Queen’s College Choir
Acting Director (2013-14): Jeremy Summerly
Paul Manley (grad. 2014)
Harry Meehan (grad. 2016)
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The Choir of The Queen’s College is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Its wide-ranging repertory includes a rich array of Renaissance and Baroque music and contemporary works. During the academic year it provides the music for regular services in the splendid Baroque Chapel of The Queen’s College. Its extensive concert schedule involves appearances in many parts of the UK and abroad, including work with various professional orchestras including the Brook Street Band and Oxford Philomusica, and it broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio. Tours in recent years have included the U.S.A., Sri Lanka, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, the Low Countries, and Germany. May 2013 saw the release of a critically acclaimed CD on the AVIE label of Dixit Dominus settings by Handel and Scarlatti with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. Christmas 2013 saw the release of a new CD on the Signum label of “Welcome All Wonders” a Christmas Cantata by David Bednall premiered by the choir in 2011. The choir appeared on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the Warner Brothers film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which was released in July 2009.
Three services and a lunchtime rehearsal each week.
Who can join the choir?
The choir is fully auditioned and these can be arranged throughout the year using the email address provided above. Members of any college can join the choir.
Dinner is provided free of charge after each service.
Eight choral scholarships are appointed each year following September trials for prospective students. These are worth £300 per annum as well as an additional £500 for singing lessons. Members of other colleges can be choral exhibitioners.
Details of the Organ Scholarships:
Scholars are appointed in two out of every three years. The scholarships are worth £300 plus organ lessons and a room in college throughout term time. In addition to playing the organ, scholars train the choir and assist with the organ recital series. The organ scholar must be a student at Queen’s.