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Easter Course 2007
for Boy and Girl choristers from 9 to 16

Course Director:
Peter Smith
MA (Cantab), LTCL
Assistant Director of Music

Magdalen College School, Oxford

Course music list & schedule

The Oxford Three-Day Course in 2007 gathered together over 80 choristers widely spaced from churches in four counties: Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire. Magdalen College School was the centre for training, but each day the choristers processed along the Iffley Road to sing a service in the welcoming acoustic of St John's Church. A great variety of music was tackled with aplomb, from Easter carols and hymns, through plainchant and Anglican chant, to more demanding pieces from the 18th to 21st centuries.

The music was first taught in small groups about 20 by the skilled housemasters, Mr Matthew O'Donovan, Mr Jonathan White, Mrs Hannah Seward, and Mr Jamal Sutton. Then all came together under the Course Director, Mr Peter Smith, to finish preparing the music. A very high standard of tone, diction, and musicianship was achieved. The choristers clearly enjoyed the three days immensely, and their steady growth in confidence in what they were doing was rewarding to see and hear.

The best 30 singers were chosen to sing Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral the following Saturday, a truly memorable occasion for all who took part. Two of the choristers were rewarded for their tremendous efforts during the Three-Day Course with scholarships to the RSCM residential course in August at Bath. The administration of the course was carried out with his customary efficiency and effectiveness by Mr Philip Bowcock, and the mellifluously-voiced Chaplain was The Rev'd Ronald Lloyd.

The following choristers took part (names in bold indicate those chosen to sing Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, April 14th.)

Aston Clinton, St Michael and All Angels


Katharine Richfield-Andrews

    Helena Walters



Aylesbury, St Mary


Emily Hodgson




Rebecca Hodgson




Sarah Hopkins-Weaver




April Reading




Ellen Reading




Grace Reading




Christopher Davis




Erin Fitzsimons




Beatrice Law




Holly Lawson




Maisie Randall

      Ned Randall




Blewbury, St Michael


Victoria Ifould




Georgina Savage




Mariella Springford

      Elleanor Taylor





Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, St Agatha


Fiona Alder




Amy Aldworth




Daniel Baines




Lucy Baines




William Clamp-Gray




Stanley Glendenning




Lucy Govan




Isabel Ives




Becky Murton




Georgia Smith




Beatrice Vincent


Cookham Dean, St John the Baptist


Katherine Billinghurst




Poppy Justice


Cumnor, St Michael


Thea Hobbs




Anna Murphy




Philippa Sayers


Didcot, All Saints


Nicola Campbell




Ruth Phillips




Adela Rajnovic


Goring, St Thomas of Canterbury


Richard Parkinson



Stephen Parkinson


Odiham, All Saints


Christie Marsh




Aimee McClounan


Oxford , St Giles


Theodore Ross


Radley, Radley College


Campbell Baum




Kathryn Norris




Peter Norris




Daniel Shackleton




Alfred Smith Verret




Jean-Sebastien Verret


Radley, St James the Great


Alexandra Scott




Tara Scott


Rotherfield Peppard, All Saints


Helena Bell




Felicity Cunningham




Clara Davis




Stephanie Franklin




Catherine Hill




Megan Hill




Lily Hugh-Smith


Wallingford , St Mary-le-More


Bethany Barkwell




Emma Brown




Amy Dow




Polly Dow




Gemma Gothard




Katherine Sladden




Alice Walker




Lucy Walker




Harriet Wheatley


Wantage, SS Peter & Paul


Elizabeth Findley




Andrew Folkes




Hannah Folkes




Phillip Folkes




Eleanor Godfrey




Abigail Harper




Elspeth Martin




Freddie Martin




Jeremy Salter




Rachel Salter




Will Stanton


Wokingham, All Saints


Gemma Boylan




Celia Tinsley


Wootton, St Peter


Karl Young

Reports on
Easter Course 2006 and
Easter Course 2005

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