“Music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired”

-Boethius cited by Storr

“Oxford University is home to some of the greatest choral music in the world – through the services, performances, recording and tours of its literally dozens of choirs.

For six months, starting in July, Oxford Today will show you how an Oxford choir works – going behind the scenes to understand what it takes to sing at a world-class level, and understanding the scholarship, discipline and passion for excellence that underpins every note. We’ll also be giving Oxford Today readers online the chance to vote for their favourite pieces of Christmas choral music, with the most popular being performed at the famous Christmas service of the choir of New College, Oxford in December, and made available for Oxford Today readers to download.

Click here to watch the third video.

The third film in the series.

There are people who listen to music, people who study music: and then a small number who go deeper, to understand the relationship between music and the brain.

See the scanners that look inside the mind as it listens to music, learn about music’s links with language and human emotion, and discover the toll it takes on the researchers who investigate the thing they love, in the latest episode of ‘Oxford in Voice’

Part three of a six-month series.

Featuring award-winning organist and composer David Maw, the choir of The Queen’s College Oxford, Kenneth Tickell Ltd, and the chapels of Keble College, New College, and Oriel College Oxford.”


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