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2013-14

The Boys’ Choir concluded their year by touring to Rome.  For further information, click here.

The Mixed Choir have been recording a follow-up release to the highly-successful This Christmas Night.  The sessions took place in early July 2014, under the direction of Stephen Farr.  The recording will be released by Resonus Classics in time for the festive season.

Both choirs took part in a BBC Radio 4 broadcast, recorded on 15th June 2014.  The recording will be broadcast on Sunday 7th September 2014 at 8.10am.  The choirs sang music by Malcolm Archer, Deborah Pritchard, Thomas Tallis, Hildegard of Bingen and David Halls.

The college’s Tercentenary Concert took place in St John’s Smith Square, London, on 2nd May 2014.  The Mixed Choir were joined by alumni chorus members and soloists to perform works by Haydn and Handel under the baton of Nicholas Cleobury (former organ scholar) with Charivari Agréable period orchestra.  In addition, the Mixed Choir performed music by Robert Saxton and Deborah Pritchard.  For further information about this concert, click here.

Recording sessions took place in April 2014 for a disc celebrating Worcester College’s composers.  Featuring music by Rubbra, Leighton, Sherlaw Johnson, Saxton, Hyde, Pritchard and more, the CD will be released in October 2014.

Members of the Mixed Choir travelled to Tewkesbury Abbey to sing Evensong in February 2014.  This was a former place of work for current Senior Organ Scholar, Nicholas Freestone, and now the place of work for former Senior Organ Scholar, Edward Turner, so it was a very fitting location to visit.  The repertoire included music by Sumsion, Walker and Dunstable.  A post-evensong meal was enjoyed in Theoc House before we returned to Oxford.

The Mixed Choir were joined by the Chapel Choir of Wycombe Abbey to sing Evensong in the Chapel.  Repertoire included Dove’s Seek Him that maketh the seven stars.

The Mixed Choir were once again invited to join the Buxton Choral Society in their Christmas concert in the Buxton Opera House.  In addition to singing in the chorus items, the choir performed several pieces on their own, including repertoire that celebrated the centenary of Benjamin Britten and commemorated the passing of Sir John Tavener.  The choir also sang for the Sunday morning Eucharist at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, in which we celebrated the life of the recently departed Nelson Mandela.

Both choirs performed at the annual Christmas events.  The Carol Service and Festival of Readings and Carols showcased a variety of repertoire to a packed chapel.

The Mixed Choir sang at Exeter College for their Decade Day celebrations.  It was a delight to sing in their fantastic building. Repertoire included Byrd’s Short Service and Tomkins’ I heard a voice.

The Boys’ Choir were joined by the Chapel Choir of Bedford School to sing Evensong in the Chapel. Repertoire included Guest’s For the Fallen, Stanford’s Evening Canticles in Bb and Ireland’s Greater Love.

The Mixed Choir undertook a concert tour to Germany, where they performed in Paderborn’s Festival Musica Sacra. Venues included Paderborn Cathedral, Schloss Neuhaus, Abdinghofkirche, Paderborn and Kloster Lüne, Lüneburg.  The programmes of English music, ranging from William Byrd to James MacMillan, were very well received and a great time was had by all.

2012-13

The year concluded with the choirs’ tour to Southwell Minster, where Evensong was sung daily.

The Mixed Choir travelled to Broughton Parish Church to sing Evensong and perform a concert of English repertoire.

The Combined Choirs performed an end-of-year concert encompassing repertoire from the whole year; an opportunity to say Farewell to departing members.

The Mixed Choir joined with the choirs of Merton and The Queen’s Colleges to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten in a special service at the University Church.  The sermon was given by Rev’d Stephen Shipley, head of BBC Religious Radio Broadcasting.

The Mixed Choir performed MacMillan’s Miserere alongside a programme of Lenten motets to conclude Hilary Term.

The Mixed Choir sang under the direction of James MacMillan in February 2013, as part of a week celebrating Christianity and the Arts. The choir, together with the choirs of Hertford, Lincoln and University Colleges, performed MacMillan’s Miserere and Palestrina’s Missa Brevis for the University Church’s Ash Wednesday Eucharist.

