The Choir of Exeter College, Oxford, remains the only choir in either Oxford or Cambridge to sing three choral services per week under the sole direction of the Organ Scholar, and is widely regarded as one of the finest student ensembles in the United Kingdom. Originally a Choral Foundation, 1995 saw the re-founding of the Chapel Choir as a mixed voice ensemble with students from within the college, and across the university and beyond. The Choir undertakes an annual tour, most recently Croatia, Malta, Sicily, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and Estonia, and also regularly leads Evensong services at home in the UK, having recently visited Westminster Abbey and Exeter and Truro Cathedrals. The Choir’s most recent disc, Mater Mundi, was released in May 2019 and features underperformed choral works by composers from Poland and the Baltics. In 2020, the Choir will sing evensong at St Paul's Cathedral, Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem with the composer's own arrangement of the accompaniment for four-hand piano, undertake a tour to Saxony and Thuringia, and record a new CD of anthems spanning five centuries.
The choir has fostered close associations with the Oxford Philharmonia, The Brandenburg Festival, The Oxford Lieder Festival, and The Orgelbüchlein Project, performing a wide range of repertoire, including the Duruflé, Fauré, Rutter, and Howells Requiems. Also an advocate for new music, the Choir regularly performs works by student composers, and has most recently commissioned works by Cecilia MacDowell and Jonathan Dove. The choir has appeared on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4, and ClassicFM.
The Parry-Wood Organ Scholar
James Short is presently in his third and final year of reading Music. Before coming to Oxford, he was the Organ Scholar at the parish church in Hythe, Kent, studying with David Newsholme at Canterbury Cathedral. In August 2017, James competed in the final of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition in Armagh, and now receives tuition from Christian Wilson and William Whitehead.