The Chapel and Chapel Services
The chapel is a place of sanctuary, of ancient words and music, of peace and contemplation, and is open to everyone. There is no need to be a member of the college or even of the university. There is no dress code, no entry requirement, and no need to be part of any religious tradition. May you find peace and light in this place where prayer has been valid for more than 600 years.
See below for details of our regular and special services. Groups of more than 10 must book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for details of music at chapel services.
Safeguarding: The choristers of the Choir of New College, Oxford, are pupils at New College School. The College adheres to the School's safeguarding policy (https://www.newcollegeschool.org < About NCS < Contract and Policies) in all matters concerning children. Full safeguarding contact details are available in hard copy in New College Chapel and in digital copy within the above safeguarding policy.
Weddings: If you are a current or former student or staff member interested in getting married at New College, please contact email@example.com. Please note weddings only take place on specific dates in July and August. We are fully booked for 2024.
Regular chapel services resume with evensong at 6.15pm on Friday 6 October 2023.
Carol Services: current students, staff and fellows and old members (1978-99) will be invited to apply for tickets. We regret that we may be unable to reply to requests for tickets from the general public.
Michaelmas Term 2023 Regular services (Friday 6 October - Saturday 2 December):
Sunday 17.45 Choral Evensong
Monday 18.15 Choral Evensong (Clerks' Voices)
Tuesday 18.15 Choral Evensong
Thursday 18.15 Choral Evensong or Choral Vespers (Boys' Voices)
Friday 18.15 Choral Evensong
Saturday 17.45 Choral Evensong or Choral Eucharist
Sunday evensong and special services will also be livestreamed on the New College Choir YouTube channel.
When William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, founded New College at the end of the fourteenth century, he placed the service of God at the heart of College life. The Chapel was made the most inspiring of the College buildings and was provided with a permanent choir to support and enliven its worship.
The Chapel community today seeks to carry forward this same tradition of praise and thanksgiving, petition and intercession, as part of its local witness to the universal presence and power of God's love. We are an inclusive community, and hope that all who come here will find themselves welcome.
Together, the Chapel and Ante-Chapel form the first T-shaped plan, a form which has since become familiar in a number of Oxford and Cambridge college chapels.
There are many items of interest housed within, including:
William of Wykeham's crozier
18th century stained glass
A spectacular reredos
A large ornamental screen behind the altar
A statue of Lazarus by Jacob Epstein