Alex is a founder of the Newman Consort. She read German as an undergraduate at Wadham College, Oxford, where she also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and doctoral studies. During her time at Oxford, Alex enjoyed singing regularly with a number of ensembles. She was also a Choral Scholar at Pusey House and a Choral Bursar at Exeter College.
Bass, Musical Director (2011-14)
A native of New Jersey, Paul completed a DPhil in music at The Queen's College working on fifteenth-century motets, supported by a Clarendon Fund Scholarship and Queen's College Graduate Studentship. He previously received a masters in music (also at Queen's) and a bachelors in music at Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He has enjoyed being a part of the Newman Consort since its foundation at Easter 2011. He has directed various other vocal groups including the schola and polyphonic choir of the Oxford University Gregorian Chant Society and the Harvard Chamber Singers.
Christopher is currently reading for a DPhil in Musicology at Worcester College. His research, partially funded by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, focuses on the relationship between text, music, and scribal transmission in sixteenth-century English manuscripts. He previously completed a Master of Arts degree in Musicology and Theory and a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance with Honours at the Faculty of Music, Toronto. A Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Christopher has served as the Principal Organist of Toronto's St Michael's Roman Catholic Cathedral and the Organ Scholar of Trinity College Chapel at the University of Toronto. Published in 2008, his edition of The New Plainsong Psalter is currently in use by the Anglican Church of Canada.
Soprano, Choral Scholar
I'm currently a third year Music student at Merton College, and have been singing with the Newman Consort since October 2011. I also sing with the Chapel Choir of the Queen's College, Pusey House and Schola Cantorum, besides depping at various places, solo and opera work. I've really enjoyed the experience of small consort work, some unusual and (to me at least!) little-known repertoire, and singing in the beautiful acoustic at Holy Rood! Being part of the Ordinariate community here, and being involved in special occasions such as Ordinations makes this feel like more than just a job to be done.
Bass, Choral Scholar
I've just finished my second undergraduate year reading Mathematics at Oxford, and relish the opportunity to sing with the Newman Consort. The regular performance of recusant and renaissance polyphony in addition to Oxford's typical repertoire of canticles and anthems provides a satisfying diversity and freshness, whilst musical excursions ranging from Dufay to Durufle ensure that I am kept on my toes. I have immense fun singing in the small (primarily 1-to-a-part) ensemble, as it provides an intimate chamber music feel, fostering close musical and social ties and enabling a strengthening of my musicality.