Exeter College Chapel Choir
Exeter College Chapel Choir, one of the finest mixed-voice choirs in the University of Oxford will present a program of sacred choral music, much of it from England. This rich Anglican tradition, founded particularly around the office of Evensong, has been in existence for over 500 years and is still as vibrant as ever. The choir are as at home in the sublime music of Byrd,Tallis and their contemporaries as they are in the equally living twentieth century tradition, whose exponents include Elgar, Howells and Parry, who was educated at Eton College, and also at Exeter College, Oxford. His pioneering spirit lives on in the choir today, and the choir continues to go from strength to strength. Contemporary music is also featured in the choir’s repertoire, and they have worked with several living composers, and are currently awaiting a new commission from major English composer Jonathan Dove. Another alumnus, Alec Wyton, will be familiar to Americans for his many years as Organist of St. John the Divine in New York where he was a key part of the musical life of the city, working with many prominent musicians including Leopold Stokowski. The choir also enjoys singing lighter numbers and a cappella arrangements of jazz standards and pop music.