The Choir of Christ Church, Oxford, was founded nearly 500 years ago, and is justly famous for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming. 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. It has a special and distinctive place within the great English choral tradition.
The formation of the Music Trust was prompted by a strategic commitment from Christ Church permanently to guarantee the quality and standing of the Choir, as it is of fundamental importance to the College, the Cathedral and the wider community.
Summary of aims
- To preserve, in perpetuity, a tradition of the best choral music at Christ Church, through endowment of 60% of its cost.
- Within that target, to increase scholarship funding for Choristers to 100% of school fees, in line with other world-class Cathedral choirs, to ensure that affordability is no impediment to Christ Church attracting the best voices.
- To support, in partnership with the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral, ancillary facilities and projects, befitting a choir of such quality.