During term time, the Choir sings the weekly service of choral evensong on Sunday evenings, as well as additional services for major church and College events. In addition, the Choir pursues exciting concert and touring schedules, recently traveling to Malta and New York.
The Choir is run exclusively by the undergraduate organ scholars who audition, conduct, and accompany the singers. We are very fortunate to have acclaimed soprano Bronwen Mills as the singing teacher in residence, and lessons are offered with her on a weekly basis. Drawing its members from both the undergraduate and graduate student bodies, the Choir maintains an active social life and strong community spirit.
Joining the Choir
The current organ scholars are Matt Foster and Elinor Hanton, who are delighted to meet prospective singers at any time. The Choir provides a wonderful opportunity for singers to enjoy a high level of chapel music on a modest time commitment, as well as the benefits of yearly international tours, free singing lessons, and free Sunday Formal Hall meals. There are up to eight choral scholars and exhibitioners in the Choir at any time; applications are made at the start of the academic year and are open to current members of the Choir.
We have two organ scholars at any one time. They are at the heart of musical life in College and can shape the Choir through their choice of repertoire, as well as planning tours and recordings. The Hollingsworth (Senior) Organ Scholar is awarded an annual scholarship of £500, and the Junior Scholar is awarded an annual scholarship of £350. The College also pays for organ and conducting lessons for both scholars.
Organ scholars may read Music, English, Engineering, or Biochemistry. Prospective organ scholars are welcome to get in touch with the Chaplain or current organ scholars before making an application.
In my free time I sing in the College Chapel Choir, and play cello for various ensembles, including a piano trio, Oxford University Chamber Ensemble, and the Oxford University Orchestra.
- Second-year undergraduate, Music