The Chapel and Chapel Services
Hilary Term 2021
We're very pleased to welcome you back virtually from Sunday 24 January. Although the choristers cannot join us while schools remain closed, a small choir of clerks will be singing evensong on Sundays at 5.45pm and Compline on Tuesdays at 9.00pm. Services will be livestreamed on the New College Choir YouTube channel. We will not have a congregation in chapel for at least the first few weeks of term.
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
The world-famous New College Choir still sing Evensong, which everyone is free to attend.