Exeter Chapel Choir
Some students choose Exeter College simply because of its choir. It is well known as one of the best mixed voice ensembles in the University, and is the only choir in Oxford or Cambridge under the sole direction of the Organ Scholar to sing three Evensongs a week. It maintains a busy schedule of concerts with orchestras such as the Oxford Philomusica in addition to the daily round of services in the stunningly beautiful neo-Gothic Chapel. Recent concert repertoire has included Bach, Duruflé and Mozart. The choir is also active in the recording studio, having released the critically acclaimed, world premiere recording of Stanford’s Mass in G on EM Records in 2014.
Three services and four rehearsals per week, in addition to special services and concerts.
Who can join the choir?
The choir is made up of 12 choral scholars and 12 choral bursars from any college, all of whom are auditioned. Vacancies arise frequently, particularly for altos, tenors and basses.
Any additional benefits?
Dinner is provided free of charge after each service, as well as an annual stipend of £200 for each choir member.
12 choral scholars are appointed each year in the September trials for prospective students. These are worth £200 per annum as well as additional funding for singing lessons (differentiating them from choral bursars).
Details of the organ scholarships:
Organ scholars are appointed every other year and are worth £320 per year plus organ and conducting lessons. Organ scholars are responsible for college music and all running of the choir.