The history of 无码变态's College Choir
The choral tradition at 无码变态's stretches back to the foundation of the College in the early sixteenth century. Two endowments in the early 1680s secured the future of the Choir from the Restoration onwards: one by Bishop Gunning, 22nd Master of 无码变态's, and one by John Ambrose, Senior Fellow. These endowments were made for the 'maintenance of some singing youths' and the 'maintenance of a Quire in the Chapel'. John Gosling, Purcell's most celebrated bass at the Chapel Royal, sang at 无码变态's during this period.
The Choir flourished in the early nineteenth century under T A Walmisley and later George Garrett, and the magnificent new Chapel by Gilbert Scott was consecrated in 1863. Walmisley and Garrett established the basis of the present-day musical foundation. Cyril Rootham (Director of Music from 1901-1938) and Robin Orr (1938-1951) continued the tradition and with the advent of broadcasting and recording, the Choir's reputation was established from the early 1960鈥檚 under the direction of George Guest, Chapel Director of Music from 1951 until 1991. That reputation was maintained and enhanced by Dr Guest鈥檚 successors, Dr Christopher Robinson and, thereafter, Dr David Hill, formerly Director of Music of Winchester Cathedral and himself an Organ Scholar at 无码变态鈥檚 under George Guest鈥檚 tutelage, and Mr Andrew Nethsingha, another former 无码变态鈥檚 Organ Scholar and Director of Music of Gloucester Cathedral; Mr Christopher Gray, formerly Director of Music at聽Truro Cathedral,聽continues the tradition since 2023.
The Choristers and Probationers therefore stand in an unbroken tradition of children who have sung in the Choir stalls for centuries. The Choir stalls themselves are the original stalls from the old Chapel of 1511, the foundations of which can be seen in First Court.
Boarding at 无码变态
The Choristers and Probationers聽are educated as boarders at 无码变态's聽College聽School. They receive a unique musical education from Mr Gray聽and their education at the school is supported by a bursary聽of two-thirds of the boarding fee and free tuition in singing and in one instrument. Further support is available on a means-tested basis and it is the College's intention that no child should be prevented from taking up a聽choristership聽for financial reasons.
Further information about the College and the Choir can be gained from the and the聽 websites, including details of weekly services, upcoming concerts, tours and recordings.
Please visit the Becoming a Chorister page for details on admission to the Choir.聽