Oxford 2021

About 50 people have expressed an interest in participating in the ‘staycation’ this summer – details of which are, of course, dependent on how the easing of the lockdown proceeds. But Duncan is now able to follow up his announcement of the details of the staycation lower on this page with the repertoire he plans:

Byrd Mass for four Voices (all movements except the Credo)
Marenzio Hodie Maria virgo
Tchaikovsky Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (No 1 only, pp.6-7)
Stanford Praised be Diana
Parry Hymn to Diana
Parry There rolls the deep
Bishop Foresters, sound the cheerful horn

Click on the title for a pdf of the music. If you attend the staycation, you will need to print it all out.


More news from Duncan of the ‘staycation’ in Oxford this year – 10-15 August.

[With more details to follow soon]

‘This year’s Summertown Singers event will be in Oxford from Tuesday to Sunday, 10-15 August. Locations and exact times to be confirmed, but there will be about two hours of singing each morning [now possibly evenings and inside] in various gardens around Oxford and a performance on the Sunday. So if you want to give some a cappella chamber-choir singing a try, this is the year, and you would be most welcome!
The dates happen to take in two ancient celebrations: the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the three day Roman celebration of Nemoralia in honour of the Goddess Diana who appears in a number of madrigals and part songs. Exploring the wealth of connected repertoire will be most interesting!
I’d also like to include some movements from Tchaikovsky’s wonderful Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (we’ll pass over the fact that he allegedly destroyed the Temple of Diana). The notes are relatively simple and the joyful celebratory character will be perfect in August!
It would be helpful in choosing repertoire to have an idea of how many are interested. Could you email me at dsdsaunderson@googlemail.com if you are? (There will be no charge this year [unless venues need to be hired for indoor rehearsals].)
I want to continue the tradition of welcoming good chamber-choir singers from outside SCS, so if you know of anybody who might be interested, do let me know.

All best, Duncan’


Unfortunately the 2020 trip to Porto, detailed below, had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus, as did its replacement this coming summer. Perhaps next year!

The 2020 trip will be to Porto, Portugal. Dates are Monday-Sunday, August 17-23, 2020, with a concert on Saturday 22 at St James’ Anglican Church, to be followed by singing in the Church service the following morning. The average highest temperature in Porto in July and August is 25°C. Anyone interested in going on this trip should find out more from Duncan, as well as speak to choir members who have been on previous trips.