Choirs

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2021 Term Dates

Autumn 2021: 11 Sept - 11 Dec (Half-term break 30 Oct)

The choirs meet on Saturday mornings during school term
Mini Music: 10:15-11:05
Prep Choir 1: 09:10-10:00
Prep Choir 2: 10:10-11:40
Junior Girls: 09:10-11:00
Boys (all): 09:15-11:15 (trebles leave at 10:40)
Senior Girls: 10:40-13:00
(please note: there is a joint rehearsal for year 10-13 girls and older boys from 10:40-11:15)

Prep 1 & 2

Formed in 1996, this is our starter choir for boys and girls aged 4-7. There are no auditions—the thirty or so children in each choir are encouraged to enjoy music and develop their potential in a friendly atmosphere.

The choir meets in the Anna Haxworth Music Building at Cherwell School. The sessions are structured but informal, and are run by Hannah Rhodes & Lucia Boué, with the help of students from the senior choir.

Within this framework we explore a variety of musical styles, concepts and themes, drawing from both traditional repertoire and other less familiar sources. During the morning the children have the opportunity to work both together and in groups, to allow further development of their aural and other musical skills.

Junior Boys & Boys

Junior Boys' & Boys' Choir is directed by Will Harmer. It provides musical and vocal training for boys aged 7 and above who enjoy singing a wide repertoire. Singers are encouraged to enjoy music and develop their potential in a friendly atmosphere, with sessions including work on ear-training and aural skills, as well as singing from written notation. Voice training methods are the same as those of the girls' choir.

The Boys' Choir provides a lively alternative to the church music tradition for boys who want to sing, though each year some of our boys go on to win scholarships to college or cathedral choirs.

The Junior Boys meet in the Anna Haxworth Music Building at Cherwell School north site.

Junior Girls

Junior Girls' Choir is for girls in school years 4, 5 & 6. The choir has a wide and varied repertoire and there are opportunities for both formal and informal performances each year. The aims of the choir are to foster a love of singing, to introduce elements of vocal technique and to develop initial part singing, sight singing and musicianship skills.

Most girls progress to the Senior Choir when they transfer to their senior school. Entry to the Junior Choir is through an informal audition, the main criteria being the ability to hold a simple melodic line.

The Junior Choir meets in the Main Hall at Cherwell Schoo north site and is directed by Louise Taylor and Tom Anderson.

Senior Girls

Senior Girls' (Oxford Girls' Choir) was formed by Richard Vendome in 1984. It was the first choir of its kind in England to develop girls' singing as a musical medium in its own right, and not just as a substitute for the adult or the boy's voice. Several former members have gone on to become professional singers or instrumentalists.

The choir meets on Saturday mornings during school term in the Main Hall at Cherwell School north site.

Membership of the choir is by informal audition or via our Training Club (for year 6 or above) which teaches vocal and musical skills. Girls start with a probationary term after one or two free taster sessions. Please contact the Administrator (admin@oxfordyouthchoirs.org.uk) or the Musical Director (director@oxfordyouthchoirs.org.uk) if you have any questions.