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The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford

Director: Stephen Farr

Organ Scholars: Nicholas Freestone, Alexander Goodwin, and Benjamin Cunningham

We are thrilled to announce that Worcester College Chapel ChoRES10138_cover_300dpi-2ir’s latest recording for the Resonus Classics label under the direction of Stephen Farr,  Nowell sing we (2014), has been named BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Christmas Choice’ for this year.  This disc now follows in the footsteps of  our first volume of contemporary Christmas carols, This Christmas Night (2012), which was also named ‘Christmas Choice’ in 2012.

Reviews:

‘[…] would that all new Christmas issues were as fresh and enterprising as this one! There isn’t a routine setting among them, and many are strikingly successful […]  Stephen Farr directs well-contrasted performances’

BBC Music Magazine (Christmas Choice 2014, 5 stars performance & sound)

For more information and reviews, click here.

 

 

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As part of the College’s Tercentenary celebrations, Worcester College Chapel Mixed Choir are extremely pleased to announce the release of a new CD, Echoes of the Lake. Available from the Porter’s Lodge, or after Chapel services, the CD is of music composed by Worcester Composers, including the Tercentenary Commission Benedicite by Deborah Pritchard. Other music includes At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners by the current Fellow in Music, Robert Saxton, As a Lily Among Thorns by Thomas Hyde, College Lecturer, Let all the world by Kenneth Leighton (Fellow in Music 1968-70), and Edmund Rubbra’s (Fellow in Music 1947-68) bombastic Canticles in Ab, and much more.

Directed by the new Director of Music, Thomas Allery, this CD gives a unique insight into the music of Worcester composers over the past 300 years. £10.

For more information and reviews, click here.

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The Choir of Worcester College, Oxford

Director: Stephen Farr

Organ Scholars: Edward Turner & Nicholas Freestone

Available to download from www.resonusclassics.com or from iTunes

BBC Music Magazine ‘Christmas Choice’ 2012: “A wonderful collection of carols… delectably sensitive performances… the sound is impeccable”

Performances that radiate a heartfelt glow.  The entire sequence, wisely chosen and sung with the utmost expressiveness and skill, is a pure delight.” Five stars.  – The Daily Telegraph

For more information, reviews, and complete track listing, click here.

 

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The Chapel Boys’ Choir of Worcester College, Oxford

Directed and accompanied by Edward Turner & Nicholas Freestone

Available from Worcester College Lodge, or the Chaplain, Jonathan Arnold

The Chapel Boys’ Choir of Worcester College, Oxford present a selection of Christmas music.  The recording ranges from congregational favourites to 20th century British repertoire, including William Mathias, John Gardner and John Rutter, portraying the great tradition of Christmas choral music through the ages and especially its revival in Britain in the 20th century.

Credits
Produced and edited by Andrew Post, VIF Records
Artwork: Edward Turner, Photography: keithbarnesphotography.co.uk

For more information, and complete track listing, click here.

 

 

Previous Recordings

Choral Evensong from Worcester College, Oxford

Recorded in 2011 to mark Richard Smethurst’s retirement as Provost, the new CD, sung by both choirs, includes Wash me Throughly by Wesley, Howells’ Gloucester Service and Parry’s I was Glad and much more.

Available for £10 from the Porter’s Lodge and Chaplain.

Weelkes’ Ninth Service and other choral music

Recorded in the Chapel of Oxford Brookes University in May and June 2002 under the directorship of Judy Martin and produced by Robin Wright, this CD contains an assortment of music from Thomas Weelkes’ setting of the Magnificat and Ninc Dimittis to Michael Tippett’s arrangements of Negro Spirituals from A Child of our Time. The organ scholars are Tristan Russcher and Cameron Luke and the Chapel Choir of 2001-2.

Available for £10 from the Porter’s Lodge and Chaplain.

Christmas from Oxford

“Favourite carols, glorious acoustics, fine organ playing. Well-known Christmas music familiar from broadcasts such as Nine Lessons and Carols.”

Recorded in the College Chapel and released in 1998, the CD was directed by Christopher Sparkhall and produced by Martin Souter, with Myles Hartley at the organ.

There is a Spirit

A CD of music by famous composers of Worcester college. Includes works by Rubbra, Leighton, Saxton and others. Recorded December 2005, Directed by Tom Primrose, with Dan Chambers at the Organ.
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Heavenly Fire

An excellent recording of choral works by Britain’s premier contemporary composers: Robert Saxton, James MacMillan, Judith Weir, Francis Pott, Jonathan Dove, Francis Grier, Judith Bingham and Peter Maxwell Davies.

A recent review said:
“The singing – and the Keble acoustic, of course, is just gorgeous. So accomplished and coupled with a very professionally produced CD as well, it is a truly wonderful addition to my collection.

I have found nothing to complain at at all in any sense, and certainly not the more dissonant items on the programme. The dissonances themselves are so confidently sung that they add what they always do to a piece “movement on”.

Congratulations all round. A first class piece of work.”

Available for £12 from the Porter’s Lodge and Chaplain.

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