Oxford Summer Course 2022

Venue New College, Oxford
Start date 25/07/22
End date 27/07/22
Handel: Zadok the Priest
Purcell: Full Fathom Five
Jonathan Dove: Assorted songs
Gwyneth Herbert: Friday Afternoons
Errollyn Wallen: Friday Afternoons
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About the course

This summer we are offering our singing schoolers a unique opportunity to sing in two of the loveliest Oxford College chapels. The first two days of the course will be held at St Peter’s College   (https://www.spc.ox.ac.uk/)  and the final day will be at the New College, Oxford (https://www.new.ox.ac.uk/college). Families are welcome to attend the informal concerts at the end of each day. 


Courses are structured so that each day will conclude with an informal concert, and the end of the course with a special concert featuring the music rehearsed during the full course.

The course includes whole-group singing, musical games and exercises to improve sight reading and small group vocal coaching with other children of a similar age. Every care will be taken to provide age and experience-appropriate tuition.

A typical day will consist of a morning warm-up session followed by full choir practice; a mid-morning break (please provide a nut free snack and water)  followed by smaller group sessions.  After lunch, there will be further group sessions, focusing on music reading and theory before a final full choir practice, another short break (please provide a nut free snack and water) and a final sing-through before the concert.

Each day will begin at 9.30 (registration from 9 am) and conclude at 3.30 (with a short concert at 3.15pm or 3pm on the last day).

About the venue

The Foundation

New College was founded in 1379 by William of Wykeham (1324-1404), bishop of Winchester, as ‘the college of St Mary of Winchester in Oxford’, and it was the largest college in Oxford at that time. It very soon became known as New College to distinguish it from an earlier Oxford college (Oriel, founded 1326) also dedicated to the Virgin Mary, but its full title remains in use today for formal transactions.

Wykeham had risen from modest beginnings in Hampshire to become Lord Chancellor twice, under both Edward III and Richard II. He allowed New College to adopt his private coat of arms and personal motto ‘Manners makyth Man’ as emblematic of its collegiate identity.

His statutes provided for a college comprising a Warden and 70 Fellows, both graduates and, a novelty at the time, undergraduates. Senior Fellows taught the juniors – the beginning of a formal tutorial system. Every Fellow had to have been a scholar of Wykeham’s other foundation, Winchester College (1382). The provision of religious services, chaplains and choristers were central to Wykeham’s scheme; the Choir and Choir School persist to this day, over 600 years later.


Holywell St. Oxford, Ox1
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