We have an exciting opportunity for four young boys to join the Winchester College Chapel Choir in September 2022 as Quiristers. We are now recruiting for boys who are currently in Year 4. Auditions will take place next March, but we would be delighted to hear from any boy who is interested and would like to meet with the Director of Chapel Music informally.
When William of Wykeham founded Winchester College in 1382 he made provision for 16 young boys between the ages of 9 and 13 to sing in the Chapel. The school has maintained this same choral foundation for more than 600 years and the Quiristers, or Qs as they are usually known, form a vital part of Winchester College’s Chapel Choir.
The Quiristers perform regularly in the UK and have a busy schedule, alongside their weekly services singing in Chapel. Recent projects have included recording for BBC Radio 3, concerts in Birmingham Symphony Hall and recording at Abbey Road Studios.
Mr Howard Ionascu, Director of Chapel Music commented, ‘This is a wonderful and unique opportunity for any boy who loves to sing. In addition to forming close friendships and having huge amounts of fun, Quiristers are trained to a professional standard, performing in some of the most prestigious venues, both in the UK and overseas.’
Quiristers are educated and board at The Pilgrims' School and receive a 40% bursary towards the fees, with further means-tested bursary provision available for those who require it.
Please contact Mr Howard Ionascu, Director of Chapel Music to find out more.
9th August 2022
Each year Winchester College welcomes hundreds of visitors to events, art exhibitions and specialist tours of the school and its collections for Heritage Open Days. This year, in-person events will return to the College with bookings now open.
14th January 2023
A new album to coincide with significant Winchester College anniversaries has been recorded in New Hall and will be released in early 2024.
19th September 2022
On Sunday 11 September the whole school gathered for a Commemoration Service in War Cloister, marking the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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.
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.