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Members of the Merton College Girls' Choir in 2018 - Photo: © KT Bruce

Merton College Girls' Choir

Merton College Girls Choir was formed in 2016 and consists of up to 24 girls between the ages of 10 and 16.

The choir sings Evensong on Wednesdays during University term, and the girls are drawn from many local schools. The girls rehearse twice each week after school. For occasional services and other events, the girls sing with the College Choir.

The choir has already take part in a number of high-profile events, including a concert for Oxford University Press in December 2016, and joining Merton College Choir and Oxford Baroque for a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion in April 2017.

The Director of Music, Benjamin Nicholas, is happy to hear prospective girl choristers (aged 10-15). To make an appointment please call Sarah Cotterill, Chapel Administrator, on 01865 616724.

Girls' Choir news

The Girls’ Choir spent the August Bank Holiday weekend in Gloucestershire during which time they prepared for the beginning of their second year of singing in the College Chapel. They stayed in Fawley House at Dean Close School in Cheltenham, and enjoyed the school’s excellent facilities as well as shopping in the town centre. On the way home they sang the Sunday morning Eucharist at Cirencester Parish Church.

The following month they sang an Evensong in Keble College Chapel, attended by the bishops of the Church of England, who were in Oxford for their annual meeting.  Afterwards they were thanked by, and photographed with, the College’s Visitor!


What are the benefits to being a chorister?

  • Singing music by great composers in one of Oxford’s most famous buildings;
  • taking part in services and concerts in Oxford and further afield;
  • receiving lessons from an experienced singing teacher;
  • making friends and getting to know new people with similar interests; and
  • occasional opportunities to sing with the undergraduate College Choir.

This is an entirely free opportunity: robes, singing lessons and refreshments are all provided.

What is the time commitment?

  • Monday: 4:45pm-6:00pm Rehearsal (refreshments available from 4:30pm)
  • Wednesday: 4:45pm-5:55pm Rehearsal; 6:15pm-6:50pm Evensong

These are the core duties during school term. The choir will have occasional extra commitments during the Christmas and Easter holidays, for which advance notice will always be given.

Do I have to be religious?

There is no requirement to have experience of Anglican worship or traditions but families need to be comfortable with the Chapel’s Christian ethos and that the choir will lead both the said and sung parts of the service.


For further information, please contact Sarah Cotterill, Chapel Administrator, on 01865 616724.

Photo: © John Cairns -