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Choir of New College Oxford

Choir of New College Oxford

The Choir of New College Oxford, composed of men and boy trebles, is one of the leading choral ensembles in the world, celebrated for its distinctive and stylish performance of music from five centuries. You can hear the choir in choral services live in New College Chapel, Oxford, and via webcasts, on concert tours and on its 100+ recordings. The choir is directed by Robert Quinney.

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Choir of New College Oxford

The Choir of New College Oxford, composed of men and boy trebles, is one of the leading choral ensembles in the world, celebrated for its distinctive and stylish performance of music from five centuries. You can hear the choir in choral services live in New College Chapel, Oxford, and via webcasts, on concert tours and on its 100+ recordings. The choir is directed by Robert Quinney.

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Chorister Recruitment for 2021

We are recruiting choristers for entry into the choir in September 2021. Auditions on Tuesday 12 January 2021 in New College School for boys now in year 2. Choristerships offer a unique and unparalleled musical education, with extraordinary opportunities for performances, recordings and tours. All choristers also enjoy generous bursaries at New College School.

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Sunday Times Review - Media Vita

We're very proud of this lovely review from The Sunday Times! Media Vita is out now!

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Michaelmas Term Organ Recitals

For the duration of Michaelmas term we will be streaming twice weekly organ recitals, performed by our resident organists and organ scholars, via our YouTube channel.

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Media Vita - Released 23rd October!

New College Choir is delighted to announce its upcoming release of music by English Renaissance composer, John Sheppard.

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apart/together 2 - Laudate Pueri

Our choristers' second recording of lockdown, recorded remotely over the summer in collaboration with Positive Note productions, is of Mendelssohn's beautiful Laudate Pueri.

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apart/together - Bach's Letzte Stunde

During this year's Lockdown, our choristers produced a poignant call for attention, as the pandemic threatens the future of choral music in Britain.

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Friends of New College Choir

To ensure New College Choir is still being heard beyond the walls of the college, particularly on recordings and in concert halls, we are launching the Friends of New College Choir to build a stronger connection between the choir and all who love its work. Click below to find out more about this exciting new scheme.

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Latest Release

Parry: Songs of Farewell and other choral works

Novum NCR1394
RELEASE DATE: 28 September 2018

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2018 marks the centenary of Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918). We hope you will please consider our new release for review. As is well known, Parry was a dominant force in British music making. Yet recent scholarship has demonstrated how his music brought his native land into the European musical mainstream, through its assimilation of continental—specifically German—models.

This disc situates Parry’s music in its European context. Parry was a social and political liberal, and crucially—like all the leading British musicians of his time—his horizons extended beyond the island of his birth. His late set of six motets, Songs of Farewell, are among his greatest achievements in any musical genre, demonstrating his capacity for deeply affecting introspection. In this recording, they are prefaced by another sextet: the pithy Sechs Sprüche by Mendelssohn, which make clear the debt Parry owed to his continental forebears and contemporaries.

Moreover, this recording presents, for the first time, an early version of ‘There is an old belief’, edited by Robert Quinney from the autograph manuscripts in Oxford’s Bodleian Library and a printed proof copy. The evidence suggests Parry vacillated between two strikingly different versions of the section ‘serene in changeless prime’ until shortly before publication.

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