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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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Service Details & Music Lists

Full details of this term's choral services are found under Listen where you will find links to the Music List for each week. This term's music will be published weekly, rather than as a full list.

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Michaelmas Term Organ Recitals

Thursdays at 1.00 pm. This term's recitals will be open again to visitors, as well as livestreamed on the choir's Youtube channel. 21 October: Margaret Phillips (RCM) 28 October: Hamish Fraser (New College) 4 November: Jamie Andrews (New College) 11 November: Benjamin Sheen (Christ Church) 18 November: Robert Quinney (New College) 25 November: Ben Nicholas (Merton College) 2 December: Dónal McCann (New College)

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Supporting New College Choir

If you have enjoyed our live-streamed services, concerts and recordings, and would like to support the work of the choir, we would be most grateful.

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Media Vita - Gramophone review

We're very proud of this enormously generous review from Gramophone!

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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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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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Latest Release

John Sheppard Media Vita

Release Date:  23 October 2020

This debut release with Linn Records features the works of the English Renaissance composer John Sheppard, including his most celebrated work, Media Vita, and four motets which receive their premiere recordings.

New College Choir was already 150 years old when Sheppard arrived in Oxford. His boundary-pushing polyphony requires the skill and precision of liturgical professionals, and under Robert Quinney’s direction the choir gives compelling performances. Described by Linn Records as ‘another distinctive and stylish performance from this acclaimed choir’, this disc marks the first in a new series of recordings for the Linn label.

Sunday Times: best 3 new releases 18 October 2020

John Sheppard: Media Vita/Choir of New College, Oxford/Quinney; Linn Records CKD 632
‘These seven beguiling pieces by John Sheppard were written late in his career, in Mary Tudor’s reign.  Four receive significant first recordings.  And the immense hymn setting Media vita makes for a glorious finale. Robert Quinney shapes graceful performances, with Sheppard’s often dense textures never feeling congested, and the New College boys’ sound is pleasingly open and natural.’ Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times, 18 October 2020

Click on the link below to listen to a track from the Album.

Selected as one of the top releases in the December issue of Gramophone in 2020: click on the link below to read the full review. 

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