Behind the scenes at a Winchester Christmas

16 December 2016, 10:32

Winchester College Carol Concert

This year we returned to Winchester College to join the Quiristers of the school for their annual carol service. You can listen again to the broadcast online until Christmas Eve and watch videos of the service below.

Picture: Hester Marriott

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When Winchester College was founded in 1382 the founder, William of Wykeham, made provision for 16 boys – the Quiristers – to sing in the Chapel for services.

For more than 600 years, the college has maintained the tradition. And for the second time, we joined the Quiristers for their annual Christmas carol service. Here are some of the highlights.

In the Bleak Midwinter – Harold Darke

A frankly stunning performance of Darke's version of this Christmas carol 

In the Bleak Midwinter – by Harold Darke

The Quiristers of Winchester College perform a Christmas favourite



The Glory of the Lord – Handel

The Quiristers opened their service with this Baroque gem.

The glory of the lord by Handel – Winchester Quiristers

A performance by the Quiristers of Winchester



And the service closed with… 

This classic and arguably the greatest descant ever written

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – The Quiristers of Winchester

Mendelssohn's beautiful carol performed in Winchester


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