Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Candlelight
Finzi – God is gone up
Byrd – O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
Purcell – Benedicite
Matthew Martin – Ut unum sint
Ruth Byrchmore – A Birthday
Toby Young – O God, make the door of this house
Guerrero – Ave virgo sanctissima
Clemens non Papa – Ego flos campi
Schütz – Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes
Bach – Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring
Patrick Hadley – My beloved spake
Harris – Faire is the heaven
Stanford – Te Deum in C
Choir of New College, Oxford
Robert Quinney Conductor
New College Choir is one of the most celebrated and acclaimed choral groups of the UK. It comprises around thirty voices, including its famous boy choristers. It has been around since the late 14th century, when William of Wykeham set up a choral foundation within his ‘New’ College. Since then it has regularly sungchapel services, and continues to do so during the University terms (you can drop into Evensong any night of the week – bar Wednesday – and listen). What has changed rather more dramatically over the years is the Choir’s outreach: now its singing is heard the world over, through broadcasts (including regular webcasts of chapel services) and recordings. The Choir has also built up an enviable discography, numbering over one hundred CDs, presenting choral music from all corners of the repertory. Indeed, the range of music sung by the Choir is one of its defining features, making involvement in its work particularly rewarding for singers. It frequently tours, and in the last two years has visited the USA, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Cyprus. From time to time, the Choir teams up with leading instrumental ensembles for live and recorded performances. The Choir has built up a timbre and style which are instantly recognizable, and in which the treble voices are a defining feature.
The new director of New College Choir is Robert Quinney. As Organist and Tutorial Fellow in Music at New College and Associate Professor at the University Faculty of Music, his work comprises the daily direction and training of New College’s world famous choir; teaching and supervision of college students; and lecturing and examining at the Faculty. He moved with his family to Oxford in September 2014, after sixteen months as Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral.
Robert Quinney was Organ Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, and subsequently a postgraduate student under John Butt. Since embarking on a full-time performing career in 2000 he has maintained a keen interest in academic music, with a particular research interest in J. S. Bach. This has combined with his performing work in a series of Bach recordings on the Coro label, of whichGramophone wrote ‘Quinney’s Bach gets to the heart of the music with refreshing clarity and a communication born of genuine understanding’.
Before moving to Peterborough in April 2013, Robert was for almost nine years Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey, following four years as Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. He accompanied those famous choirs in daily choral liturgies and on many recordings, international tours and broadcasts on radio and television. In April 2011 he played for the Marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to an estimated television audience of two billion worldwide; the following year he was featured in the BBC2 documentaryWestminster Abbey.
In addition to his Bach series, Robert Quinney has made critically acclaimed solo recordings of music by Elgar, Wagner, Brahms and Dupré, and appears as accompanist on a wide variety of choral CDs, principally with the choirs of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral and The Sixteen.