We are a very friendly community of non-auditioned singers from all backgrounds and welcome anyone that enjoys singing.
We love to sing! And we sing pretty much anything that is uplifting, inspirational, life-affirming and spiritual in the broadest sense. We follow the traditional Gospel teaching methods of listening and copying, so no music or lyric sheets are used in rehearsals (although we do get lyrics to practice with at home). This means our songs are embedded in our memories and we are free to dance and groove about, communicating our joy in music.
We are a community choir, so we strongly believe that singing is for everyone, regardless of previous musical experience, faith or age (as long as you’re over 18). You will find us friendly and welcoming and, by the way, we sound pretty good too! Not to boast, but we are also joint holders of the current Guinness World Record for the largest ever Gospel choir performance – participating with around 1200 other singers!
We currently have 5 conductors, each one with their own style and enthusiasms, which keeps the rest of us on our toes. Each week we are accompanied by our lovely pianist Tim and for concerts we add other musicians depending on venue and repertoire.
The choir meet every Tuesday at Wesley Memorial Church in New Inn Hall Street, Oxford (in between Queen St and George St) from 7.30 – 9.30pm (keep an eye on the website for occasional venue changes). All are welcome!
Please sign up as a new member if you are interested in joining us.
If you would like to be kept informed about the choir’s activities, including upcoming events, please subscribe to our mailing list as a Supporter (see side box). Everybody can contribute in some way, either by performing as part of the choir, helping backstage or front of house or just by coming along as audience. Whatever you do – your support is truly appreciated by everybody at Oxford Gospel Choir.
Recent performances have included:
- Annual Summer, Easter and Christmas Charity Concerts
- Regular performances for Cowley Road Carnival
- Oxford Christmas Lights Festival
- Last Choir Standing and BBC Choir of the Year Competitions
- London Community Gospel Choir’s 30th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Festival Hall
For upcoming performances please check out our Upcoming Gigs page.
There is also a small Events choir within the Community choir which also rehearses on Tuesday evenings (before the community choir). The Events Choir sing at Weddings, Special Occasions, Corporate Events and can also be booked to perform live or recorded session work. For more information on the Events Choir please click here.