Day 1: Oxford to Washington

Good morning one and all, and welcome to this blog for Christ Church Cathedral Choir’s tour of the USA, March-April 2016. Over the coming two weeks, we hope to offer you here regular glimpses into our touring life: the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs, the ins and outs, and all manner of things in between.

Today started with a (fairly subdued..) 6.15am coach journey from Oxford to London Heathrow Terminal 5, ready to check in for our British Airways flight to Washington D.C. We were fortunate enough to be flying on an Airbus A380 – one of the newest and biggest airliners to come into service. For some choristers this was their first ever flight, so we were lucky to have clear skies during take off so the views over London could be enjoyed by men and boys alike. A comfortable 7.5 hour flight ensued and we landed at Washington D.C. at 2.15pm east coast time.

From the airport we were taken by bus to Virginia Theological Seminary, a episcopal training college just south west of Washington. This will be our base for the coming couple of days, and the venue of our first concert on Thursday. It’s gloriously sunny here in Virginia, and whilst many of the students and staff here at the seminary can be heard muttering about the ‘cold’, for us it is perfect; balmy breezy and bright. We had a lovely dinner in the refectory this evening, and some of the gentlemen took a nightcap in the bar, just to help adjust to the new time zone, of course. Tomorrow we have most of the day free to explore Washington before rehearsing in the evening, so do expect a full report back tomorrow with what we’ve been doing!

April 1 – A Concert at the Queen Mary at Long Beach CA



The Queen Mary welcomes the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford for a free concert in the Grand Salon at 7:00 PM April 1, 2014. Doors and seating open at 6:00PM. For more information/RSVP visit:

The Queen Mary is honored to host this prestigious chorale ensemble. To ensure that the choir’s artistry is available to all, there will be no charge to attend. However, performance seating in the Grand Salon is limited to 400.  Complimentary admission to the ship will also be provided.  Advance reservations to attend the performance are required.  To RSVP please visit

The Queen Mary seeks to align its marketing and community relations activities with those cultural opportunities which reflect the ship’s British heritage and its own stature as an historical icon. The Christ Church Choir itself reflects these same attributes. “Making this wonderful and historic Choir available to school groups, local choirs and all music lovers again demonstrates the Queen Mary’s commitment to broadening the public’s understanding of British culture, be it in song or the mid-century engineering masterpiece that is our ship,” says Julie Guaderrama, Event Marketing Manager for the Queen Mary.

The Grand Salon is the ship’s most elegant public space, replete with precious Art Deco fittings. Originally serving as the First Class Dining Room, the Salon epitomizes elegance and regality. “The acoustics, art and thematic history of the Salon can only enhance what we know will be an emotional and stirring performance by the Christ Church Choir. We look forward to sharing their artistry and historical significance and encourage those interested to reserve early,” Ms. Guaderrama concluded.

1126 Queens Highway • Long Beach, CA 90802
Information: (877) 342-0738 • Hotel Reservations: (877) 342-0742 • QUEENMARY.COM