"The Magdalen Choir… make an exceptional sound, and the direction is notable for its attention to inner detail and clear sense of architecture." (Gramophone)
“[The Choir] sings with an intensity suitable to the intimately sensuous nature of the work.” (The Observer 5*)
Advent and Christmas 2023
The Choir enjoyed a rather successful December, with Carol Services to mark the beginning of Advent and the oncoming of the festive season. These included, for the second time, an Alumni & Friends service in the splendid surroundings of All Saints, Margaret Street (just a short stroll away from Oxford Circus, for those unfamiliar).
It was most heartening to see a greater turnout than ever before, and it will be a task to equal it this coming December! However, in the meantime services in Chapel shall resume in the Hilary term, starting the day after the feast of St Hilary on Sunday 14th January with a Sung Eucharist at 11am and a Festal Choral Evensong for Epiphany at 6pm.
COMPLETE WORKS OF BACH
SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2023
The Chapel of Magdalen College, Oxford
Our assistant organist and tutor to the choristers, Alexander Pott gave his first recital in his 'complete works of Bach' series which will take place throughout this academic year.
He performed to a packed antechapel and raised over £300 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, the cause to which all proceeds from this series will be donated.
Details of the remaining concerts can be found in the Forthcoming services and Events page
THE CHOIR WELCOMES ITS NEW MEMBERS
Thank you to Hugh Warwick for capturing this year's Choir over the last week or so, including our six new Clerks, our five new probationers, our three new Consort members, our new Organ Scholar, our four new Head and Deputy Head Choristers, and our newly-admitted Honorary Chaplain. We wish them all the very best of luck as they join the Chapel & Choir family here.
COMBINED EVENSONG WITH MERTON CHORISTERS
THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2023
We were delighted to welcome the Girl Choristers of Merton College to sing a service of Choral Evensong for the feast of Saint Matthew alongside our Choristers; the service featured music by Ridout, Malcom Archer, Burgon, Mendelsson, and Bach.
BE A CHORISTER FOR A DAY
SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2023
It was a treat for us to welcome several youngsters to the Chapel for our 'Be a Chorister for a Day' event. Our own choristers were delighted to be joined by such an enthusiastic group of young singers in Evensong, with music by Richard Rodney Bennett and Hildegard of Bingen amongst others. Thank you to Hugh Warwick for photos.
TOUR TO THE NETHERLANDS
This summer the choir went on a magnificent tour to The Netherlands, performing in Amsterdam, Dorrecht, and Duurstede.
THREE CHOIRS CONCERT
THURSDAY 6TH JULY 2023
As is traditional every year, we joined forces with the other two Choral Foundations in Oxford, New College and Christ Church Cathedral to perform an epic concert of music by Weelkes, Byrd, and Tallis. The concert concluded with the famous 40-part motet, Spem in Alium by Tallis which we performed once in the cathedral and once in Tom Quad as an encore. Thanks especially to Professor Steven Grahl for standing in front of an immense choir carving his way through the huge conductor's score!
BACH FOR VOICES AND VIOLS
SATURDAY 20TH MAY 2023
Our Consort of Voices gave a stunning performance of by both Johann Sebastian, and Johann Michael Bach alongside renowned viol consort, Phantasm.
SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 2023
The Choir Performed this much-loved Passiontide piece alongside with soloists, William Pate and Robin Horgan, both former clerks in the College Choir and organist Alexander Pott.