Consisting of around 20 singers, the Adult Choir is at the very heart of Christ Church’s musical life and liturgy. They sing Eucharist and Choral Evensong on Sundays as well as for special services including Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The high musical standards and ethos of the choir would suit singers who have previously sung in a chamber choir, university chapel, cathedral or another large parish choir, as well as those looking to take on a new musical challenge.
Christ Church is also the ideal training ground for those considering university and cathedral choral scholarships, offering a very similar music pace to these types of choirs. Fundamentally though, the choir is open to those who are committed to singing and being a member of a strong musical team. The Choir is part of a wonderful, supportive parish community, making it a highly rewarding experience for members.
Concerts and Tours
In addition to the delivery of high-quality liturgy, the choir perform at least two concerts a year, often with orchestra.
The choir regularly goes on tour. In July 2022, the choir led a live TV broadcast of Sung Mass from St Nicholas Basilica, Amsterdam, with the Dutch broadcaster NRO NCRV. The choir’s trip to Venice in February 2019 saw it sing in a number of the major city churches as well as the Sunday Midday Mass at St Mark’s Basilica.
Other recent away trips have included singing services at St George’s Chapel Windsor, Westminster Abbey, and St David’s, Bristol, Gloucester, Southwark, St Paul’s and Winchester Cathedrals.
The choir’s dedication to the music it sings is matched by its friendliness and camaraderie across its wide age-range, making it a happy and supportive place to sing. There is a church bar where choir members go to relax after singing, and parties and social events take place regularly throughout the year arranged.
Interested in joining?
We are always interested to hear from potential new singers and welcome enquiries from any voice parts, but are especially looking to recruit sopranos. In addition we also operate a “deputies lists” for singers who may not be able to commit regularly but would like to be part of our extended family of musicians.
If you would like to find out more please contact the Director of Music, Richard Brain (email@example.com). Auditions take place throughout the year.