Keeping you updated with the latest news


13 June 2024
2023/24 season finishes at Christ Church


28 June 2023
A Rousing end to the 2022/23 Season with Viva Italia!
9 June 2023
Cathedral Visits - Summer 2023
12 May 2023
Simon Toyne appointed as our new Musical Director
20 March 2023
Dame Ethel Smyth Mass in D - A resounding success!
13 February 2023
The Ethel Smyth full score has arrived











Fridays and the Future

17 May 2021

Later today we will hold our first live rehearsal for over 400 days! We are hugely grateful to The Old Savoy for hosting us, and remain extremely miffed that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport still hasn’t published the proper guidance we need. Nevertheless, we are following the advice of the Association of British Choral Directors, Making Music, and our own stringent risk assessments, to get back to a little live singing after this long period away. Our return will be gentle, with short session and reduced numbers, but we hope that over time we will slowly return back to what we had become so accustomed to over many years - inspiring weekly sessions with choral greats.

Iain Farrington on Elgar, Mahler, and more
Prof. Ian Bradley on Sir Arthur Sullivan

So far this term we have had five Home Choir Zoom rehearsals on our programme - Summer in the Alps - and we have welcomed five of this term’s eight guests at our Fridays at Four expert sessions. This began on 30 April with the astonishing arranger, composer, pianist, and organist, Iain Farrington, on his life with Elgar, Mahler, and more (including Gershwin and playing at the Olympics). We then welcomed another Ian, The Revd. Prof. Ian Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Spiritual History at the University of St Andrews, who talked to our MD about the sacred music of Sir Arthur Sullivan, following the publication by OUP of his new book on Sullivan.

88 attendees learning about Smyth
The Ethel Smyth Panel

Last Friday we welcomed Dr Leah Broad from Christ Church College, University of Oxford, Dr Amy Zigler from Salem College, North Carolina, USA, and Hannah Millington, a doctoral student at City University, Dublin, to discuss the music of Dame Ethel Smyth, whose choral prologue to Der Wald (opera) we are singing this term. Further sessions are planned for the remainder of the term with Professor Michael Downes (Elgar and the Sacred), our own MD (Das Land ohne Musik?), Dr Adèle Commins (the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford), and Dr Catherine Carr (the life and music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor).