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Hill Chorus

The Hill Chorus is a community choir run by the music societies of Churchill and Murray Edwards Colleges along with our 'hill college' neighbours. It is open to the whole, extended community: staff, students, fellows, friends, and locals!

We sing a range of music both sacred and secular, ancient and modern. Rehearsals are weekly, on Wednesday evenings, starting October 4th, in the Churchill College Recital Room (number 7 on the map). We generally sing one, relaxed, informal concert per term featuring a variety of short items. There are no auditions, and membership is free to all, whether you're pitch perfect or tone deaf!

Come along an give it a try!

Members of Hills College Chorus contribute in many other ways to the musical life of the college. These include singing at various college occasions, often with members of the Chapel Choir, such as memorial services or college feasts as well as small-group singing opportunities such as madrigal evenings.

Hill Chorus

Information for Prospective Members

To join the mailing list for the chorus, please add your address by following this link.

Hill Chorus welcomes new singers at any time in the academic year, but particularly at the beginning of term. We rehearse every Wednesday evening, with a break for biscuits and squash. Socialising between members of the chorus is important, and hence rehearsals have an informal atmosphere.

New members can just come along to rehearsals, there’s no need to audition. An ability to sight-sing is not essential and neither is choral experience, but you should be able to read music. It’s best to start at the first rehearsal of term, but you won’t be turned away if you start later on. Future and past repertoire can be found at the bottom of this page.

For further information, or to join the choir, contact the Chorus Director, Rebecca Doherty (rd555).

Hill Chorus, Lent 2015

Forthcoming Concerts:

Recent Concerts:

25 Feb 2017: Vivaldi Gloria at St Martins in the Fields

18 Nov 2016:
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Pharrell Williams - Happy
For Good, from Wicked
Oh Happy Day, from Sister Act

28 Nov 2015: Vaughan Williams’ Five English Folksongs and other works.

14 June 2015: Mozart Requiem

28 Feb 2015: Haydn - Nelson Mass in D Minor

4 Dec 2014: 'O Magnum Mysterium' by David Childs, 'The Seal Lullaby' by Eric
Whitacre, 'The Three Kings' by Peter Cornelius, Excerpts from the Bach

22 Nov 2014: Bach Magnificat in D with OotH

16 May 2014:
Michael Tippet -'A Child of Our Time'
Arranged by Mac Huff - 'Disney Movie Magic'

7 Mar 2014:
Howard Goodall - 'Eternal Light: A Requiem'
Andrew Daldorph - 'A Mass for Life'
'Hallelujah' from 'Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration' with Churchill Jazz Band

27th November 2013: Works by Aguiar, Handel, Tavener and Besig.

16 Nov 2013:
Handel - Messiah Part 1 with Chapel Choir, Murray Edwards Choir and Ooth

15th May 2013: Summer concert including works by Brewer, Whitacre, Simms,
Rachmaninov and Tin

11th March 2013:
Lent concert including works by Byrd, Bortniansky, Tavener, Toch, Schubert and Schumann.

23rd Feb 2013:
Mozart - Requiem combined with the choir of Trinity College, Oxford in Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy.

19th May 2012 – Recital Room, Churchill College

Vaughan Williams - Five English Folk Songs
Saint-Saens – Calme Des Nuits
Joel – And So It Goes
Bennet - Weep, O mine eyes
Morley - Fyer, fyer!

12th March 2012 – Recital Room, Churchill College

Whitacre – Sleep
Purcell – Dido’s Lament (from Dido and Aeneas)
Bruckner – Os Justi Meditabitur
John/Zimmer – Circle of Life (from The Lion King)
Tallis – If ye love me

28th November 2011 – Recital Room, Churchill College

Extracts from Vivaldi – Gloria
Gardiner – Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Handel – Hallelujah Chorus from ‘Messiah’
Elgar – My love dwelt in a northern land

5th November 2011 – Chapel at Churchill College
A joint concert with the choir of Trinity College, Oxford

Vivaldi – Gloria
Barber – Agnus Dei