An ethereal and beautiful album of Christmas music by Chapel Choir was released today. A Winter's Night features a selection of classics including 'Ding dong! Merrily on High', 'Hark the Herald', and 'I Saw Three Ships'.
The Chapel Choir recorded the album in early January in the inspiring surroundings of Merton College Chapel, Oxford. It is one of the best places to record in the country; atmospheric with incredible acoustics. The choir recorded fourteen pieces over three days, accompanied by Onyx Brass, a professional ensemble. Singing and recording for up to seven hours a day, it was an incredible experience for the pupils as they learnt about the production and recording processes.
The album is being released on the Signum Classics label and is available to purchase from Cornflowers, on College Street, Winchester as well as online.
Winchester College has a choral tradition that started six centuries ago, and is the only school to maintain this in its original form. The youngest members of the choir, the Quiristers, have sung services in the Chapel for over 625 years. In modem times the Chapel Choir has evolved, performing internationally and renowned for its excellence.
Applications to join the Quiristers in September 2021 are now open.
12th February 2021
To mark Ash Wednesday next week our College Chaplain, the Rev Ross Maidment, has prepared this podcast to share with our community.
22nd November 2020
The Quiristers have recorded at Abbey Road studio to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
1st June 2020
Two brothers write of their experiences of lockdown together, with one studying for exams, and the other continuing his singing, remotely.
31st May 2020
Quiristers have been singing at Winchester College since 1394. The current situation could not be allowed to disrupt that tradition. Therefore online rehearsals and recording individual voices remotely have become the new ways of keeping the sound of Chapel Choir with us.
13th April 2020
In celebrating Easter - despite being separated from one another - James McKinnel finds reassurance that love, life and hope will win out in the end.
6th April 2020
Marking the start of Holy Week, the College Chaplain considers how we keep going when told to socially distance ourselves from ones we love.