Winchester College was founded by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, in 1382, and Winchester College Quiristers have sung for over 625 sung services in Winchester College Chapel. In modern times they have formed a choir renowned for its excellence, and their musical director is Malcolm Archer.
The Quiristers perform a wide variety of music at home and abroad. They benefit from scholarships, a first rate all-round education, and a particularly broad musical training which build confidence, teamwork and a commitment to the highest standards. The Quiristers sing on their own as a concert choir, and also as Winchester College Chapel Choir, where they are joined by lower voices who are senior boys from the College, many with previous experience as both choristers and Quiristers.
Until 1966 the Quiristers were educated in a small school within Winchester College but since that time they have attended The Pilgrims’ School, where they are given scholarships worth half the full boarding fee. These scholarships are funded by Winchester College. At Pilgrims’ the Quiristers benefit from the best academic teaching and join in all the school sporting activities.
In addition to singing four regular services each week in the College Chapel, the Quiristers broadcast, record and go on tour. In recent years they have sung in the USA, Canada, Germany, the Czech Republic and Hong Kong. They also perform a fascinating mix of both sacred and secular repertoire and regularly sing in London, where performances have included the BBC Promenade Concerts. They also frequently appear on TV and Radio. On three occasions since the Millennium, Quiristers have won the title of BBC Young Chorister of the Year, by any standards an outstanding record.
Quiristers are usually required to sing in term time only which means they can spend Christmas and Easter with their families. For boys with musical gifts, our musical training offers a unique opportunity. All our boys learn two instruments, with practice timetabled and supervised, and many win scholarships (academic and musical) to a range of secondary schools.
We are always looking for new recruits, and we welcome enquiries from parents with sons who enjoy singing. Malcolm is always happy to meet parents and to give informal advice.
The Quiristers and the Chapel Choir are available for concerts, broadcasts, recordings and film and TV sound tracks, and for further details about their availability, or about how to become a Quirister, please contact Malcolm Archer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
New CD released:
"My Beloved Spake" - Favourite Anthems from Winchester College
Regent Records REGCD 290
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