Oxford Youth Choirs is a group of six choirs for children aged between 4 and 18.
These include the acclaimed Oxford Girls' Choir. Founded in 1984 by Richard Vendome, Oxford Girls' Choir was a pioneering vision for girls' singing and is now the oldest group of its kind in the UK. Richard Vendome continues to direct Oxford Youth Choirs - now in its 37th year.
We meet on Saturday mornings in Oxford and perform a wide range of music from ancient to modern, from opera to jazz.
Our children are drawn from all backgrounds. We provide a welcoming atmosphere allowing their confidence to grow and their musicality to bloom. We encourage younger girls to sing alongside older girls, to stimulate their potential, whilst older girls support the teaching in the younger choirs, building new skills.
Our choirs are musically ambitious and perform to a consistently-high artistic standard. We perform regularly at home and abroad, and have recorded and commissioned a wide range of repertoire.
Our success is built on discipline and teamwork, developed by our outstanding teachers. The choirs benefit enormously from exposure to workshops run by experts such as Roderick Williams and Edward Higginbottom (former Organist & Director of Music at New College and currently Director of Chapel Music at St Peter's College).
Senior girls regularly attain their ABRSM Diplomas while still with the choir.
Former members have gone on to become successful Oxbridge choral scholars, singer-songwriters, opera singers, music theatre artists, music educators, composers and choral directors.