MUSIC At PUSEY HOUSE
The main choir sings at the 11 o’clock Sunday High Mass and a number of other solemnities across the year. Most of the choir’s duties fall within the University terms, with the main out-of-term commitments falling within Holy Week. Occasionally, the choir is asked to sing for Choral Evensongs. Recently this has been as part of the Oxford Literary Festival, the House’s own Friends’ Festival and to mark the start of the St Cross College term. Such events usually occur a few times across the year. The choir is sometimes engaged for services for the wider community such as weddings and funerals.
The choir is formed of eight choral scholars (SSAATTBB), drawn largely from the University’s top chapel choirs. The choir’s repertoire is generally a mixture of plainsong, Renaissance polyphony, and Romantic and Modern English choral music. Present and past music lists can be found through the link below. In the past the choir of the House has recorded several CDs, and toured Europe.
Over the years, the House has commissioned and premiered works by eminent composers such as Alexander Campkin and Sydney Watson.
We welcome inquiries throughout the year for the membership of either choir. Please contact the Master of Music, Edward Gaut, or the Choir Administrator and Librarian, Alexander Trowell, for more information:
Please see the pages above for more detail about the musical offerings of the House.