Both choirs participated in a BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship broadcast in February 2013. The Boys’ Choir opened the service with Pitoni’s Cantate Domino, whilst the Mixed Choir joined with trumpeter Rhydian Griffiths to perform Vaughan Williams’ O Clap Your Hands. Both choirs combined to sing Benjamin Britten’s setting of the Jubilate Deo. Further information from BBC website

The choristers performed Fauré Requiem and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs alongside Christ Church Cathedral choristers and a festival chorus made up of former choristers, parents and friends. This concert took place in Christ Church Cathedral in February 2013.

The Mixed Choir gave a very successful launch concert for their latest recording to a packed chapel in December 2012.  They also performed at Buxton Opera House as guests of the Buxton Choral Society.

The Boys’ Choir performed at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of Opportunity International‘s Inaugural Gala Dinner, which raised over £400,000 in November 2012.

The Mixed Choir’s concert tour to Béziers in September 2012 was very well received by local audiences and much enjoyed by members of the choir.

2011-12

The Boys’ Choir toured Brussels, performing in the Cathedral and Anglican Church in July 2012.

The Mixed Choir appeared on an episode of ITV’s Lewis in May 2012, performing Purcell’s Thou knowest, Lord in the college chapel.

Both choirs joined with the Blackbird Leys Choir in Wolvercote Parish Church to perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and other sacred anthems in April 2012.

The Boys’ Choir combined with the choirs of St Barnabas’ Church and St Barnabas’ School in an outreach project, culminating with a concert at St Barnabas’ Church in March 2012.

The Mixed Choir sung Evensong at Winchester Cathedral in January 2012.

The Boys’ Choir performed in the Sheldonian Theatre under the direction of András Schiff, alongside the Oxford Philomusica and Christ Church Cathedral choir in December 2011.

The Mixed Choir performed at Buxton Opera House as guests of Buxton Choral Society for their Christmas Concert.

2011

Concerts in Newcastle, Hexham and Oxfordshire.

2010

The mixed choir sang in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin from Sunday 18th to Wednesday 21st and in Manchester Cathedral from Sunday 29th to Tuesday 31st August.

The mixed choir sang the Daily Service on Radio 4 LW on Monday 30th, Tuesday 31st of August and September 1st and 2nd at 9.45 a.m.

On Sunday 11 December 2010 the mixed choir joined the Buxton Choral and Orchestral Society as special guests in Buxton Opera House for a Christmas Concert.

2009

London Concert at St. Paul’s Knightsbridge

On Saturday 5 December, the chapel choirs enjoyed great success in their end of term London concert, joining the girls choir and mixed student choirs of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge at St. Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge. The large and appreciative audience, including the Provost of Worcester and Master of St. Catharine’s, were treated to an opening fanfare, for trumpet and organ, written especially for the occasion by Prof. Robert Saxton, Fellow of Worcester College and an alumnus of St. Catharine’s (Worcester’s sister college).

The Worcester College Choirs began the choral items with Michael Head’s ‘Ther Little Road to Bethlehem’ and other highlights included James Macmillan’s sonorous ‘In Splendoribus’ for choir and trumpet. St. Catharine’s choirs took us back to the Tudor period with Tallis’s ‘O Nata Lux’ and Parsons’s wonderful ‘Ave Maria’, before performing another world premiere by a St. Catharine’s alumnus, Nigel Hess’s exuberant ‘Benedictus’ for piano and choir. The first half ended with some audience participation (singing!) in a carol by Judith Weir.

The second half comprised of Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ performed by both college chapel choirs and interspersed with organ interludes played by Worcester College Director of Chapel Music, Stephen Farr.

The Worcester choirs were also expertly directed by our tireless organ scholars, Thomas Allery and Kathleen McDermott and the St. Catharine’s choirs were under the baton of Dr. Edward Wickham, their Director of Music. All in all, the standards were wonderfully high and worthy of the illustrious London venue. Profits raised go to Great Ormond Street Hospital, and it is hoped that such an occassion, and collaboration, can happen again in the future. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it such a success.

Jonathan Arnold

On Sunday 13 December 2009 the mixed choir joined the Buxton Choral and Orchestral Society as special guests in Buxton Opera House for a Christmas Concert.

The Boys’ and Mixed Choirs sang Choral Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 14 December, 2009.

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