to work with all the ladies and gentlemen. Thank you ever so much for your great work on my song

Reply from The Oxford Gargoyles
1 year ago

Thank you Steven for a very welcoming environment - we all had a lovely time working for you!

From other customers:

Cath D
2 years ago

Very funny and entertaining, well sung and energetic. One baritone missing because of ill health, the other 12 coped very well. (9th August on tickets.edfringe.com)

2 years ago

A hugely enjoyable hour of entertainment from exceptionally accomplished singers. I didn’t know what to expect but was absolutely blown away--highly recommended. (8th August on tickets.edfringe.com)

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The Oxford Gargoyles' Song list

My Baby Just Cares For Me (Nina Simone)
Animal Spirits (Vulfpeck)
Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)
Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson)
Harry's Cat (The Oxford Gargoyles)
Gold (Spandau Ballet)
Caravan (Duke Ellington/Whiplash)
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Barbara Streisand/The Peddlers)
I Fall In Love Too Easily (Chet Baker)
Not Like This (Al Jarreau)
You And I (Stevie Wonder/Jacob Collier)
She's Leaving Home (The Beatles)
Chilli Con Carne (The Real Group)
I Could Have Danced All Night/Let's Face The Music medley (My Fair Lady/Nat King Cole)
REQUESTS - dependent on your event's date and budget, we may be able to learn and perform up to 2 jazz standards or songs from the below recent repertoire list of your choice. Please enquire through [email protected]
Sway (Michael Bublé)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter/Jamie Cullum)
There Will Never Be Another You (Chet Baker)
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Duke Ellington)
Billie Bossa Nova (Billie Eilish)
Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
Same Boat (Lizzy McAlpine)
Someday My Prince Will Come (Snow White)
One Note Samba (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
Christmas in L.A. (Vulfpeck)

The Oxford Gargoyles' Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£1000
Up to 2 hours£1800
Up to 3 hours£2500
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

The group size will depend on availability for your event, but we can guarantee an ensemble of between 7-13 singers once booked!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Because of the time it takes to perfect our music as an ensemble, we are only able to offer a maximum of 2 additions/substitutions to our set list for the year. However, please do get in touch with any requests, and we will let you know if we can learn an arrangement of it specially for your event!
Jazz, Jazz fusion, Blues, Modern jazz, Cabaret, Swing, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Pop, Covers, Samba, Bossa nova, Christmas, Musical theatre, Contemporary classical, Classical, Classical crossover, Early music
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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