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Winchester College Chapel Choir

Winchester College was founded by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, in 1382, and Winchester College Quiristers have for over 625 years sung services in Winchester College Chapel. In modem times they have formed a choir renowned for its excellence, and their musical director is Howard Ionascu. Winchester College Chapel Choir sings the regular services in the College Chapel.

The Quiristers, who form the top line of the choir, perform a wide variety of music at home and abroad. They benefit from bursaries, a first rate all-round education, and a particularly broad musical training which builds confidence, teamwork and a commitment to the highest standards. The Quiristers also sing on their own as a concert choir, as well as with Winchester College Chapel Choir, where they are joined by lower voices who are senior boys from the College, many with previous experience as both choristers and Quiristers.

Until 1966 the Quiristers were educated in a small school within Winchester College but since that time they have attended The Pilgrims’ School, where they are given bursaries which are funded by Winchester College, and means tested top up funding is available up to 100 per cent. At Pilgrims’ the Quiristers benefit from the best academic teaching and join in all the school’s sporting activities.

In addition to singing the regular services each week in the College Chapel, the Chapel Choir broadcasts, records and tours. In recent years they have sung in the Baltic States, USA, Italy, France, Holland, Russia and Germany. They have also performed Bach’s St John Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music. In 2016, they sang together with The Temple Church Choir, for a special 70th birthday concert for the composer John Rutter. They have frequently appear on BBC TV and Radio, including the BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong programme, as well as recording a number of Classic FM’s carol services. The Chapel Choir has recorded a number of discs with Convivium Records, including Stanford’s Choral Music, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and Mozart Requiem with the London Mozart Players.

Many former Quiristers and Chapel Choir members have gone on to take up university choral and organ scholarships and won places at top UK musical conservatoires.


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