Welcome to Oxford Youth Choirs

6th June - Saturday at Noon talk by Richard Vendome "Hildegard through both ends of the telescope" email for Zoom link. Please join the session by 11.50.

Click here for the MEMBERS area to access practice videos, rehearsal scores, and OYC policy documents.

The Senior Girls' Choir has just made its first "virtual" recordings, of the Humming Chorus from Puccini's Madam Butterfly and The Rose by Amanda McBroom.

Oxford Youth Choirs is a group of six choirs, including the Oxford Girls' Choir, for children aged between 4 and 18. We meet on Saturday mornings in Oxford at the Cherwell School North Site. Promoting musical diversity, we perform a range of music from Jazz to Opera. In the words of our patron, internationally renowned baritone, Roderick Williams OBE.

"I have seen the choir grow from strength to incredible strength and have worked alongside them in opera, concert, jazz and dance, in London, across the UK and abroad - this is no ordinary choral training!"

Our ethos is excellence for all - every choir member is encouraged and supported to be the best singer and musician they can be.

We hope you like what we do and want to find out more. Feel free to browse our website or get in touch.

The Rose

The Rose
Oxford Girls' Choir's first virtual recording made during the coronavirus pandemic. Edited by Ed Conroy and Jon Livesey. Words and music by Amanda McBroom, arranged by Richard Vendome.

Sing along with Vivaldi!

Vivaldi's GLORIA - practice scores and videos
The lockdown has inspired musicians throughout the UK to be particularly creative, and few choral works are more popular than Vivaldi's Gloria. It was one of the first pieces we learnt, back in 1984, and with help from Vivaldi scholar Micky White we were the first choir to demonstrate that it was composed entirely for women, including the tenor and bass parts sung at pitch. Thanks to former OYC chairman Tim Gardam we were asked to film it in this way for the BBC, on location at Vivaldi's church of Santa Maria della Pietà in Venice, in 2005, with a choir of current and past members and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. You can read about this project here. This playlist is based on our performances for the BBC and SKY Arts, together with my new edition of the score (made directly from the original manuscript) and rehearsal tracks for you to sing along with. Try singing each of the parts! Perhaps we can have a gala performance when we are all free again...
Learn about our research into the Venetian tradition of female tenors and basses here.

An Evening with Amadeus Spring 2019