Events this term

Michaelmas Term 2018 will be full of events in the Chapel and for the Choir, beginning with several events especially for freshers and culminating in two London performances and three carol services.

Freshers’ Welcome Service

All Freshers are invited to a service to mark the beginning of their career at Worcester College on Thursday of Freshers’ Week (4 October) at 6.45pm. The Chapel is famous throughout Oxford for its beauty and extraordinary design. Now it is at the heart of your life here and a place where you will always find stillness and calm. A drinks reception will follow the service.

Open Rehearsal and Auditions for the Chapel Choir
On Saturday of Freshers’ Week (6 October) there will be an opportunity to sing with and to audition for the Chapel Choir. The open rehearsal will begin at 4.30 with Evensong at 6.15 pm. Auditions with the Director of Chapel Music will be held after the service, at approximately 7 pm. Questions or enquiries in advance may be made to thomas.allery@worc.ox.ac.uk.

Freshers’ Evensong

Join us for the first College Evensong of term, sung by the Combined Choirs, and discover the twin pleasures of Chapel and Formal Hall (don’t forget to book in!) 5.45 on Sunday of 1st week (7 October). The Chaplain will preach.

Joint Evensong with St Peter’s College
The adults of the Choir will sing Evensong with the Choir of St Peter’s College, in their Chapel, at 6 pm on Thursday of 2nd week (18 October).

Trebles’ trip to Gloucester Cathedral
On Tuesday of 4th week (30 October) at 5.30 pm the Boys’ Choir will sing Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral. On  that day the lower voices of the Choir will sing Evensong in Chapel at the usual time.

Requiem for All Souls

We will keep the eve of All Souls on Thursday of 4th week (1 November) with a Requiem (setting by Fauré) during which we will remember all those whom we love but see no longer. There will be an opportunity at the end of the service to remember the departed. If you would like anyone remembered by name at the service please print their names on the sheet at the back of Chapel, or email the Chaplain directly.

Service of Remembrance for the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice

There will be a College Service of Remembrance concluding our centenary commemoration of the First World War on Armistice Day (11 November) at 5.45 pm. As in previous years, there will also be a display which shares stories of the College’s war dead.

Concert at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London
On 14 November (Wednesday of 6th) the Choir present an evening concert in the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy in London, including Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor. For details please contact the Director of Chapel Music.

Summer Fields visits Worcester

On 21 November (Wednesday of 7th) the choir of Summer Fields School, Oxford will return to the Chapel to sing Evensong at 6.15 pm.

Orchestral Concert at St Mary-le-Bow

The Choir will join the Academy of St Mary-le-Bow for a concert in the church of St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London on 24 November (Saturday of 7th week). Music will include Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe and Beatitudes.

Advent and Christmas Carol Services
The ever-popular College service of Advent Lessons and Carols will take place on Sunday 25 November (eighth week) at 5.45 pm, followed by an Advent and Christmas Carol Service on Thursday of 8th week at 6 pm. Both will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the cloister. Come early to get a seat!

Community Carol Service

Old Members, Staff of the College, and their families, together with anyone who might be helping people move out of College, are particularly invited to a Carol Service on Saturday of 8th week (1 December) at 12 pm. All are welcome, and the service will be followed by the usual refreshments in the cloister. Those planning to attend from outside Oxford are asked to contact the Assistant Chaplain for a free ticket.

Epiphanytide Festival

At the end of 1st week of Hilary (17-20 January), the Chapel will celebrate its second annual Epiphanytide Festival with Handel’s Messiah, ‘Gibbons and Gin’ early music and gin tasting, recitals, a ‘Come and Sing’, and much more. Please look for publicity during term for tickets and times, but save the dates: Thursday of 1st until Sunday of 2nd!