Oxford University is renowned around the world for its longstanding choral tradition, something which Somerville Chapel Choir is proud to continue and be a part of. The choir, in its present form, was founded in 2001, and sings in the college chapel every Sunday during term time, as well as partaking in other concerts within college and around Oxford.  We meet every Sunday from 4.00 – 5.45pm to rehearse for the evening service at 6pm, and hold additional rehearsals every ThursdPeople-image-maker-280px-x-280pxay at 5pm.

We are pleased to welcome Benjamin Goodson to Somerville as our new Director of Chapel Music, starting September 2015.

The Choir has sung services and concerts at Worcester, Southwark, Winchester and Wells, Blackburn and St. Paul’s cathedrals, as well as undertaking tours to Germany, Italy and the USA. In Hilary Term 2016 the choir will perform Bach’s John Passion with a professional Baroque orchestra.

The Choir’s membership comprises Choral Exhibitioners and other auditioned singers from the University community.We are always pleased to hear from singers interested in auditioning for the choir. Please email Benjamin Goodson to arrange an audition.


On Thursday 26th May at 7.30pm the Choir of Somerville College will give a concert of British and American choral music in Somerville’s Chapel. The concert is eclectic, paying tribute to the diversity of the choral repertoire to have emerged from these two countries. The programme begins with music from the English Renaissance and ends with brand new music from some of America’s most exciting contemporary composers. All proceeds will count towards the choir’s fundraising efforts for their upcoming concert tour to New York and Washington in September 2016. Please join us! To reserve tickets please email


In September 2016, Somerville College Choir will be going on tour to the U.S.A, performing at venues in New York and Washington DC. Following a successful tour in 2014, the choir wants to return to the States to promote the musical profile of Somerville College abroad. In order to make this happen, we are looking for financial support from friends of the choir. If you are able to make a contribution to the Choir’s American adventure, please check out our crowdfunding page on hubbub for more details.

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