Choir of Oxford students will stop in San Clemente on North American tour

The Cathedral Choir of Christ Church College, Oxford, will be performing at the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens this spring. Courtesy photo.
The Cathedral Choir of Christ Church College, Oxford, will be performing at the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens this spring. Courtesy photo.

By Jim Shilander

The Cathedral Choir of Christ Church College, Oxford, one of the oldest and most famous choirs in the world, will make a stop in San Clemente as a part of their North American tour, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens executive director Berenika Schmitz, a Christ Church alumna, announced this week.

In addition to a pair of performances, the choir, which consists of a mix of boys selected from throughout the United Kingdom for training at a special choir school at Oxford University, as well as men who work or study at the school, will hold a special workshop with choirs from San Clemente High School, South Orange County School of the Arts and Tesoro High School.

The group has performed for Queen Elizabeth and various other dignitaries, and was featured on the theme recordings for BBC television programs “Mr. Bean” and “The Vicar of Dibley.” The choir also performs at daily church services at the cathedral.

Schmitz said the choir’s weeklong stay in San Clemente will allow them to use the Casa as a home base.

“That’s wonderful, because, of course this is a home,” Schmitz said, referring to the Casa’s former owner, Ole Hanson, San Clemente’s founder.

In addition to a performance on Friday, March 28, the choir will also hold a special fundraising event for the Casa Wednesday, April 2. The event will include a recreation of the “High Table” at Christ Church, which was one of the models for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy in the Harry Potter series, and was home to Parliament during the English Civil War. The evening will include a private performance of the group and an auction for trip to Oxford that will include a three-night stay at Christ Church and dinner with the school’s dean.

Call 949.498.2139 for ticket information.

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