Music experience of the King’s Court – in four cities

New-College-Choir-2On of the most celebrated vocal ensemble in England, Choir of New College Oxford – as part of the Church Music Festivel – performs in Budapest, Pécs, Debrecen and Nyíregyháza. The Choir of New College Oxford is one of the most prestigious vocal ensemble of the United Kingdom, has a long history. Among the few „Oxbridge” choirs (a blend word referring to the two historical educational centre, University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge) that have continuously been active since the 14th century. The choir was found by William Wykeham, founder of New College University. Initially it numbered sixteen boys; today, however, the number of members has  grown up to thirty. In the middle ages, beyond their duty of singing, university students – who used to have high social status – had the right to order the boys to serve – by bringing a pint of beer, for instance.

Today, the choir is considered to be one of the leading vocal ensembles, with a repertoire ranging all types of church music: in addition to the Anglican songs and psalms they perform celestial harmonies by Bach, Purcell, Palestrina and Fauré.  In addition to their uplifting concerts, they contributes to the regular services at their church. Members are entitled to receive allowance for their services but, as the most important benefit, their future career will be promoted by their choir practice.