The Mixed Choir
Some reviews of the Mixed Choir directed by Stephen Farr:
“Delectably sensitive performances… the sound is immaculate” BBC Music Magazine
“Captivating charm, considerable beauty of sound and unfussy clarity of detail” Gramophone Magazine
“Performances that radiate a heartfelt glow… sung with the utmost expressiveness and skill… a pure delight”
The Daily Telegraph
The mixed choir is made up of undergraduate and graduate members of the University, and sings twice per week in the College Chapel.
In addition to its commitments in the chapel each week during the university term, the mixed choir enjoys undertaking regular concert performances both in Oxford and elsewhere. Recent highlights have included performances at St. Martin in the Fields, St. Johns’ Smith Square, and at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy. In recent years, the choir has broadcast on live radio on the BBC Daily service and on Sunday Worship.
The mixed choir enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire, including pieces which are not regularly performed. In recent years it has been known for its dedication to contemporary music, and to its performances and recordings of music by living composers. In 2015 the choir launched a carol composition competition to encourage works from young composers.
The mixed choir has a number of CD recordings to its name, including discs of Christmas contemporary Carols, a CD of music by composers associated with the College including a new commission, with a future recording of early Twentieth Century British music planned.
Worcester College Choir is proud of its place amongst Oxford’s choirs as a place of learning, committed and professional music making, and friendship.
Places in the mixed choir are by audition and anyone interested in joining is encouraged to contact the director of chapel music, Thomas Allery ([email protected]) at any time of year. The choir is made up of around 20 members, and places in the choir at any time are dependent on the availability within each voice part. More information can be found on the Joining the Choirs page.