Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Choir

Biography

Active: 1526 - ; Oxford, England
Christ Church is the oldest and best known of Oxford's colleges. The Cathedral began as a monastery founded in the eighth century by St. Frideswide. In 1546, the monastery, after having served as a priory and Cardinal College, was united with the See of Oxford and established as Christ Church Cathedral by King Henry VIII.

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral was founded in 1526 and consists of sixteen boys and twelve men, as well as two
Read more organists. Chosen for their musical ability, the boys attend the Christ Church Cathedral School, on its own grounds, near the college. Six of the men, called Academic Clerks, attend Christ Church College and six are professionals, called Lay Clerks; some of England's finest organists have trained at the Cathedral and accompanied the choir.

The choir's history includes a series of illustrious directors, from John Taverner (the very first (appointed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1526) to William Walton (1912 - 18); Walton composed some of his most famous songs and anthems for the Cathedral Choir. Since its inception, the choir has sung daily services (usually Tuesday through Sunday) in the cathedral and given a large number of concerts and broadcasts for audiences both in England and abroad. The choir's repertoire spans hundreds of years, from the early Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century, and they have commissioned and recorded works by John Tavener, William Mathias, and Howard Goodall. Their award-winning recordings reflect their range of interpretive ability; most notable among them are English Choral Music 1514-1682 and Howard Goodall: Choral works, a recording of motets by J. S. Bach, and Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. The choir's recordings appear on the Nimbus and Metronome labels. Collaborations with organist and composer Howard Goodall have resulted in a number of unusual projects, including theme music for television shows such as Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley.

Referred to as "one of the finest choirs on Earth," the Christ Church Cathedral Choir has become recognized around the globe for its excellence. They have toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, Australia, and the Middle East. Christ Church Choir has collaborated with orchestras such as the ECO, London Sinfonietta, The Hanover Band, The English Concert, and The Academy of Ancient Music. In the year 2000, the choir made its fifth tour of the United States under its present director, Stephen Darlington. Read less

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Biography

Active: 1526 - ; Oxford, England
Christ Church is the oldest and best known of Oxford's colleges. The Cathedral began as a monastery founded in the eighth century by St. Frideswide. In 1546, the monastery, after having served as a priory and Cardinal College, was united with the See of Oxford and established as Christ Church Cathedral by King Henry VIII.

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral was founded in 1526 and consists of sixteen boys and twelve men, as well as two
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Symphony
"Comfort Ye, My People - Ev'ry Valley Shall Be Exalted"
"And The Glory Of The Lord"
"Thus Saith The Lord...But Who May Abide"
"And He Shall Purify The Sons Of Levi"
"Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive...O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings"
" For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover The Earth...The People That Walked In Darkness"
"For Unto Us A Child Is Born"
Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
"There Were Shepherds...Glory To God In The Highest"
"Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion"
"Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind ... He Shall Feed His Flock"
"His Yoke Is Easy"
"Behold The Lamb Of God"
"He Was Despised"
"Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs... And With His Stripes We Are Healed"
"All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray"
"All They That See Him...He Trusted In God"
"Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart...Behold The Lamb Of God....He Was Cut Off"
"But Thou Didst Not Leave His Soul In Hell"
"Lift Up Your Heads"
"Unto Which Of The Angels...Let All The Angels"
"Thou Art Gone Up On High"
"The Lord Gave The Word"
"How Beautiful Are The Feet"
"Their Sound Is Gone Out"
"Why Do The Nations...Let Us Break Asunder"
"He That Dwelleth In Heaven...Thou Shalt Break Them"
Hallelujah
"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
"Since By Man Came Death"
"Behold, I Tell You A Mystery...The Trumpet Shall Sound"
"Then Shall Be Brought To Pass - O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?"
"But Thanks Be To God"
"If God Be For Us"
"Worthy Is The Lamb...Blessing And Honour"
Amen
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Kyrie: Close now thine eyes
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Revelation: Factum est silentium
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Belief
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Hymn: Lead, kindly light
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Lacrymosa: Do not stand at my grave and weep
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Dies Irae: In Flanders fields
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Recordare: Drop, drop slow tears
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Revelation: Tum angelus tertius clanxit
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): Agnus Dei
Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008): In Paradisum: Lux aeterna


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