Oxford University Music Society

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Oxford University Music Society

Pembroke Choir

Pembroke Choir


Organ Scholars:
Tomos Watkins (grad. 2014)
Dorothy Tang (grad. 2016)

Email: Enquiries should be emailed to the Senior Organ Scholar. You can contact the Senior Organ Scholar here.

Founded some fifty years ago by enterprising undergraduates, Pembroke Choir now occupy an important place in the musical life of the College. Under the direction of the College Organ Scholars, the choir sing music from all corners of the choral tradition – recent repertoire has included not only Tallis, Byrd and Stanford, but also Walton, Gorecki and Rachmaninoff. The choir also tour to exciting destinations – recently Krakow, Paris, Tallinn and Milan. They have also recorded a CD, Locus Iste.

The choir sings one Evensong on Sunday every week during Full Term (17:30; rehearsal 15:30) and has one rehearsal on Thursdays each week (17:00-19:00)

Who can join the choir?
The choir is auditioned and welcomes applications from all quarters, both within and outside the University.

Additional Benefits
The choir aims to hold at least two workshops a year with leading choral conductors or vocal coaches, which are generally free of charge to members. There is also free formal dinner following Evensong every week in Full Term.

Choral Scholarships
Choral bursars receive £100 a term, and the title is awarded at the discretion of the Senior Organ Scholar.

Details of the Organ Scholarships:
Organ Scholarships are awarded two years out of every three. These scholarships are worth £300 plus 8 organ lessons a term plus an accommodation discount. Scholars will also ordinarily get first refusal on playing for external events in College Chapel (provided third parties don’t bring their own organist) – e.g. weddings, funerals, gaudies etc.