Join Frideswide Voices

The girls' choir of Christ Church, Frideswide Voices, is open to girls of all backgrounds, from any school. Girl choristers at Christ Church do not attend the Cathedral School, but instead come to the Cathedral two or three times a week at the end of the school day. Girls need not be resident in the city of Oxford (indeed, some former choristers have travelled quite some distance to take part) but families should be aware that choristership is a signficant commitment and will involve regular travel into Oxford several times a week.

Girls join the Choir as pre-probationers (trainees) at the start of Year 3. We are always interested in hearing from potential choristers when they are in Year 2 with a view to membership from September of Year 3; families should aim to express an interest by the Spring of Year 2 (the academic year in which girls turn 7). Occasional vacancies sometimes occur for older girls; interested families or teachers should contact the Frideswide Voices Choir Manager at the earliest opportunity for details of these, or to be placed on a waiting list.

Parents, prospective choristers, and music teachers are warmly invited to attend a taster evening ('Be a Chorister for an Evening') - these are held each Spring. 

'Be a Chorister for a Day' taster events in 2022

Each year, the Cathedral hosts a selection of taster events for girls, boys and their families who may be interested in choristership. FV typically holds one 'Be a Chorister' afternoon in the Spring term, and a second in the Summer term, before auditions (usually held in mid-June), for girls to experience what it might be like to become a Frideswide chorister. 

Forthcoming dates, for entry in September 2022:

  • Saturday 5 March 2022
  • Saturday 21 May 2022

These events are open to girls in Year 1 and Year 2 (older girls are welcome, though families should be aware that entry to the choir is not normally available after this point), for entry in September of Year 3 (the academic year in which girls turn 8). 

Each event includes the opportunity to:

  • try on some choir robes
  • play musical games and learn songs with Frideswide Voices' tutors
  • have a tour of the Cathedral and College
  • join a rehearsal with the choristers
  • sing with the Choir at a service in the Cathedral

There will also be a Q&A session when parents can hear from a panel of staff, parents and girls about what being a FV chorister entails, and ask any questions. 

To register for a Be a Chorister for a Day event, please email eleanor.sperling@chch.ox.ac.uk

 

The Frequently Asked Questions provides answers to most of the things that people want to know at this stage, such as:

  • What will an audition for Frideswide Voices entail?
  • Do singers need to be able to read music to join Frideswide Voices?
  • How much does it cost to become a member of Frideswide Voices?
  • What about practical arrangements (e.g. times/dates/venues, parking arrangements, etc.)?
  • What arrangements will be in place for my child’s pastoral care?