The Chapel and Chapel Services
Trinity Term 2021
Students, staff and fellows are welcome to chapel services this term. The choristers will be singing evensong with the clerks on Sundays at 5.45pm, and the clerks will sing compline on Tuesdays at 9.00pm and evensong on Thursdays at 6.15pm. You will need to book a place on Eventbrite; links for booking will be emailed regularly to college members. Sunday evensong and Tuesday compline 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
The world-famous New College Choir still sing Evensong, which everyone is free to attend.