"A memorable tour, I think it’s safe to say – in fact, unforgettable for all of us."
Robert Quinney's detailed tour diary of our recent trip to Rome - during which we gave a concert in the Sistine Chapel with the Capella Sistina, sang at the Papal Pallium Mass in St Peter's, and met His Holiness Pope Francis - is now online, and can be seen here, in a dynamic, full-screen report on the visit, with photos.
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By mid-May, preparations for our trip to Rome were apace - the librarian's table groaning under the weight of music booklets bearing the papal arms, the song room resounding with Palestrina (amongst others), and, at the end of May, we had the treat of a visit by the Cappella Sistina, for a joint rehearsal for this exciting event - as well as being treated in turn to a Eucharist sung largely by the Clerks, including the magnificent Duruflé Messe 'Cum jubilo', and then joining with them in singing Parry's 'My soul, there is a country'. Radio Vaticana had an article about the event here.
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The Choir of New College Oxford is delighted to announce that we have been invited by the Holy See, and the Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, to the Vatican City at the end of June.
On the evening of Saturday 27 June, we will give a joint concert with the Cappella Sistina in the Sistine Chapel.
Then, on the morning of Monday 29 June, we will sing, with the Cappella Sistina, at the Papal Pallium Mass for the Solemnity of Ss. Peter & Paul, celebrated by His Holiness Pope Francis, in St. Peter's Basilica.
For information on timings and tickets, please see the relevant section of our Upcoming Events page.
The Choir of New College Oxford last visited Rome, by invitation of the Fondazione pro Musica e Arte Sacra, in December 2010: you can read Edward Higginbottom's news post concerning that tour here.
The first Somerville Chorister will be invested at Evensong on Sunday 3 May.
Last year a choristership was endowed in perpetuity by Dr Murray Forbes Somerville, a former Organ Scholar of New College. In honour of this most generous gift, a fine silver medallion, designed by Eliza Higginbottom, has been struck, to be worn by a senior chorister.
Dr Somerville writes,
“Hazel and I are very grateful for this opportunity to contribute to the musical tradition of New College Chapel, especially now as Robert Quinney, whose musical brilliance we have admired from afar for several years, begins to set new directions for this ancient choral foundation.
Robert Quinney added,
“I am delighted that New College Choir should have received so generous and supportive a recognition of its work - both its musical reputation, and its role as a beacon of our tradition, from which the boys involved benefit so deeply. We must do everything we can to safeguard that tradition, while enabling access to it from as wide a constituency as possible. Murray’s gift will help us do both, and sets a pattern I hope others will feel moved to imitate! I look forward to bestowing the splendid medallion on the first Somerville Chorister, in the presence of the benefactor, this Sunday at Evensong.”
We're pleased to announce the details of this year's Chorister Open Day, which will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 13 June, 4-6pm. If your son is aged somewhere between two and six, loves singing, and you're interested in the possibility of his being one of the Choristers of the Choir of New College Oxford, then this is the day for you - please do come along! No advance registration is required.
More information about the day can be found here.
You may also wish to view our information booklet for parents, Choristerships at New College, here.
This term's organ recital series provides a wide selection of organ music from our three resident organists,
as well as one from Christ Church. The four recitals, all of which are free entry, on Sundays at 4pm, are as follows:
Sunday 26 April - Alex Pott (Christ Church)
Music by Alain, Bach, Franck and Pott
Sunday 3 May - Timothy Wakerell (New College)
Music by Bach and Lionel Rogg
Sunday 10 May - Nicolas Haigh (New College)
Music by Alain, Buxtehude and de Olague
Sunday 17 May - Robert Quinney (New College)
Music by Couperin and Grier
With the restoration of the college organ now complete, we're now free to unleash the full might of the organ once more! This term's organ recitals are part of the Orgelbüchlein Project - a major international composition project to complete J.S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). The manuscript has 118 missing pieces, each of which will be filled by a new composition based on Bach’s intended melody.
4pm in New College Chapel
All are welcome - free entry
8 February - Robert Quinney (Organist)
Works from J. S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein,
and new commissions by Robert Saxton, Francis Pott and Jeremy Thurlow
15 Feburary - Nicolas Haigh (Organ Scholar)
Works from J. S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, BWV 639-641
and commissions by Thomas Neal, Graham Ross and Giles Swayne
22 February - Timothy Wakerell (Assistant Organist)
Works from J. S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, BWV 618-622
and commissions by Gabriel Jackson, Rhian Samuel (premiere) and Iain Farrington
Additionally, there are also two major events this term:
Work on the College organ continues apace, in time for the start of term. Goetze and Gwynn have completely renewed the key actions and other mechanisms over the summer vacation. The organ will be heard again for the first time on Saturday, 11 October at Evensong.
It can be heard in recital by the New College organists in the chapel's termly recital series, full details of which are in the Term Music List and on the Chapel Card.
Christopher Hogwood was so many things to British music-making over the last 50 years. To us, New College Choir, he was an inspiring presence in two wonderful recordings, Handel's Athalia, Haydn's Creation, and then in a series of December European tours of Messiah (sometimes Christmas Oratorio). These he directed with his customary finesse, generosity of spirit and musical flair. No concert was ever merely 'another concert'. He, and the Academy of Ancient Music, made for the most exciting and gratifying musical companions. Those in the Choir who participated in these projects count themselves fortunate. This of course represented a very small part of his activity. More broadly he made a quite unique, ground-breaking and massive contribution to Early Music - in his lifetime scarcely paralleled in its range and diversity of achievement. A truly remarkable person, intelligence sharp as a razor, musicianship of the first order, and a perfect gentleman. There are not many who combine all those qualities. EH
19 October - Robert Quinney (Organist)
J. S. Bach, Prelude in E flat, BWV 552i
C. P. E. Bach, Sonata in F, Wq 70/3
J. S. Bach, Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 688 & BWV 689
J. S. Bach, Fugue in E flat, BWV 552ii
26 October - Nicolas Haigh (Organ Scholar)
J. S. Bach, Prelude & Fugue in c, BWV 546
J. S. Bach, Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 622
C. P. E. Bach, Cantabile e mesto; Rondo
J. S. Bach, Sonata IV, BWV 528
2 November - Timothy Wakerell (Assistant Organist)
C. P. E. Bach, Fantasia & Fugue in c, Wq 119/7
J. S. Bach, Sonata V, BWV 529
C. P. E. Bach, Sonata in a, Wq 70/4
W. F. Bach, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, Fk 38/1 no 1
W. F. Bach, Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, Fk 38/1 no 5
J. S. Bach, Prelude & Fugue in G, BWV 541
ALL WELCOME - FREE ENTRY