There are several choirs with this name, as Christ Church Cathedral is the name of many cathedrals around the world, e.g. in Oxford, Canterbury, Dublin, Vancouver and Indianapolis.
1) The main Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford consists of 12 adults (6 professional "lay-clerks" and 6 student "academical clerks") and 16 choristers (boys aged 7 – 13), and is directed by Steven Grahl. The choir was all male until 2019, when they welcomed alto Elizabeth Nurse, the first female clerk of Christ Church Cathedral Choir. They sing in university term time, at Christmas and Easter, and have an extensive touring and recording programme.
Former choristers include the composer William Walton.
The Cathedral Singers consists of volunteers and is currently directed by James Potter. They are usually in residence outside of term time when the choristers and academical clerks of the main choir are on holiday.
The college choir sings every 1–2 weeks in term time and is made up of current undergraduates and postgraduates from the college.
Since September 2019, the Cathedral has also had a choir for girls aged 7-14 called Frideswide Voices. The choristers are drawn from schools around Oxford, and sing evensong once a week. The choir is directed by Helen Smee.
2) Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral Choir is recognized as one of the finest of its kind in Canada, having placed first in the church choir category of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Amateur Choral Competition for 3 consecutive times (1998, 2000 and 2002) and again in 2006. In the 2006 competition they also won a special award for the Best Performance of a Canadian Composition.
Consisting of 30 skilled amateurs, this choir has a remarkably large and varied repertoire. The main function of the choir is to celebrate the Sunday Eucharist through hymns, psalms, motets, along with choral and congregational mass settings.
A unique aspect of the choir is that from time to time it presents major choral works of such composers as Bach, Byrd, Durufle, Kodaly, Palestrina and Part in the context of Cathedral liturgies. In this case a few associate singers often join the ranks for such special occasions.
In addition, the choir sings the evening office of Compline every Sunday 11 months a year (Jan.-Nov.), the service of Evensong on the third Sunday of every month and is host and lead choir for worship events associated with the Diocese of New Westminster.
3) The Christ Church parish of Indianapolis is known for its music. The church is home to the professional Choir of Men and Boys and the Girls' Choir, as well as the Christ church Singers, a volunteer group. Each Sunday the Choir leads the 10:00 a.m. service and the Coro Latinamericano leads the 1:00p.m. service. Every Thursday from September through May, the Choir performs a Choral Evensong.
Choir of Men and Boys
In 1883 Christ Church parishioners founded a boys' choir, the predecessor to the Choir of Men and Boys. The choir was organized into a professional choral group in 1954, when Christ Church became the pro-cathedral of the diocese. The Choir of Men and Boys achieved an international reputation for its choral excellence. In addition to performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, it has performed numerous commissioned works and frequently appeared on radio and television broadcasts. The choir has toured Great Britain and Europe, singing in London (Saint Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey), Canterbury, Ely, Truro, Dublin (Christ Church Cathedral), Paris (Notre Dame), and in the cities of Chartres, Munich, Berlin, Leipzig, Venice (Saint Mark's), and Rome (Saint Peter's Basilica).
Christ Church Cathedral Girls' Choir, founded in 1945, is composed of girls ages eight through eighteen. It has appeared in concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and on overseas tours, including appearances in many of Europe's great cathedrals.
Christ Church Singers
The Christ Church Singers, a voluntary choir formed in the 1990s, perform under the direction of the cathedral's assistant organist and choirmaster.
Recently, the Choir of Men & Boys and the Girl's Choir were dissolved and re-formed as the Cathedral Choir, which includes choristers and adults.
4) Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin has a long musical history, with a well-known cathedral choir and a girls' choir. Along with the precentor, the musical side of its work is led by the "Organist and Director of Music", working with any assistant organist and organ scholar, as well as the "Honorary Keeper of the Music and Music Librarian" and, as at 2007, a "Music Development Officer".
5) There has been a choral tradition at Canterbury Cathedral for 1400 years. The cathedral choir consists of 25 boy choristers and 12 lay clerks. The boys are aged eight to thirteen. They receive scholarships and attend St Edmund's School, Canterbury. There are seven choral services a week with Choral Evensong at 5:30 pm on Monday-Friday, with the boys alone on Thursday and men on Wednesday. On Saturday and Sunday, there is evensong at 3:15 pm and Eucharist on Sunday at 11 am. There are numerous extra services, especially at Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost.
The Girls' Choir of Canterbury Cathedral was founded in 2014 and their first performance at Evensong, in January, was attended by more than 600 people and widely covered by the international press. They gave their first concert in December of that year. They typically perform at Evensong twice every month, often with the lay clerks of the cathedral choir. The girls are aged 12 to 18. They attend local schools in Canterbury and some further afield.
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