Oxford University is home to some of the greatest choral music in the world – through the services, performances, recording and tours of its literally dozens of choirs.
For six months, starting in July, Oxford Today will show you how an Oxford choir works - going behind the scenes to understand what it takes to sing at a world-class level, and understanding the scholarship, discipline and passion for excellence that underpins every note. We'll also be giving Oxford Today readers online the chance to vote for their favourite pieces of Christmas choral music, with the most popular being performed at the famous Christmas service of the choir of New College, Oxford in December, and made available for Oxford Today readers to download.
What draws huge crowds to Oxford at 6 o'clock one morning, simply to listen to a choir sing? Learn about the unique sound of boy choristers, learning musicianship from the age of seven in Oxford's oldest choirs. Learn how girl sopranos and boy trebles compare. Discover the alchemy of the parts of the choir, as individual human voices, high and low, blend together to create a thrilling sound renowned for centuries.