- Arcadian Singers
- City of Oxford Choir
- Headington Singers
- Oxford City Singers
- Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir
- Schola Cantorum
- The Cherwell Singers
- The Oxford Singers
- The Oxford Bach Choir
- Opus 48
The Arcadian Singers are a student-run chamber choir based in Oxford, originally formed in 1976. The choir is currently led by Jacob Ewens and consists of around 16 auditioned singers drawn mainly from the students and staff of Oxford University, however any committed singer is welcome to audition.
They perform at least one concert each term in Oxford, with last years landmark being a collaborative performance of Bach’s St John Passion with the OU Sinfonietta. In recent years they have released two CDs (Jubilate Agno and Salvator Mundi) and have plans for another in the Summer of 2015. The choir has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, participates in the Easter Liturgy at Ampleforth Abbey and tours to perform their vast range of music.
City of Oxford Choir
The City of Oxford Choir is one of Oxford’s leading chamber choirs, performing in the intimate surroundings of Oxford’s college chapels. They rehearse on Monday evenings at Magdalen College School.
Members are welcome from all walks of life in the city and surrounding areas, and the choir perform a wide selection of music from the Renaissance to the present day, both unaccompanied and with small ensembles.
Auditions are in the format of attendance of one rehearsal plus a private audition during the rehearsal interval or at the end of the rehearsal. Please email the choir’s Secretary to arrange an audition. For further information, you can also visit their website.
Commotio is one of Oxford’s foremost chamber choirs, formed in August 1999 to provide a refreshing alternative to the more readily available repertoire offered by most other choral groups, performing primarily lesser known material of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Commotio’s principal auditions are generally held at the beginning of the academic year, for all voices. However, auditions at other times may be arranged throughout the academic year, depending on the current needs of the choir.
The Headington Singers are a friendly, community choir singing the great choral classics (and much more) for the sheer love of it. They give three concerts a year, most with full orchestral accompaniment. The concert programmes are immensely varied – from requiems to ‘songs from the shows’ – but they always aim to sing some works that are less familiar. The singers rehearse at Headington School on Tuesdays during term time, and some musical experience is useful but not essential. They are a non-auditioning ensemble and new members are welcome – those interested in joining the group should see their website for details of vacancies.
newChoir is a young and growing small choral society. At present there are forty members and there are plans to grow to a maximum of fifty. So far there have been no auditions but members must be able to read music while not necessarily being sight-singers. newChoir’s repertoire ranges from less commonly known Baroque to 21st century compositions.
Please visit www.newchoir.org.uk to find fuller details of the choir and its activities.
Oxford City Singers
The Oxford City Singers are a non-auditioning community choir made up of residents, workers and students from Oxford city and surrounding areas. The choir sing all different types of music including songs from musicals, pop songs, folk and classical. New members are always welcome, and rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at St Michael at the Northgate church from 7 – 8:30pm.
For contact details and more information about the choir visit their website.
Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir
The choir was formed in 1928 by Welshmen who came to Oxford looking for work in the car factory in Cowley and has been performing continuously since then. The current membership is around 50. Rehearsals are once a week on Thursday evenings, and the choir give a number of concerts throughout the year. They
have recently taken part in the Anglo Welsh Festival of Male Choirs with concerts in Birmingham and Cardiff
The choir sing the 4 part harmony typical of Welsh Male Voice Choirs, and about one third of their repertoire is sung in Welsh. While several of their members have Welsh roots, many are not.
The choir welcomes new members – there is no need to be Welsh or to be able to read music. If you enjoy singing, can hold a tune, (and are male!) you are welcome to join the choir! For more information, you can visit the choir’s website.
Schola Cantorum of Oxford is Oxford University’s premier chamber choir.
Founded by the conductor László Heltay in 1960 as the Collegium Musicum Oxoniense, Schola Cantorum has worked with many highly respected musicians, including former patrons Sir Michael Tippett and Yehudi Menuhin, as well as Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Leonhart, Sir Colin Davis, and Sir Neville Marriner.
Membership to the choir is by audition. While most new members join at the beginning of the academic year, Schola also holds auditions in Hilary and Trinity terms.
The Cherwell Singers
The Cherwell Singers are an Oxford-based, mixed-voice chamber choir, founded in 1977. They sing all types of music from the late Middle Ages to the present day – including mainstays of the choral repertoire and lesser-known, even obscure, works. They place a high value on musicianship, aiming to perform to a consistently high standard.
The Cherwell Singers give three public concerts per year in central Oxford, and also perform at private functions, including conferences and weddings.
The choir are always looking for new singers, including students. For details of auditioning and for further information, visit their website.
The Oxford Singers
The Oxford Singers, founded in 2010, are Oxford’s largest non-auditioning and non-classical choir. They sing both a cappella and accompanied arrangements (often their own) of music ranging from Michael Jackson to Disney to Broadway to The Lonely Island – in other words, everything and anything! They meet on Wednesday evenings to rehearse for theirr termly concerts and to have fun. The choir also organise charity events such as busking and have been asked to perform at balls and in college bars.
The Oxford Singers also have a Small Ensemble, rehearsing on Monday evenings. This smaller group is auditioned and take on more complicated arrangements that are often brought to the main choir at a later date. Their quality is high but the emphasis at Singers is on enjoying singing together. There’s no need to have previous choral experience or to be able to read music. The choir is varied, and consists of Oxford University students, Oxford Brookes students, DPhils, post-DPhils, Masters and undergrads, as well as exchange students and a couple of sixth formers. To find out more, visit their website.
The Oxford Bach Choir
Would you like the thrill of singing with a mixed voice choir that has a great choral tradition going back over 100 years? If you are thinking of joining a choir in Oxford, then singing with the Oxford Bach Choir is a wonderfully rewarding experience. As a singing member you will have the chance to rehearse and perform with one of the most respected amateur choirs in the UK.
Oxford Bach Choir gives at least four major concerts each year, performing in the magnificent Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford Town Hall and St John the Evangelist Church. It regularly performs with professional soloists and leading orchestras, including the English Chamber and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. Membership currently numbers around 150 auditioned singers who come from all walks of life and are drawn from the city, its surrounds and its universities.
Rehearsals normally take place at the Oxford Catholic Chaplaincy, off St Aldates, on Monday nights from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm during full term. There are three main concerts each season which take place on the Saturday of 8th week.
We are always keen to find new members in all voice parts who have previous choral experience, are confident and competent singers, have reasonable sight reading and will be able to commit to three main concerts each season.
Opus 48 is an exciting new medium-sized choral society for Oxfordshire, performing an impressive range of repertoire to the very highest standard. We believe that good amateur singers enjoy being challenged and we will encourage members to extend and improve their vocal technique.
Opus 48 performs on average four concerts per year [https://www.opus48choir.co.uk/concerts.html], both in and outside Oxford; ranging from large performances of big works in the Sheldonian Theatre, to more intimate performances in venues across the city and further afield. There are an average of 8 rehearsals per term (Monday evenings; 7.30-9.45pm), plus a workshop day at the start of each term.
Our Musical Director, David Crown [www.david-crown.com], has established himself as one of the leading choral conductors in the UK. His rehearsals are engaging and rewarding, and….. something that we think is critical for an extra-curricular activity….. enjoyable!
Music aside, Opus 48 believes that it is paramount for its membership to have a really good social bond – happy people make better music! And so we organise a number of social events across the year, and promote connections between members as much as possible – so that choir is a calendar fixture to look forward to every week.
We welcome auditions from all voice parts and from all ages. Membership is set at a special rate of £30/term for students under thirty. To read more, or to get in touch with us, check out our website