Common Time 2019

Winchester College


Glee Club
Open to boys, their parents and staff, Glee Club is the School's choral society, a mixed voice un-auditioned choir of around 100 singers which gives two concerts a year, including one large-scale work each November in Winchester Cathedral in conjunction with the Winchester Music Club. Recent performances have included the Brahms Requiem with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Britten's War Requiem, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast , Elgar's Dream of Gerontius and Handel's Messiah.

Chapel Choir
As old as the College itself, the Chapel Choir is Winchester College's most illustrious and historic musical ensemble. Please visit the Chapel Choir and Quirister page for more detail.

Cantores Episcopi
Cantores Episcopi is the small close harmony group comprising some of Winchester College's finest singers. Made up of five boys and one Don, the group explores an eclectic mix of music of both the sacred and secular repertoire. Founded in 1973, the group has enjoyed an unbroken tradition since its beginnings of fun-filled close harmony singing, exploring a vast repertoire of popular songs, famous arrangements and home-grown compositions. A concert of candlelit sacred music is also given once a year alongside other highly popular secular concerts throughout the year including the traditional Christmas Mince Pie concert.
Cantores also regularly record; their most recent discs include Christmas with Cantores (2012), Steal Away Home: Folksongs and Spirituals (2015) and most recently, Amate: Love Songs in Close Harmony (2017). Please contact Jamal Sutton to purchase any of these CDs or for further information about the group.

St Michael's Choir
This 40-strong choir sings some 20 services a year in St Michael's Church (the School's second chapel) and in College Chapel. Membership is drawn from boys in the lower two years. Using a repertoire chosen to suit changing voices, St Michael's Choir provides an opportunity for boys to sing to a high standard at a crucial stage in their development, taking part in concerts and tours as well as services. Over 100 boys sing in Chapel Choir and St Michael's Choir, and the two choirs combine on major occasions.

This small vocal group is drawn from younger boys and sings a variety of repertoire, mostly secular, at concerts throughout the year.

Other vocal music
Operas and musicals, often involving large casts and professional soloists, are staged in New Hall or the Queen Elizabeth II Theatre, and some of our music theatre is produced and directed with great success entirely by boys. L'Elisir d'Amore, The Hired Man, Guys and Dolls and The Mikado are among the most recent productions.

The House Singing Competitions, held in February, are keenly contested and provide an occasion for many boys to sing together both in unison and harmony. Solo singers regularly perform at the Chamber Music concerts and at the Songfest which takes place each summer term.

For information about our orchestras and other instrumental groups, please visit Instrumental Ensembles.