The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford: director David Crown
In recent years the choir has sung services and concerts at Worcester, Southwark, Winchester and Wells, Blackburn and St. Paul's cathedrals. In 2005 and 2009 the choir toured Germany under the patronage of Sir Peter Torry, the British ambassador to Germany, and sang services and concerts in Berlin, Potsdam and Brandenburg. A third foreign tourtook the choir to Italy where we sang in Milan, Crema and Lodi.
The choir has been involved in two opera productions (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Gluck's Orfeo ed Eurydice as well as high-profile concerts in Oxford, Brighton, Swindon and Upton. In 2009/2010 the choir appeared in a memorial concert for Iris Murdoch, performed Händel's Messiah in Oxford and gave a performance of John Tavener's Song for Athene in the presence of the composer.
In 2010/2011 Somerville Choir performed Bach's St John Passion and recorded its first commercial CD Requiem æternam (Maurice Duruflé's Requiem and Robin Milford's Mass for Five Voices) which was released by Stone Records in August 2012. The album features internationally acclaimed soloists Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Mark Stone (baritone) and Guy Johnston (cello) and was recorded at Douai.
In 2011/2012 the choir performed Bach's Easter cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden and Schubert's Mass in G with a professional orchestra and sang evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne. The choir also undertook a tour of Lancashire churches and sang at Blackburn Cathedral and Lancaster Priory.
Their director, David Crown, is also well known to Douai and other local audiences as the director of the Reading Phoenix Choir