Choir and Chapel

Christmas 2021

Midnight Mass this year will be strictly by ticket only for current students, staff and fellows. We wish everyone a blessed and peaceful Christmas and look forward to welcoming you in the new year.

Hilary Term 2022

Weekly services (Friday 14 January - Saturday 12 March):

Please note that this schedule is subject to change according to government and university guidance.

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 - 18 January, 1 and 15 February, 1 March)

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

Epiphany Carols on Sunday 16 January 2022 at 5.45pm

Candlemas Evensong with Candlelit Procession on Sunday 30 January 2022 at 5.45pm

Cantata Vespers on Sunday 13 February 2022 at 5.45pm

Readings and Music for the Season of Lent on Sunday 13 March 2022 at 5.45pm

J. S. Bach's St John Passion on Sunday 27 March time tbd (paid, ticketed event)



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.