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 evening during term time, as well as partaking in other concerts and other events within college and around Oxford. We meet every Sunday from 4.15 - 5.40pm to rehearse for the evening service at 6pm, and hold additional rehearsals every Thursday from 5.00-6.30pm. The choir has recorded several CDs and recent tours have included Germany, Italy, and the USA. The choir is currently planning a tour of India in December 2018

Stile Antico
Photo: Marco Borggreve
Stile Antico Photo: Marco Borggreve

Will is active as a consort singer and is a member of the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico. The group performs all over the globe, including concerts in the Wigmore Hall and at the BBC Proms. He is a former Lay Clerk of Christ Church, Oxford, and has sung with Collegium Vocale Gent, The Eric Whitacre Singers, and Polyphony. As a soloist, Will has sung works such as Carmina Burana (Orff), Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler), and The Wound Dresser (Adams) as well as more canonic works by JS Bach and GF Handel. His one and only operatic role to date is that of Mr Gedge in Albert Herring.

The choir is directed by the Director of Chapel Music, Will Dawes, who is also Director of Music at the church of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, Conductor of Ensemble 45, and Director of Frideswide Voices (Oxford’s first liturgical choir for 7-14 year-old girls). He is a graduate of the RAM where he studied Choral Conducting and Singing, and has directed numerous excellent choral societies and chamber choirs across the UK.


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Members of the Choir on their tour of the USA last year
Members of the Choir on their tour of the USA last year