In early January I was fortunate to go as part of Chapel Choir to Merton College, Oxford to record an album of Christmas music, A Winter’s Night. Merton College's Chapel is one of the best places to record in the country. It’s a beautiful building and the acoustics are truly incredible.
We recorded fourteen pieces over the three days and the album will also feature three performances by Onyx Brass, the amazing ensemble who collaborated with us on some of our pieces. Singing and recording for up to seven hours a day is a gruelling process. You have to go over phrases and verses until they are absolutely perfect. Thankfully, we had an amazing team. Our producer, Isabella Gardiner was endlessly supportive and always had something positive to say to keep our spirits up. We got through our schedule on time thanks to all the work that Mr Ionascu had put in over the last few months. We’re also extremely grateful to all the dons who took time from their holiday to help us: Mr Cunningham, our organist, Mr Tarney, Mr Thomas, Ms Quinault, and Mr Hurley.
When we weren’t busy recording we were able to look around Oxford and Mr Tarney organised thing for us to do in the evenings, such as going to see the film 1917. We also explored St Anne’s College, where we were staying.
The opportunity to record in Merton College was very special and the music we were singing was really fun; I’m so glad to have done it. I’m looking forward to continuing Choir this term and our tour of the Baltics, including concerts in Riga and Tallinn, this February.
The album will be released by Signum Records later this year, once all the editing and collating is finished. News of its release will be shared on our website.
Photographs courtesy of Mr Thomas.
10th February 2020
Rev Justin White's address to boys and staff in Chapel this morning celebrated Darwin's birthday.
12th December 2019
The Mince Pie Concerts are one of the highlights of the advent calendar at school. Sixth form pupil, and appreciative audience member, Carson reviews this year's offering.
7th November 2019
Further success for upper-sixth musician Luke, who has been appointed Organ Scholar of Worcester Cathedral for 2020-21. His role will involve playing in Cathedral services and helping train the choristers.
19th July 2019
The summer break gives many of us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year. As we said goodbye to some very long serving staff and our sixth form pupils, the College Chaplain used his final service of the academic year, to speak of freedom and the importance of good advice. Here is an extract from that address.
10th May 2019
Winchester College Chapel Choir joined three others for an historic Evensong, continuing the tradition of the four choirs gathering as part of their Amicabilis Concordia, signed in 1444.
7th March 2019
Pupil, Arthur Lyhne-Gold highlights why the famous choral music, sung by the Chapel Choir at this years’ service, came to be.