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May Morning 21 Dean blessing
MW conducting in stalls Feb 23
Choir on tower May Morning 19
Introit in antechapel Oct 21
Singing at dawn 2 May 21
Jumping clerks Oct 22

May Morning 


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.  

Tower at dawn
May Morning 21 singing
May Morning 2015
May Morning 21 robing
May Morning 21 Dean blessing
May morning-006 CROP
May Morning 2015
May Morning 2015
May Morning 2014
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