Jesus College Chapel Choir
Jesus Choir is one of the friendliest choirs in Oxford. With relatively low commitment and no auditions, the choir is made up of singers of a wide range of abilities. Despite this, a high standard of choral singing is maintained and the choir strikes the perfect balance between fun and high-quality music-making. The choir sings a weekly service of choral evensong and occasional additional services – highlights include the candlelit carol service and the St. David’s Day evensong, which is entirely in Welsh (paying homage to the college’s Welsh connections). The choir tours annually – recent tours have included Lisbon (2011) and Cologne (2013), when the choir sang evensong at Cologne Cathedral. For more details see the college website or contact the senior organ scholar.
One service of choral evensong at 5:45 on Sundays with rehearsals 4:30-6:00 on Thursdays and 4:00-5:15 on Sundays. There are also occasional extra services.
Who can join the choir?
The choir is entirely non-auditioning and open to members of any college or, in some cases, from outside the university.
All choir members receive free sherry and formal hall after each service and up to three singing lessons a term, currently with David Crown. There is a weekly choir tea before the service and regular choir socials. The choir also receive the college Christmas dinner, Benefactor’s dinner and St. David’s day dinner, some of the best of the year, free of charge.
Details of the Organ Scholarships:
Jesus appoints organ scholars in two years out of three. Most study music but applications are also accepted for Law, Modern Languages, Engineering, and History. The organ scholars are responsible, with the support of the chaplain, for the running of the choir – selecting the music, conducting and accompanying in services and organising tours or concerts. The scholarship is worth £490 per annum, and in addition organ scholars receive regular organ and conducting lessons, free formal hall on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and a guarantee of one of the best sets in college for the duration of their degree. They are provided with an electric piano in their room and have priority for use of the college’s excellent 1993 William Drake Organ. For more details see the relevant pages on the college website or contact the senior organ scholar.