Hertford College Chapel Choir is a mixed choir of high standard that leads the singing at services in the chapel. The choir specialises in the music of English choral tradition, from Thomas Tallis to Herbert Howells. Most members of the choir are students, both undergraduate and graduate, of Hertford College, but the choir also has students from Oxford Brookes University and other colleges, and a few non-student members.
If you would like to join the choir, please get in touch with Hannah Towndrow, the Organ Scholar. The choir has a long-standing tradition of not auditioning, but welcoming all who wish to sing. Rather than compromising standards, this has helped foster confidence and singing ability in those who might not have had the opportunity to sing demanding music. To support the work of the non-auditioning choir, Hertford College offers two choral awards in each of the four traditional vocal parts in a mixed choir. These are auditioned positions.
The main rehearsals are on Friday evenings at 5.30 pm in the chapel.
The choir sings Evensong every Sunday evening in term, rehearsing from 4 pm, and sharing in formal dinner afterward. Some choir members help sing the Gregorian chant at Compline each Tuesday night. A chamber choir, made up of Choral Award Holders, sings the service and a motet at the Thursday evening Eucharist.