Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford, is nearly 500 years old and holds a unique place in the great English choral tradition. Since 1546, the choir has been set apart from all other collegiate and cathedral choirs since it serves both an Oxford college and a diocese at the same time, in a unique and celebrated dual foundation. Despite the choir’s long history, it is internationally renowned for the youthfulness of its sound and its daring and adventurous musical programming.
The Cathedral Music Trust was established in 2013 to ensure the survival and success of the choir through the following aims: to preserve, in perpetuity, a tradition of world-class music at Christ Church; to make available 100% scholarship funding for choristers to ensure that the choir is accessible to quality musicians, regardless of background or circumstance; and to support, in partnership with the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral, appropriate facilities and worthwhile projects befitting a choir of such repute and quality.
The current major aim of the Trust is to give children from any background the opportunity to sing at Christ Church. In order to achieve this goal, we still need to raise a substantial amount to endow the remaining majority of choristerships. This endowment would ensure ‘needs-blind’ access for the most talented to join the choir, greatly widening the cultural and educational reach of Christ Church and bringing choral music to the lives of many new families and communities. Our goal is to ensure that no one is excluded from being a part of the Cathedral Choir due to financial need.