On Sunday 13 March 2022, the College hosted a performance of Oliver Tarney’s St Mark Passion: a powerful setting of the narrative of Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion, based on St Mark’s account. Winchester College Glee Club was joined by eight brilliant soloists, a professional orchestra, and a professional choir, Sansara, who sang the semi-chorus parts.
Head of Composition, Oliver Tarney combined with librettist and English don Lucia Quinault to write the work. Commissioned by the St Endellion Easter Festival, and first performed on Good Friday 2019, this dramatic and profound setting of the Passion narrative does not, as Tarney writes, “depict the horror and humiliation of the events surrounding the crucifixion itself” but rather uses the parables and miracles of Jesus to “provide a lens through which to apprehend the most appalling part of the story”.
This was its first Winchester performance, with Assistant Director of Chapel Music Ben Cunningham conducting the combined forces. The performance included the church bell from St Endellion, Cornwall, and was part of the College's Visiting Artists series.
The performance was met with a well-deserved standing ovation from a packed New Hall and Headmaster, Tim Hands, commented: “This was an evening no one will forget: original, ingenious, intelligent, moving and, at times, indisputably profound.”
4th July 2022
The Wykeham Eve concert at the end of the summer term is a highlight of the school year.
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.
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.
10th September 2021
Congratulations to the fourteen exceptional musicians who gained their music diplomas this summer.
25th May 2021
Last weekend sixth form pupils led a 24 hour music festival, involving performers of all ages and raising over £5000 for charity. They entertained a small live audience as well as parents and friends, via a livestream of the entire event.
16th October 2020
'A Winter's Night' is a wonderful collection of Christmas classics and choral music from Winchester's Chapel Choir. Released on Signum records on 16 October 2020.