Under Edward Higginbottom's leadership, the Choir of New College Oxford has gained a worldwide reputation and is known particularly for its stylish performances of Renaissance and Baroque music. Despite this high musical profile, with many recording commitments and a full programme of concerts in this country, on the continent of Europe and further afield, it is still recognisably what New College's founder, William of Wykeham, envisaged in the fourteenth century: a choir of sixteen choristers and clerks whose duty was, and still is, to provide a sung liturgy in one of the grandest chapels to be built in Oxford.
The Choir has appeared a number of times at the BBC Proms, and in recent years has performed to audiences in Australia, Brazil, Japan, the Low Countries, France, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.
New College Choir's Novum label has reached its tenth issue with a fabulous Mozart release. In the short space of time of the label's existence, Novum has established for itself a reputation for excellence, integrity, innovation and looks. For the new release, we travel to Salzburg, and get inside the skin of Mozart's music for Archbishop Colloredo. Whatever the strain in personal relations between the two, Mozart produced the loveliest of compositions for his rather austere employer. New College Choir with Collegium Novum performs two of the best scores: the Litaniae Lauretanae (K195) and the Vesperae de Dominica (K321). Thrown in for good measure is the splendid orchestral Epistle Sonata in C (K329). The solo singing in these pieces is undertaken by Choir members, just as in Mozart's day. This gives the recording an unusual homogeneity. It also reveals some astonishing talent. [Novum]
W. A. Mozart
Litanaie Laurentanae K195
2 Sancta Maria
3 Salus infirmorum
4 Regina angelorum
5 Agnus Dei
6 Sonata in C K329
Vesperae de Dominica K321
7 Dixit Dominus
8 Confitebor tibi
9 Beatus vir
10 Laudate pueri
11 Laudate Dominum
Total Playing time: 63'10''
Released November 2013
Marc-Antoine Charpentier has been hailed as France's greatest seventeenth-century composer. This latest release by New College Choir shows you why. In the oratorio Caecilia virgo et martyr (H397), the composer tells in vivid emotional detail the story of St Caecilia, her faith and martyrdom. With an equal level of intensity he marks the death of Queen Marie-Thérèse in the grand motet De profundis clamavi (H189). And at the end of his life, as music master at La Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, he sets the psalm Conserva me Domine (H230) with a rare ingenuity. Three large-scale works from three different phases in Charpentier's life reveal with eloquence his range and accomplishment – we need to hear more of his music! [Novum]
1 Conserva me, Domine (H 230)
2 Caecilia Virgo et Martyr (H 397)
3 De Profundis Clamavi (H 189)
Total Playing time: 72'35''
Recorded at St Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford, July 2012
Released September 2013
The Choir of New College, Oxford Christopher Tye was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, and subsequently gained a doctorate in music at the University. He wrote most of his music whilst Organist and Master of the Choristers at Ely Cathedral. Although much of his music has been lost, his extant compositions reveal a master rivalling his contemporaries, Tallis and Taverner. Another “benchmark recording” from The Choir of New College Oxford, conducted by Edward Higginbottom.
Re-issue of the currently unavailable recording of 1982, featuring Ian Fountain, treble; Nigel Gale, alto; Rogers Covey-Crump,tenor; Colin Scott-Mason, bass. Edward Higginbottom, director.
The Choir of New College, Oxford Britten's sacred music is among the most engaging and original music of its kind composed in the middle years of the 20th century. New College Choir was among the first to recognise its quality, and continues to sing it with passion and panache. This new New College anthology (in 2 CDs), released to mark the centenary of Britten's birth, is an overarching view of his work in this domain, featuring favourites such as Rejoice in the Lamb and the Hymn to St Cecilia alongside settings more rarely heard, the Hymns to St Peter and of St Columba, and the wedding anthem Amo ergo sum. Overall, it offers a definitive panorama of Britten's sacred music from the 1930s to the 1960s in exemplary performances by one of the world's leading choirs. [novum/New College Choir]
Total Playing time: 120'42''
Recorded in the Chapel of New College, Oxford, July 2011 & April 2012
The Choir of New College, Oxford Jonty Ward, treble; Hugh Cutting, alto; Nick Pritchard, tenor; Tom Edwards, bass. Choir of New College Oxford. New Century Baroque. Directed by Edward Higginbottom
Collegium NovumInigo JonesThe Choir of New College, OxfordJonty Ward "When I wrote the entry on Francois Couperin for the New Grove Dictionary of Music, I read through every single extant piece of his music--that is apart from three motets which had not been published at the time, and which were unperformable because they lacked string parts (long since lost). Subsequently I came to see that these three motets--Resonent organa, Ornate aras, and Exultent superi--were among his best. The challenge was to restore them. This I have done by composing string parts that Couperin might have written. These motets, newborn and set in the context of a selection of other sacred music--motets choisis--reveal Couperin as a master not only of keyboard music but also vocal." --Edward Higginbottom
The Choir of New College, OxfordJames SwashJonty Ward Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/ Edward Higginbottom. Soloists drawn from the chorus (Jonty Ward, treble; James Swash, boy alto; Guy Cutting, tenor; Jonathan Howard, bass). What makes this recording special? The use of soloists drawn from the chorus, as in Mozart's day--including young male singers for the soprano and alto solos--combined with the use of a period band. These are not idle historical gestures. The contemporary virtues of this approach are consistency in the sound-world between chorus and solo ensemble, and homogeneity of style between orchestra and chorus.
