Chorister Outreach Programme (formerly Sing Up Outreach Programme)
Music lies at the core of our School and plays a key role in its life. It belongs to its oldest traditions, stretching back to the foundation of Christ Church in 1546. Singing is therefore central to our ethos and we wish to share this passion. It is also why our School chose to support the Sing Up Outreach Programme, offering volunteer work with primary school children in partnership with the Oxfordshire County Music Service.
Since its inception in 2007, our Cathedral Choristers and the School's Director of Music regularly visit up to 16 participating primary schools and encourage children to sing and to embed singing in their daily lives. All schools involved in the programme then take part in a celebratory end of term concert held in Christ Church Cathedral.
The School had been fortunate to receive Government funding for the initial 5-year period and then continued to fund the Programme from its own means for the following 3 years. However, there were no further resources available beyond the academic year 2014/15.
It was the School's belief and determination that this hugely successful project, which had become an invaluable part of our School's outreach, should remain so in years to come.
With that in mind, a fund has been established to serve this purpose and financial help is now being sought from our community's supporters. Their generosity helps us to ensure that future generations of primary school children will continue to enjoy this unique way of music teaching and benefit from the same experiences and opportunities as their predecessors.
While the School's long term objective (in line with its development programme Thinking of Our Tomorrows) is to establish an endowment fund of approximately £1,500,000, generating an annual income of around £50,000+ that would, apart from other areas, cover the operating cost (of approximately £8,000 per annum) of the Outreach project in perpetuity; Christ Church Cathedral School was delighted to form a partnership with the Oxford-based charity Oxford Orpheus in September 2017 to assist with the funding of the Programme's annual running cost in the interim period.