Christ Church Cathedral Choir is one of the oldest and best-known choirs in the world.
The Choir, consisting of twelve men, sixteen boys and three organists is famous for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming. The intimate acoustic of its musical home, Oxford’s twelfth-century Cathedral, has given it a relationship with early sacred music and the rhythm and vigour of contemporary idioms, which is second to none.

Christ Church Cathedral Choir’s reputation leads to a busy annual programme of concerts, overseas tours and works with several international orchestras and soloists.

Throughout its history, the Choir has attracted many distinguished composers and organists, from its first director, John Taverner, appointed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1526, to William Walton in the twentieth century. In recent years, the choir has commissioned and recorded works by composers such as John Tavener, William Mathias, Robert Saxton and Howard Goodall.

Fun Fact

Christ Church Cathedral Choir have appeared on major TV channels, and collaborated with Howard Goodall singing his TV and film themes for Mr Bean and The Vicar of Dibley.

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Collection 2 #11

Minutes by Oxford Christ Church Cathederal Choir