Bringing Christ Church – Oxford and Musical Magic to You!

If you live in America or Canada, and you are like me an Alumnus of Christ Church or of any college at Oxford, you can’t easily take a day trip down to Oxford to see the place or spend and evening with old friends. You can’t take your spouse or children there easily either. Oxford fades away. As I get older, I feel more cut off from this special time in my life. I feel sad that I have not been able to share this place and experience with those closest to me. As I get older I want to get that feeling again and I want to share it with people that are important to me.

If you are one of the 65 million people in America that either sing in a choir today, or have sung in a choir, you can’t easily get personal exposure to one of the great English Male Choirs. Yes of course you can hear their music or see them on video but how often can you hear them in person? Or even better, how often can you go behind the scenes and be with them as they practice? Or even better how often can you meet them and talk with them about what it is like to be a professional musician aged 9? What would it be like for you to be part of such a musical experience not only to be present for a performance but to get involved directly?

This then is the context for our tour.

We will do our best to bring your experience of Christ Church, or Oxford itself, to you so that you can  have a moment when you are taken back there. When you might be able to offer a glimpse to those you love and care for of the essence of the spirit of that place.

We will do our best to bring a full choral and musical experience to those of you that love choral music. In each place we perform, we will have an open rehearsal designed to enable you to have the maximum exposure and contact behind the scenes. And of course we bring one of the world’s great choirs who will be singing some of the finest choral music ever written. Here are a few of our programs – Here HereHere

If you live in North Carolina, Washington DC, New York, Boston or Toronto – we are going to bring all of this to you in late March and early April.

Before we arrive Tom King, our brilliant web master, videographer and I will do our best to introduce the choir to you. We will post videos of all the participants – the boys, the men singers, organists, the place, the music, the history – we plan to bring as much of the humanity of this great body to you. As I write these words the irony of what I say leaps out. For here is a choir that is 500 years old, formed at the time of Henry VIII, using Social Media to help you find out more about us.

I have myself many stories about my own love of this kind of music. I too was a Boy Chorister – not at Christ Church I regret. But Tom was a chorister. There is something about singing in a choir that is life enhancing. So that we can tell these stories to each other and learn more about how to attend and how to help persuade your friends to join you – Tom and I have set up a FaceBook Group here as well.

Welcome to this special world that is the Christ Church Choir. Tom and I look forward to getting to know you.

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  1. Edward Jones
    Edward Jones says:

    I have tickets for April 1 at the Washington Cathedral. You may be interested in knowing that the Washington Cathedral sent out a mailing stating that the Choir of Christ Church is giving a concert at the cathedral on “Friday” April 17 at 4:00 PM. It lists the works to be performed including “De profundis” by Orlando di Lassus and “Kyrie Le Roy” by John Tavener. April 17 is a Sunday and the Washington Cathedral Choir is performing the St. John Passion at 4:00 PM. And as I see from your schedule, the choir will have returned to England by then. Needless to say, this mailing is going to cause a lot of confusion among those who want to hear the Christ Church choir!

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  2. Edward Jones
    Edward Jones says:

    Thank you for the wonderful concert this evening at the Washington Cathedral. The only thing that was missing was an encore! Have a safe journey to the UK. And come back to the US soon!

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  3. Edward Jones
    Edward Jones says:

    A word of thanks to Rob and to the other contributors to the postings in the blog and in Facebook. I’ve been very fortunate through the years to hear many great English choirs at the Washington Cathedral. But this is the first time that I’ve gone on tour with one vicariously. I’ve looked forward each day to reading about the choir’s adventures and experiences. And I even learned a new term: a slap-up meal. Between the music making, I think there were a lot of the latter! Thank you for your talent and incredible hard work. And thank you, above all, for bringing “the beauty of holiness and the holiness of beauty” into our lives.

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  4. Robert Paterson
    Robert Paterson says:

    Thank you Edward – I am a bit sad that this is nearly over – at least this chapter. But please stay with us for a few more days. When I get home, I will be posting a lot more about the end of the trip

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