Frideswide Voices

Frideswide Voices is the girls’ choir of Christ Church Cathedral, singing each week in the Cathedral alongside the Lay and Academical Clerks. The girls, aged 7 to 14, do not attend the Cathedral school, but instead are drawn from schools across Oxfordshire. Girl choristers come to the Cathedral at least twice a week to rehearse, study and sing services in the Cathedral, and are provided with a rich, intensive musical education from a team of tutors.

They are directed by Helen Smee, who conducts their weekly rehearsals and services and leads a team of specialist tutors who deliver weekly theory, singing and musicianship training to the choristers.

Established in 2014 under the auspices of The Frideswide Foundation, a charitable trust, the choir was founded to promote opportunities for girls, aged between 7 and 14, to sing within the liturgy in Oxford college chapels. For the past three years, Frideswide Voices has been in residence at Christ Church Cathedral for Michaelmas Term each year as part of an annual rotation between Christ Church, New College and Magadelen College. It was announced in May 2019 that, from September 2019, the girls' choir will have a permanent home at Christ Church as part of the choral foundation.

Information about becoming a girl chorister at Christ Church, and details of open evenings and voice trials, can be found from the Frideswide Voices Administrator, Tanya Simpson: frideswide.voices@chch.ox.ac.uk