Hilary Term 2020:
You will be able to join us online for choral services from Sunday 24th January at 5.45 pm. The choristers cannot join us while schools are closed, but a small choir of clerks will sing Choral Evensong on Sundays at 5.45 and Compline on Tuesdays at 9pm. We will not have a congregation in chapel for the first few weeks of term.
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 men 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 Organist, 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.