A well-established, mixed-voice choir based in North Oxford

We had developed a format for our weekly online rehearsals that seemed to be working well: four singers in St Michael’s with our conductor, Duncan Saunderson, and accompanist, Julian Littlewood, with members listening in via Zoom and being able to sing along with human voices. And now the lockdown is upon us. So we have reverted to an earlier, but now improved format, Zooming just our conductor and musical accompanist. You will find details in the various pages on the Members Menu of this website.

We started our weekly online rehearsals on Thursday, 10 September, since when 111 people have signed up. It is still possible to join us. The subscription for the term, till late January 2021, is just £30, which includes your own free copy of the Brahms’ Requiem score. You will also notice from elsewhere in the website that we have been rehearsing a number of other smaller pieces – by Bach, Clara Schumann, Rheinberger and Reger – as well as exploring the fascinating and highly regarded 19th century singing exercises by the 18th century Italian composer, Vaccaj.

We will be singing the Brahms in English. The rehearsals will be for just one hour, from 8.20 pm. Members will have a chance to participate via Zoom. For more details, including how to participate, see the Chair’s letter to the choir of 14 August on the Members Weekly Notices page and subsequent emails there.

We are taking the view that a public performance of the Requiem is very unlikely in the near future. So we are unlikely to be able to honour the date we had set, 23 January 2021, at St Andrew’s Church with the Instruments of Time and Truth. But the situation could change, so we plan to be prepared. And of course we will move back to live rehearsals as soon as it becomes possible and is safe.

Previously those live rehearsals took place regularly on Thursday evenings, 8-9.30pm, at St Michael’s Church, Lonsdale Road, North Oxford. We welcome all voice parts and abilities – to the online rehearsals too. There is no audition.

For more details about the choir, see our Join Us and The Choir pages. If you are interested in a cappella singing, have a look at the activities of the long-established and well-travelled Summertown Singers.


For details of past performances, including a number of commissions, see our Concert History and Archives pages.

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