Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, is nearly 500 years old and holds a unique place in the great English choral tradition.
Since 1546, the choir has been set apart from all other collegiate and cathedral choirs since it serves both an Oxford college and a diocese at the same time, in a unique and celebrated dual foundation. Despite the choir’s long history, it is internationally renowned for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming.
Throughout its history, the choir has attracted many distinguished composers and organists, from its first director, John Taverner, appointed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1526, to William Walton in the twentieth century. In recent years, the choir has commissioned and recorded works by composers such as John Tavener, William Mathias, Robert Saxton, and Howard Goodall.
This ancient foundation, however, is increasingly under threat of erosion from the significant financial pressures placed on arts and education in the UK.
The Christ Church Cathedral Music Trust was established in 2013 to ensure the survival and success of the choir through the following aims:
- To preserve, in perpetuity, a tradition of world-class music at Christ Church.
- To make available 100% scholarship funding for choristers to ensure that the choir is accessible to quality musicians, regardless of background or circumstance.
- To support, in partnership with the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral, appropriate facilities and worthwhile projects befitting a choir of such repute and quality.
We now seek the generosity of Members and Friends to help deliver this mission and invite donors and benefactors to engage with us in promoting this appeal.