Oxford Harmonic Choir currently performs three concerts a year with professional soloists and orchestra in major concert venues in Oxford, usually the Sheldonian Theatre or Oxford Town Hall.
We are a mixed amateur choir of about 150 people of all ages, most of whom are experienced choral singers. We are supported by professional musicians, in particular our conductor Robert Secret, our accompanist David Langdon, the Orchestra of Stowe Opera and top class 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.
Click on the video below to hear a short excerpt from our rehearsal for Verdi’s Requiem in the Sheldonian Theatre in November 2014.
Our concerts cover the greatest choral works in the classical repertoire although we also aim to perform lesser-known pieces if we feel they merit more attention. In 2012 we gave the UK première of the nineteenth-century Passion Oratorio by Carl Loewe, and in March 2015 we performed Spohr’s little-known Last Judgement.
We also aim to encourage and showcase new talent and have worked with many exciting young performers, such as soloists from the Royal Academy of Music in association with the Josephine Baker Trust.
On 29 June 2019 we performed the world première of Of Trumpets and Angels by David Lancaster. David was the winner of our 2017 composition competition, winning against many outstanding entries in a field of over 80 applicants and was described by the judges as a ‘an exciting composer with a truly individual voice’. Read an interview with David Lancaster here.
Oxford Harmonic Choir has a long history, being founded in 1921 with a small number of singers as the Iffley Glee Club. In 1922 it became the Oxford Harmonic Society and was soon a sizeable choir performing in major Oxford venues. In 2014 we changed ‘Society’ to ‘Choir’ to make it clearer to the world that our harmony is a choral one!
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!