Music has been at the heart of the College ever since its initial foundation in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey, who made provision for a choir and organist.
Each year Christ Church admits around five or six Music undergraduates and around two graduate students studying for masters or doctorates. This gives us the largest grouping of musicians of any Oxford college. A small number of the undergraduates will be organ scholars and academical clerks (choral scholars); the majority are not. We recruit our students from a wide range of musical backgrounds, with broad musical interests. Performers, composers and musicologists all feel equally at home here; students with interests in Western classical music, contemporary music and jazz, film and world musics are all well served by the Music Faculty courses, and find a warm welcome at Christ Church.
Christ Church offers unrivalled facilities for musicians: a library fully stocked with key texts and scores; the most important collection of music manuscripts [insert link: http://library.chch.ox.ac.uk/music/] in the UK after the British and Bodleian Libraries; a Music Room; the Cathedral as performance venue; the Cathedral Choir; and an active Music Society. In addition, the Music Faculty is only a two-minute walk away!
Music undergraduates at Christ Church are accommodated in college accommodation for all three years. All are provided with pianos or keyboards.
Many college musicians (not just those reading Music) contribute to our lively musical life. There is an annual competition open to all undergraduates for the Christ Church Instrumental Scholarship.
On these pages you will find further information about our current students and tutors, admissions information for potential applicants, the Cathedral Choir, the College Music Society, our alumni, and current news.