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.
1st May 2022
Over the Easter holidays the Chapel Choir, including the Quiristers, took the opportunity to go on tour to Durham, singing in the splendour of the city's Cathedral.
19th March 2022
On Sunday 13 March, the College hosted a moving performance of Oliver Tarney's St Mark Passion.
6th March 2022
Winchester will welcome a new Senior Chaplain in the summer, following the departure of Rev Justin White.
10th December 2021
Each year, the festive Mince Pie concert takes place in College Hall. Celebrate Christmas with a view of this year's recording.
19th October 2021
We have an exciting opportunity for four young boys to join the Winchester College Chapel Choir in September 2022 as Quiristers. Find out more about what it's like to be a part of one of the country's most famous choirs.
10th September 2021
Congratulations to the fourteen exceptional musicians who gained their music diplomas this summer.