Details of the study repertoire for 2020 will be announced in late Spring of 2020. It will be drawn from the English choral tradition and will include a number of works that fall outside the standard canon, together with those that appear more frequently on Oxford college chapel music lists. Repertoire in past years has included Sarum chant and anonymous medieval pieces together with polyphonic works by Sheppard, Parsons, Gibbons, Taverner, Crotch, Handel, Ouseley, Stainer, Walton, Rubbra and Part.
Seminar rehearsals are held each weekday morning from 10.15am to 12 noon and each weekday afternoon from 2pm to 3.30pm, each following a set theme. The remainder of the afternoon is for individual study or for exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city. There is an evening session daily after dinner, from 8.30pm - 9.30pm, on a variety of themes. An introductory session on the first Sunday evening opens the course which concludes with a performance event on the Saturday before the final dinner. Students depart after breakfast on the final Sunday. This course runs in parallel with the Composing for Choirs course whose students are included in the vocal ensemble.
Plainchant and medieval music
Music of the Sixteenth century
Sessions with Stephen Darlington
Music of the Seventeenth to early Twentieth centuries
Music of the Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries