City of Oxford Choir - 40th Anniversary Concert


We’re celebrating!

The City of Oxford Choir was founded in 1977 to host a visiting choir from Leiden in the Netherlands. For this 40th anniversary concert in Queen’s College Chapel we have chosen to present a number of works particularly associated with the choir and with its three principal conductors to date: Carolyn Brock, Peter Leech and Duncan Aspden. The programme includes music commissioned by the choir from Bryan Kelly, Malcolm Pearce and Richard Pantcheff. There’s music of overt celebration by Henry Purcell and of quiet celebration by Randall Thompson. A foray into the archives has revealed a couple of pieces often performed in the choir’s early incarnations. The current choir - half of whom were not yet born in 1977 – have developed strengths in contemporary composition, in English song, and have explored non-classical singing too. And finally there are a couple of folksong arrangements which the choir has loved throughout its history.

Join us to raise a glass, or to shed a nostalgic tear…

Finzi: Clear and gentle stream

Gjeilo: London Sanctus

Bryan Kelly: Sing we merrily (Four psalm motets)

Richard Pantcheff: Phos hilaron

Malcolm Pearce: maggie and milly and molly and may (always it’s Spring)

Philips: Cantantibus organis

Purcell: I was glad

Thompson: Alleluia

Vaughan Williams: Valiant-for-truth

Vecchi: Canzonetta

arr Chilcott: House of the rising sun; Walzing Matilda

arr Erd: Shenandoah

arr Scott: How can I keep from singing?

arr Wilby: Marianne

Duration: 2:00 with interval

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