The Chapel Choir at Univ is as central to the life of the College, as the Chapel itself is physically central to the fabric of the College. The choir consists of Choral Scholars (members of Univ), Choral Bursars (non-members of Univ) and volunteers. It is the only choir in Oxford to offer all its members free singing lessons. Members of the choir are also offered free formal hall on a Sunday evening. New members are welcome to join at any point in the academic year, and should contact the Director of Music to arrange an audition via email here
There is usually one sung service a week: Choral Evensong on Sundays at 5.45pm. The choir also sings for occasional special services. It has two short rehearsals during the week: on a Wednesday (5.15-6.15pm) and on a Friday evening (6.15-7.30pm). There is also a rehearsal on a Sunday afternoon (3.45-5.15pm), followed by tea and cake before the service at 5.45pm.
Members of the choir enjoy an active social life and there are opportunities to sing outside Oxford. The have been on tour to Prague (2016), Ireland (2015), Luxembourg (2013) and Venice (2011). In recent years they have also sung at Southwark and Birmingham Cathedrals, and at The Royal Naval Chapel in Greenwich.
The choir’s latest CD is due for release in November, 2016, featuring music for Advent. Plans are in hand for further recordings and we hope to produce a series of CDs over the next 5 years.
Details of development and the CD’s release will be highlighted on the Univ website under News and Events. For more pictures and a glimpse behind the scenes take a look at our Pinterest board here.