Oxford Harmonic Choir has been making a major contribution to musical performance in Oxford for almost 100 years. Currently, we put on three concerts a year with professional soloists and orchestra, usually in the Sheldonian Theatre or the Oxford Town Hall.
We are a mixed amateur choir of about 125 people of all ages, supported by professional musicians: our experienced conductor and accompanist, Robert Secret and David Langdon, the Orchestra of Stowe Opera and excellent professional soloists. Find out more on the Our Musicians page, or, if you are interested in singing with the choir, see Join Us for details.
Our concerts generally feature the great choral works of the classical repertoire, but we also present less well-known pieces that deserve to be heard more often. Most recently, on 30 November 2019, we put on a performance of Max Bruch’s oratorio Odysseus, which was enthusiastically received by the audience in the Town Hall.
We also aim to showcase new talent and have worked with many exciting young performers: for example, soloists from the Royal Academy of Music in association with the Josephine Baker Trust.
On 19 June 2019, we gave the world première of Of Trumpets and Angels by David Lancaster, designed to be performed with the Mozart Requiem. David won our 2017 composition competition out of a strong field of over 80 applicants. Read an interview with David Lancaster here.
Oxford Harmonic Choir began life in 1921 as the Iffley Glee Club. In our centenary year, we plan to explore its fascinating history in more detail on our blog. Watch this space.
Find out more
- If you would like to come and hear us, please visit our Concerts and Tickets pages.
- To receive information about future concerts, sign up to our Mailing List.
- If you are interested in joining the choir, go to our Join Us page.
We look forward to meeting you, whether as audience member or singer!
Click on the video below to hear a short excerpt from our rehearsal for Verdi’s Requiem in the Sheldonian Theatre in November 2014.