Many people associate Christ Church with an illustrious musical tradition and generations of accomplished Cathedral musicians. It may not be as well known, however, that every week during term-time, Christ Church shares its musical heritage with primary schools from around Oxford. Choristers and staff travel each Wednesday to teach songs to a wide number of school children, and each term they and their local community are invited back to Christ Church to perform in a concert.
This November, for the first time ever, the concert took place in the Great Hall rather than the Cathedral, making it a particularly special experience for all involved. The children of Radley, Wootton, Sunningwell and Church Cowley primary schools performed enthusiastically alongside 18 full-voiced cathedral choristers, under the varied direction of Anne Paul Jones (County Music Service), Sophie Biddell (Cathedral School), and Clive Driskill-Smith (Cathedral Sub-Organist).
Photos by KT Bruce show all the children in Christ Church's Great Hall (top), and children from Radley Primary School.
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