The Choir is an important part of college tradition, and it would be lovely to see you adding to it during your time at Jesus.
The Choir is open to all members of the College, both postgraduates and undergraduate, and interested singers from other colleges are invited to contact the Organ Scholar in Residence, Lucia Svecova. She is joined this year by Chapel Music Co-Ordinator, Mr Peter Parshall. The main focus of the Choir is the Sunday Evening service, which takes the form of Evensong. A religious service, it provides us with an opportunity to sing a large range of music, and time to socialise with those in other years.
There are also special services throughout the year. In Michaelmas we sing at a candlelit service of Lessons and Carols for Advent which is always packed to the rafters. Hilary Term is very busy and includes the St David’s Day service sung in Welsh, and the Turl Street Arts Festival Evensong when we join forces with the choirs of Exeter and Lincoln Colleges. Finally, in Trinity Term, there is the Service for the Commemoration of Benefactors and, for the early risers, the annual tradition of singing madrigals early on May Day morning, with strawberries and champagne!
Other than the joy of singing, there are many rewards of singing in the Choir! Tea and cakes are served before the service on Sundays and, afterwards, there is sherry and Formal Hall, free of charge. The College also provides free singing tuition for all members of the Choir, currently with David Crown.
A further highlight of the calendar is the annual Choir tour. Held during the summer vacation, it gives us a chance to sing outside of the College and really become a strong choir unit. Do have a look at the Choir Tours page for more information, or contact the Organ Scholars directly.
I look forward to meeting you all soon.
Joining the Choir
The College Chapel Choir helps to lead worship for Sunday Evensong. It rehearses 4.30 pm-6.00 pm on Thursday afternoons and 4.00 pm-5.15 pm on Sundays before Evensong. We often have masterclasses with eminent church musicians as well as regular singing lessons offered to all members of the choir. New members are always welcome and should contact Lucia Svecova.
Organ Scholar Profiles
A profile of the Organ Scholar can be found on this page.
Chapel Choir CD
For more information about the CD recorded by the Chapel Choir, please see here.