Churchill Chorus aims to provide an opportunity for college members to enjoy singing a wide range of works for choir to a high standard. Founded in 2004, the choir performs a wide range of music, both sacred and secular, from Tudor motets to arrangements of jazz standards and pop songs. The choir prepares music for a concert each term, usually performed in the recital room in the Music Centre. Conductors are all members of the chorus, and the opportunity to conduct is open to all singers.
Members of Churchill 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.
Information for Prospective Members
Churchill Chorus welcomes new singers at any time in the academic year, but particularly at the beginning of term. We rehearse every Monday evening from 7pm - 9pm, with a break for biscuits and squash. Socialising between members of the chorus is important, and hence rehearsals have an informal atmosphere. We also organise social events, including a chorus dinner once a term.
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, Tom Ainge, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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