Choir and Chapel

https://forms.office.com/r/J8RCffWHcHThe 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. Groups of more than 10 are asked to book by emailing chapel.administrator@new.ox.ac.uk

The traditional Anglican service of Evensong is at the heart of the chapel’s life but the choir also sings for major feast days in the church’s year, carol services and special college events. Choral services take place each day (except Wednesday) in university terms. May you find peace and light in this place where prayer has been valid for more than 600 years.

If you are a current or former student or staff member interested in getting married at New College, please read these guidelines before making an enquiry.

If you would like to submit names to be read at the Requiem for All Souls on Saturday 29 October 2022, please use this form.

Regular chapel services resume with evensong at 6.15pm on Friday 7 October 2022.

New College Chapel Weekly Services Michaelmas Term 2022

New College Chapel Special Services Michaelmas Term 2022

Michaelmas Term 2022

Daily services (Friday 7 October - Saturday 3 December):

Sunday 17.45 Choral Evensong

Monday 18.15 Choral Evensong (Clerks' Voices)

Tuesday 18.15 Choral Evensong

Tuesday 21.00 Choral Compline (Clerks' Voices; odd weeks only - 11 and 25 October, 8 and 22 November)

Thursday 18.15 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.
 

Special Services

Saturday, 8 October 2022 18.30             Freshers' Evensong

Sunday, 9 October 2022 17.45                Evensong with Surplicing

Sunday, 16 October 2022 17.45             Cantata Vespers

Saturday, 29 October 2022 17.45           Requiem for All Souls

Sunday, 30 October 2022 17.45             College Commemoration Service

Sunday, 13 November 2022 17.45         Evensong for Remembrance Sunday

Saturday, 19 November 2022 17.45       Evensong on Memoriam Alastair Putt

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 18.15        Arvo Pärt Evensong

 

The Advent and Christmas carol services are strictly for current members of college (students, staff, fellows, choir families) and their guests, who will be invited to apply for tickets. We regret we may not be able to respond to requests for tickets from members of the public. Old members will be invited to the service on Saturday 10 December. Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve is open to the public; students, staff and fellows of New College will be invited to reserve seats.

 

Sunday, 27 November 2022 16.00         Advent Carol Service

Sunday, 4 December 2022 16.00             Christmas Carol Service

Saturday, 10 December 2022 16.00       Old Members' Carol Service

Wed., 14 December 2022 16.30              Family Carol service: New College only

Saturday, 24 December 2022 23.00       Midnight Mass: all are welcome

 

The Chapel and Choir

The Chapel has been a fundamental part of New College life since the College’s foundation in 1379, when William of Wykeham placed the building at the heart of the college and endowed a choir of clerks and boys to sing daily services. The Choir of New College is now internationally renowned, but even today their primarily role is to sing at chapel services, which form a gathering point for students, staff and fellows, and are also attended by members of the local community and visitors from around the world. For people of all faiths or none, the Chapel and its choral services provide a place of quiet and contemplation away from the stresses of daily life. Although the Chapel was founded to serve the College community of fellows, students and staff, we welcome all our visitors who are drawn to its history, its music and its witness of faith.

In addition to singing at services, the Choir of New College has a busy concert and touring schedule, and has also released over 100 recordings. The Director of Music, Mr Robert Quinney, welcomes enquiries from prospective students and parents of prospective choristers. More information about the Choir can be found on the Choir of New College website

Music has always been a strength of New College, and the Chapel is used by students and external groups for concerts, plays and lectures that form a welcome and diverse contribution to College life. Full details of how to book the Chapel can be found in the Concert Guidelines.