"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 of Magdalen College has such superb diction, especially the boys, in the hands of Daniel Hyde. Hyde treats these pieces with calm and poise.” (MusicWeb International)
“...ably supported by the Choir and its particularly fine trebles.” (The Guardian)
“A word of appreciation too for the gentleness and fragility caught in treble Oliver Doggett’s solo.” (BBC Music Magazine)
“An essential disc for those interested in this repertory.” (Classical CD Review)
“[The Choir] sings with an intensity suitable to the intimately sensuous nature of the work.” (The Observer 5*)
One of the great traditions in Oxford is that of May Morning, the time when the city celebrates the coming of Spring. Since the early 16th century, the first day of May has begun at 6am with Magdalen College Choir singing from the top of the Great Tower, welcoming the rising sun. The occasion typically attracts crowds of thousands of people to the High Street below, bringing together Oxford's communities to enjoy dancing, singing and revelry, and to listen to the Choir from the foot of the Tower.
Unusual May Mornings
Owing to the pandemic, May Morning 2020 was celebrated with an online offering, recorded remotely by members of the Choir during the national lockdown. In May 2021, the Choir presented an Online May Morning, recorded in secret during the preceding week.