The Cathedral Singers of Christ Church is the mixed-voice choir of Christ Church Cathedral, and one of the most active choirs of its type in the country. Its main role is to maintain the Cathedral’s daily pattern of sung worship at times when the Cathedral Choir is away or on vacation. This amounts to over a hundred sung services a year. Directed by its own professional staff of Director and Organist, the choir comprises talented volunteer musicians from the local area, from young professionals to professorial fellows. Its repertoire spans from Renaissance polyphony to new music.
In addition to its liturgical duties, the choir’s activities extend to concerts, tours, workshops, and visits to sing services at other UK cathedrals. The choir also has an educational role, sponsoring Sixth Form Choral Scholarships, and participating in Faculty of Music examinations for the University. In July 2018 the choir celebrated its 40th anniversary. In 2019, a CD recording of the choir featuring music by the 17th-century former Dean of Christ Church, Henry Aldrich, was released by Convivium Records. In 2020, the choir initiated a New Music Project, as a result of which five composers have been commissioned to write new music for the choir, to be premiered in 2021-22.