The musical text employed is Sussmayr's completion of Mozart's unfinished score--what Christoph Wolff has called 'the only document that represents the genuine musical truth of the unfinished work.' [From the Choir of New College website].
The Choir of New College, Oxford The recording displays the musical energy associated with New College Choir, coloured by the very special sound of its trebles alongside outstanding tenor and bass voices. Apart from brilliant contributions from the tenors Nicholas Mulroy, Thomas Hobbs and Thomas Raskin, all the solo material is taken by Choir members, emphasizing the nature of the music as a consort work. This approach to the score conforms to historical practice, but retains a contemporary sense of drama and musical inflection. The Choir is joined by another award-winning group, the Oxford-based Charivari Agréable (director: Kah-Ming Ng). Their instrumental contribution, scrupulously following the directions given in the 1610 print, and coming to a climax in the Sonata sopra Sancta Maria and the Magnificat, brings the Vespers sequence to a brilliant conclusion.
The Choir of New College, Oxford ‘The Glory of New College’ is a delightful collection compiled from the extensive catalogue of superb recordings on the CRD label. New College are acknowledged to be one of the best choirs in the world and they are directed here by Edward Higginbottom. Spanning the centuries, the set contains works by Taverner (Mater Christi), Byrd (Gloria), Tallis (Dum Transisset), Purcell (Rejoice in the Lord Alway), Boyce (By the Waters of Babylon), Stanford (The Lord is my shepherd), Faure (Sanctus & Pie Jesu) and many more.
(2 CDs: 123:18)
The Choir of New College, Oxford Sung in English
Mhairi Lawson - soprano
Rufus Mϋller - tenor
David Stout - bass
Oxford Philomusica, Choir of New College Oxford / Edward Higginbottom
The Oxford Philomusica is the professional orchestra in residence at the University of Oxford and has been described as ‘a musical resource for the city and beyond.’ To celebrate their 10th Anniversary the Oxford Philomusica release Hadyn’s masterpiece, The Creation, recently performed live at the Cadogan Hall to rapturous applause.
The Choir of New College, OxfordOtta Jones The Victorian and Edwardian Anthem The Choir’s most recent recording for CRD of anthems by Bridge, Elgar, Parry, Stainer and Wood, and the evening canticles in F minor by Alan Gray, is scheduled for release early in March. The CD complements an earlier recording on the CRD label, The Georgian Anthem, which includes works by Attwood, Battishill, Crotch, Walmisley and S. Wesley.
The Choir of New College, Oxford The music of Nicholas Ludford has been recovered only relatively recently, through the work of John Bergsagel, Nicholas Sandon and David Skinner. Few composers of his stature have been so comprehensively and so unjustly ignored for nearly five centuries. This CD presents one of his most accomplished ‘festal’ masses ‘Benedicta et Venerabilis’ and two of his extended antiphons.
The Choir of New College, Oxford This recording of North American music of the last fifty or so years includes music by a Russian, Igor Stravinsky. His origins notwithstanding, he is one of the ‘grand old men’ of twentieth-century American music, having become an American citizen in the early 1940s, shortly before writing his Mass for choir and double wind quintet. The recording ends with a spritual, arranged by one of Britain’s most eminent twentieth-century composers—a sort of compliment to the American tradition from the other side of the pond. The rest of the music speaks for itself, with an inimitable American accent from beginning to end.
Recorded in New College Chapel, 11-15 July 2005.
