Founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and twice Chancellor of England, Winchester College is one of the oldest and best-known schools in Great Britain. Wykeham's original foundation included 70 scholars, and although the school has now grown tenfold in size, the same number of scholars continues to live in medieval chambers next to the College Hall and Chapel. Wykeham also made provision for 16 singing-boys called Quiristers, whose duty was to sing at Chapel services.
For over 600 years, Winchester College has maintained its ancient choral foundation, and the Quiristers now form the treble line in Winchester College Chapel Choir, besides singing a good deal in their own right as a boys' concert choir.
The lower voices in the Chapel Choir are provided by senior pupils (and some staff) from the College, many of whom have themselves been Quiristers or choristers at cathedrals and other choral foundations.
Winchester College Chapel Choir sings a full range of choral services in the College Chapel. It gives recitals, broadcasts and records for BBC Radio and Television, and makes regular tours abroad, most recently to Canada and Hong Kong. The current Quiristers have been particularly successful in the BBC Young Chorister of the Year Competition, winning the title in 2001, 2003 and 2004.
Since 1966 the Quiristers have been educated along side the Cathedral Choristers at Pilgrim School.
Quirister the official website, solely dedicated to the quiristers
Winchester College Quiristers The first recording from the magnificent Chapel Choir of Winchester College since Malcolm Archer (formerly Wells and St Paul’s Cathedrals) took over in 2007. A beautiful collection of favourite anthems and several rarities including Elgar’s great setting of Light out of Darkness and works by Sumsion and MacMillan. Paul Provost was organist. Soloists were Robert Cross, Samuel Luton and Jonathan Midgely. Head Quirister was Daniel Mercer.
Currently scheduled to be available 20-Apr-2009.
Unfortunately this CD has gone out of print and is not available in pressed format anymore. However, Herald AV still has this album on offer as a professionally produced CD-R. As I prefer pressed CDs, I do not offer this album anymore but you can get it from The Record Corner www.therecordcorner.co.uk
"Something's Coming" is one of the most vivid and finest albums which was available in the treble genre. Featured are the Quiristers of Winchester College, including soloists such as Harry Sever (BBC Chorister of the year 2003) and Nicholas Stenning (BBC Chorister of the year 2001/2).
Unfortunately it has gone out of print and is not available in pressed format anymore. However, Herald AV still offers this album on professionally produced CD-R media, all like the original album except for the disc itself.
Therefore I do not sell this album anymore. Nevertheless you can still get the CD-R re-release from The Record Corner www.therecordcorner.co.uk, Herald AV's local partner.
Winchester College Quiristers Three masses by W. A. Mozart, the Little Credo Mass, the Missa Brevis in B Flat and the Missa Brevis in C (Spatzenmesse) as well as two sonatas and the motet Ave Verum Corpus are featured on this recording. The Quiristers and four well chosen soloists give a wonderful rendition of the above listed works. They are accompanied by the Amadi Orchestra. The recording was made in Winchester College Chapel in July 1990.
Meanwhile this album has gone out of print. Thus, it is not available in normal shops anymore.
Jonathan BridcutJames Cripps Winchester College Quiristers The Winchester College Quiristers: Billy Budd (vocals); Oliver Bolton, Jonathan Bridcut, Francis Burt, James Cripps, Johnny Flynn, James Kelly, Patrick Kelly, Hugh McCormick, Thomas Park, Andrew Richardson, John Robb, Hugo Ryder, Antony Willott (background vocals). (Although many choristers are credited, there may not be any solo parts.)
Winchester College Quiristers With Sara Macliver (soprano), Winchester College Chapel Choir, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra / William Lacey
This selection of music for Christmas brings together East and West in the collaboration of Winchester College Chapel Choir and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded live in Hong Kong in December 2004, this disc features a selection of perennial favourites from the Baroque period, including Bach cantatas and Handel’s Messiah, and three exquisite modern carols.
Running Time: Concert: 99:32. NTSC: Region 0. Sung texts included
Winchester College Quiristers "This England's book of well-loved hymns and their writers". 159 pp. Fully-illustrated book traces the origins of approximately 90 popular hymns. Not specifically about choirs except for one composer's entry describing his work with the Winchester College Quirsters.