It was a great pleasure to welcome the newly appointed Dean of Chapel, the Revd Dr Jeremy Morris, at the start of the Michaelmas Term. Jeremy has quickly shown himself to be an enthusiastic supporter of the Choir, and music in the College generally.
There seems to be no diminution in the number of visitors to the Chapel and its services, and our musicians – choristers, choral scholars and organ scholars – play no small part in what we offer to those who visit. Dedication to the daily office is at the centre of the life of the Choir.
The Choir has enjoyed a varied programme of recordings, concerts and broadcasts. Abroad it has visited Germany, Holland, Switzerland, China (a first) and South Korea, where the Sohns, parents of chorister Juhwan, were very generous hosts, introducing the party to local cuisine at a magnificent lunch in Seoul.
Within the UK, the Choir sung at Kingston Parish Church, one of the College livings, at Durham and Canterbury Cathedrals, at the Sage in Gateshead, and in London, at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and Kings Place.
Other notable occasions were the Christmas carol broadcasts on television and radio, the latter featuring a newly commissioned work by Rautavaara, and the Easter at King's festival. A memorial service for Sir Frank Kermode (Hon. Fellow) featured Bach Cantata 106 and a concert honouring Robert Tear (Hon. Fellow and former choral scholar) included Britten Serenade. There were collaborations with St John's College Choir at the annual joint Evensong, with St John's and Trinity for the Honorary Degree Congregation in the Senate House, the last to be presided over as Chancellor of the University by the Duke of Edinburgh, and with the choirs of Winchester and Eton Colleges, and New College, Oxford at an evensong in Eton College Chapel to mark the retirement of Ralph Allwood as Precentor there.
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