New College Choir was the first in Oxford to launch regular webcasts of choral services – to offer choral services to all who are unable to be in chapel. One service is selected for webcasting each week, and listeners will find choral evensongs as well as major festivals and the annual carol services. The webcast services are recorded live, with minimal post-production editing; so listeners will be participating in a ‘live’ experience, as if they were sitting in New College Chapel.
The music is offered not as a concert, but as part of the chapel’s tradition of Christian worship. You may imagine the choir gathering shortly after 5pm each day – choristers from their school, clerks from their university studies and places of work – to prepare the evening office. At 6pm the chapel is opened for the congregation, and at 6.15pm the choir processes to its stalls to sing the music you hear on the webcast. We hope you will enjoy your experience, and be able to enter a little into the life and work of New College Chapel and Choir. Webcasts are removed after each term, so are only available for listening for a limited time.