Six primary schools from across Oxfordshire joined pupils from Christ Church Cathedral School and the Cathedral Choristers for the 10th Anniversary Outreach Concert in the Cathedral.
A record number of people attended this year’s concert on Monday, which celebrated the fact that more than 50 local schools have been involved in the project over the past decade.
The children performed two pieces of music written by composer John Madden for the occasion.
Christ Church Director of Music Dr Stephen Darlington said: “When we first started this project ten years ago, we could not have imagined the huge number of children who have since been involved.”
The Outreach project is a joint venture between Oxfordshire County Music Service and Christ Church Cathedral School. It is funded by Christ Church Cathedral School and aims to encourage more singing and instrument playing in primary schools and provides training for music teachers.
The schools involved this year were Appleton, North Hinksey, New Hinksey, West Oxford, St Francis, Botley, and Christ Church.
Pete Hughes, Oxford Times, 28 June 2017
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Some photos of the rehearsal for the Three Choirs Evensong which took place on Saturday 6 May 2017 in Christ Church Cathedral. We were delighted to welcome the choirs of Magdalen College and New College to join us in singing the service. The combined forces of the choirs numbered nearly 100 men and boys, and they were directed by Mark Williams, Robert Quinney, and Stephen Darlington. Josef Laming and Alexander Pott played organ music before the service, and Clive Driskill-Smith played during the service and afterwards. We were also delighted to see among the congregation many members of the Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers’ Associations, who were visiting Oxford and Christ Church for their Annual General Meeting.
Earlier this year Christ Church Cathedral Choir sang at two very exciting workshops as part of the EU-funded Old Hispanic Office project. The focus of the project is Iberia’s early-medieval Christian liturgy – this is being studied by an international group of musicologists and liturgical historians who are collaborating with contemporary composers. In December 2014 a competition was announced in which EU composers were invited to write short pieces that engage with the work of the project. Twenty composers were shortlisted, and their pieces were workshopped by Kokoro Ensemble, Bristol Cathedral Choir, or Christ Church Cathedral Choir in Bristol and Oxford in March this year.
To see the choirs and composers in action, please click on this video diary of the composition competition workshops.
To learn more about one of the pieces sung by Christ Church Cathedral Choir (Effundum Spiritum Meum – I Will Pour Out My Spirit – by Benedict Todd), please see this podcast.
For further details please see the Old Hispanic Office project website.
In 2009 the Choir worked with local singers from schools and community choirs to celebrate Bermuda’s 400th Anniversary. Stephen started the rehearsals in autumn 2008, a few months in advance of the festival during which Christ Church Cathedral Choir traveled there to work with the local Bermudan singers in an intensive week of workshops and performances.
The Choir’s October 2007 trip to Jamaica is one of the most exciting ventures to date. The Choir joined forces with the Chapel Choir of Kingston College for concerts in Kingston and Mandeville, as well as singing in Spanish Town Cathedral and at the Manley School of Performing Arts in Kingston. The extensive media exposure on television as well as in the press reflected the uniqueness of the project, a long-held dream of Kingston College Chapel Choir’s director, Wayne Moore. The audiences responded with a standing ovation, particularly when the two choirs combined for a thrilling performance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. This was a magical and unforgettable experience and there are plans to return.