Oxford Orpheus Concert – A Musical Spectacle in Aid of Christ Church Cathedral School’s Chorister Outreach Programme
Posted on 4th Feb, 2019
This year's Oxford Orpheus Concert was a spectacle of musical delights. It opened with the Coronation Anthem I Was Glad by Parry, followed by Vaughan Williams' setting of George Herbert's Five Mystical Songs and concluded with Fauré's Requiem.
As part of the Requiem, Alexander Winnifrith, one of the School's Cathedral Choristers, performed the Pie Jesu alongside the widely admired operatic baritone and Oxford Orpheus' Patron, Sir Thomas Allen.
Oxford Orpheus, an Oxford-based charity, organises choral workshops and concerts which bring together singers who enjoy working together to perform music. As part of their work, they support a variety of local charitable projects. Christ Church Cathedral School was delighted to form a partnership with Oxford Orpheus in 2017 to assist with the funding of the School's Chorister Community Outreach Programme.
The project, which is funded by Christ Church Cathedral School and run in partnership with the Oxford County Music Service, involves the Cathedral Choristers visiting local primary schools with the School's Director of Music, Sophie Biddell. The Choristers spend time talking about their lives and singing with the pupils. There is then a termly concert for all the participating primary schools in the Cathedral.
As Dr Stephen Darlington, the recently retired Director of Christ Church Cathedral Choir, stated in his speech at the event, "We are extremely grateful to Oxford Orpheus for their generous support. It is the School's determination to continue this wonderful work and give future generations of our county's primary school children the opportunity to experience the transformative effects of singing."
To find out more about the project and how to support it, please click here.