The trebles are Henry Jenkinson (11), Otta Jones (12), & Robert Brooks (13); with Iestyn Davies, countertenor, Toby Spence, tenor, Eamonn Dougan, bass; Academy of Ancient Music; Choir of New College, Oxford; conductor Edward Higginbottom, (Director of the New College Choir).
The tracks listed below are only those sung by the solo sopranos (and the numbers do not correspond to the CD tracks). BJP
The Choir of New College, Oxford Edward Higginbottom and his Choir of New College Oxford present the second of three CDs exploring 20th-century choral music, this one concentrating on many of the contemporary British compositions that have figured in their popular New College chapel programmes and delighted many diverse audiences of students, Fellows and visitors alike.
The Choir of New College, Oxford After a lengthy delay, the Choir's disc of anthems by Attwood, Battishill, Crotch, Walmisley (also including the Evening Canticles in D minor) and Samuel Wesley is to be released by CRD at the beginning of April. The CD complements an earlier recording (with the same title) on the Meridan label of works by Boyce, Greene and Hayes (former organist of New College and Professor of Music for over 30 years), and other choir CRD recordings of works by Boyce and Grene. Recorded in July 2002. Released in 2006.
The Choir of New College, Oxford Later in April, on the 24th, the first of three new CDs from Avie is to be released. The first disc, Poulenc and his French contemporaries, is of music by Poulenc (including the Mass in G), Messiaen and Villette and was recorded last summer in France in the Abbey Church of S Michel en Thierache.
The Choir of New College, OxfordJoe Littlewood The Choir of New College Oxford presents the listener with an evensong that is typical of the Choir’s daily routine at New College during University Term. The recording also celebrates the college’s Founder, William of Wykeham, who died 600 years ago this year.
Magnificat: setting in G major by Charles Stanford features treble soloist Joseph Littlewood
The Choir of New College, OxfordJoe Littlewood The carols are woven into four tableaux, or pictures of the Nativity. I Birth in a Manger (tracks 1-7), II Visitors bearing Gifts (tracks 8-13), III A Spotless Rose (tracks 14-17) and IV Jubilation (tracks 18-23)
The Choir of New College, Oxford The choir and the Academy of Ancient Music are under the direction of Edward Higginbottom. The principal soloists are Sophie Daneman and Noemi Kiss. The 2 CDs are divided in 38 tracks; only the title of the pieces are written below.
The Choir of New College, OxfordMax Jones John Harle, saxophone; Max Jones, treble solo; Edward Higginbottom; The Choir of New College, Oxford; Paul Goodwin; The Academy of Ancient Music. The choir sing only on track 1.
The Choir of New College, Oxford With texts from 6th to 11th-century, Ireland and Wales, 14th to 19th century Scotland, Brittany and Cornwall, and the ordinary of the Mass. Soloists: Lindsay Wagstoff, soprano, Emmanuel Lawler, gaelic tenor, John Bowley, latin tenor. The choir is under the dirction of Edward Higginbottom and the English Chamber Orchestra under the direction of John Cameron.
The Choir of New College, Oxford Recorded in the Chapel of New College, Oxford, the choir is directed by Edward Higginbottom. Soloists in "Gaude Gloriosa": James Babbage & Joseph Conder (trebles), David Hurley & Andrew Bushell (altos), Tim Robinson & Rufus Müller (tenors), Jeremy Cox, James Fowler & Andrew Mullen (basses). All tracks, except 4 & 8, are from the Cantiones Sacrae (1575)
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The Choir of New College, Oxford Directed by David Lumsden
The cover is the picture of New College in the fifteenth-century manuscript of Thoms Chandler, Warden of the college from 1453 to 1475. It shows the front quandrangle and cloister, much as they remain, and, in the foreground, the complete medieval foundation of Warden, seventy scholars, ten chaplains, three clerks, and sixteen choristers.
The Choir of New College, Oxford Re-release of the 1984 LP. Music composed by James Horner. The music in the film was performed by the California Boychoir. The choir on the CD is the Oxford New College Choir.
The Choir of New College, Oxford Christopher Hogwood conducts outstanding soloists and the Chorus and Orchestra of the Academy of Ancient Muwsic [and The Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom, master of music] in this performance of Haydn's much-loved oratorio, sung in English and filmed in the ancient splendour of Gloucester Cathedral. In this unique film the performance is illustrated with stunning footage of the natural world from the BBC Natural History Unit and classic paintings by Haydn's contemporaries, including Blake and Turner