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We're celebrating! The City of Oxford Choir was founded in 1977 to host a visiting choir from Leiden, one of Oxford’s twinned towns. The current choir – with half of its members not yet born born in 1977 – has developed strengths in contemporary composition and in English song, and has also explored non-classical singing. For our 40th anniversary concert in The Queen’s College Chapel, we will present a number of works particularly associated with the choir and with its three principal conductors to date: Carolyn Brock, Peter Leech and Duncan Aspden.
In our Spring concert, we are delighted to announce that we will be joined by our friends in the Voci Chamber Choir of Windsor for an evening of British partsong. Tender and delicate, rousing and symphonic, this concert will include some of the finest English language choral music.
This year, as the short days grow ever busier and the news of the world ever darker, it seems particularly important to honour and celebrate goodness and light. Join us as we follow the Star of Wonder towards the peace, joy and hope of the Christmas season.
This October in a beautiful Oxford chapel - based upon the exquisite Paris jewel box church of Sainte-Chappelle - we sang a selection of the best of French church music, centred around works by Duruflé, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc and Fauré.
A quartet of superb romantic composers - Brahms, Elgar, Fauré and Rossini - dominated this concert, connecting poetic allusions of love and nature.
From Rutter’s settings of traditional folk songs to Shearing’s settings of Shakespeare with a jazz twist, the repertoire of English song offered a rich and varied musical delight.
The programme included:
Sir David Wilcocks, legendary conductor, administrator and editor, inspired a generation of musicians. His death in September, aged 95, probably marked the passing of the last person to have been conducted by Elgar.
Wilcocks was dynamic in many fields, but his contribution to Christmas carols was immense, partly through the much copied King's College Cambridge sound where his broadcasts between 1957 and 1974 influenced millions, and partly through the ubiquitous collections: Carols for Choirs, used every year by singers everywhere.