Chapel and Magnolia Tree

Erica Longfellow

Dean of Divinity.  Erica leads the worship in chapel and co-ordinates the daily services with the Associate Chaplain and the Organist. She is responsible for religious life in the wider college, and organises services to mark key points in teh college year, discussion groups, talks and social events for students, staff and fellows. She also has a role at New College School, including leading the weekly School Service in chapel. She is available to talk to any member of college about any issue, and only talks about religion with those who want to.

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Susan Bridge

Associate Chaplain. Susan leads worship services in chapel and assists with chapel activities and events. Both our chaplains are experienced in pastoral listening and support in secular and religious contexts. They are available to any member of College, and they won't talk about religion unless you do. 

Susan Bridge


Robert Quinney

Fellow and Tutor in Music & Organist (Director of the Choir). He is responsible, along with his fellow music tutors, for academic music in the college, his research focusing especially on the music of J.S. Bach. As well as conducting the choir on a daily basis, he is an internationally acclaimed organist. 
He directs the daily choral services in chapel and conducts the choir in recordings and concerts. He is always happy to talk to potential applicants in music or singers interested in applying for a choral scholarship. For all matters relating to the choir, please contact Nancy-Jane Rucker. 

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Dónal McCann 

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As Assistant Organist, Dónal accompanies New College Choir and assists the Organist in the training of the choristers. He is responsible for the chapel’s organ recital series and also teaches undergraduate music in the college.  
Nancy-Jane Rucker

As Choir Administrator, she works closely with the Dean of Divinity and Organist to co-ordinate all chapel services, as well as managing the choir's diary. Visitors are always welcome in her office near the chapel to discuss potential projects. 

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Elizabeth Fitzpatrick

Elizabeth is the Chapel Administrator. She is the first contact for anyone interested in chapel services or booking the chapel or cloisters for an event. She works closely with the Dean of Divinity to co-ordinate all chapel services, as well as managing the chapel diary. 

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Bronwen Mills

Choir Singing Teacher.  She teaches both chorister and academical clerks and advises the Organist on all aspects of the choir's vocal training. 

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Organ scholars:  each year one or two undergraduate organ scholars work with the Organist and Assistant Organist in playing for all services and training the choristers.  They also play an active part in college music as accompanists at concerts, and as recitalists. This year the Senior Organ scholar is Hamish Fraser, and the Junior Organ Scholar is Jamie  Andrews. 

Chapel Graduate Scholar: the Chapel Graduate Scholar co-ordinates the servers and assists the clergy and the verger in preparing for services. The current scholar is Bradley Hoover.  

Chapel Officers: each year the Dean of Divinity appoints up to three officers from amongst the students to help with chapel services and events, especially as servers, readers and ushers at major college events.  Anyone interested in this role is welcome to contact the Dean of Divinity.  This year's officers are Edward Clarke, Alasdair Cuthbert, and Aeron Laffere

Christian Union and Catholic Reps: representatives of these two groups help co-ordinate discussion between the different Christian communities in college and organize special services.  This year's reps are Liz Vincent (CU) and Jane Cooper (Catholic).

Head VergerJamie Bell prepares the chapel for services, and manages visitors and chapel security.

Choir Wardrobe ManagerFiona Hodges alters, repairs and cleans the choir's robes. With growing choristers there is a lot of work for her to do!


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