Choir

Choir performing in the Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Sliema, Malta.

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 Aaron King, 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, drawn from volunteers from the full choir, sings the service and a motet at the Wednesday evening Eucharist.

The choir tours twice a year: once in December (recently to Dublin), and once in June or July (recently to Kraków). More information on the choir can be found on the website of the Hertford College Music Society. Below are some recordings of recent choir performances.

Academic year Winter tour Summer tour
2014/15 Dublin Ireland Kraków Poland
2013/14 Paris France Rome Italy
2012/13 Leipzig Germany Barcelona Spain
2011/12 Brussels Belgium Malta
2010/11   Dubrovnik Croatia
2009/10 Paris France San Francisco USA
2008/09 Bruges Belgium Kraków Poland
2007/08 Budapest Hungary Tokyo Japan
2006/07   New York USA
2005/06   Barcelona Spain