The Choir

'One of the world's most renowned choirs'
– Classic FM

The Queen’s College has a strong musical tradition, and the mixed-voiced chapel choir of twenty-eight singers is recognised as one of the finest such groups in Oxford and Cambridge.

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The Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Its wide-ranging repertory includes a rich array of music from Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces to contemporary works, including commissions. During the academic year the choir provides the music for regular services in the splendid Baroque Chapel of The Queen’s College, Oxford. Its extensive concert schedule involves appearances in many parts of the UK and abroad, including work with various professional orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Brook Street Band and Oxford Philomusica, and it broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio. Tours in recent years have included China, the USA, Sri Lanka, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, the Low Countries, and Germany. Queen's choir's latest CD releases are on the Signum and Avie labels. May 2013 saw the release of a CD on the Avie label of Dixit Dominus settings by Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti, which was hailed as 'a disc of unusually high calibre' by Early Music Review and awarded 5 stars by Choir and Organ. In 2011 Queen's choir commissioned and premiered a major new work, Welcome all Wonders, by the British composer David Bednall. That concert was hailed as ‘a glorious performance’ by The Oxford Times, and the choir’s recording of the work, released on the Signum label in 2013, attracted excellent reviews. Queen's choir has also recorded for film at the famous Abbey Road Studios, and appears on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of the Warner-Brothers film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which was released in July 2009.

 

Press

...an excellent disc: the singing is incredibly tight, in the manner to which it has become increasingly accustomed under its musical director, Owen Rees.
— Gramophone
An absolutely superb performance…British university choral sound at its best.
— Allmusic
The performance is excellent. The choir of Queen’s College…sing the work splendidly and with great assurance and commitment. The sound is fresh and clear, the choir achieving a satisfying blend and very good diction….the singers have clearly been trained very well by Owen Rees.
— Musicweb International
The choir produced an exquisitely pure sound…[Owen Rees] an impressive conductor.
— Early Music Review

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